Although less than 1% of Japanese are Christians, the custom of Christmas festivities and present givings are avidly followed here, especially by the ever eager kids.
When I was six, I wanted so badly the secret base of thunderbirds, complete with Thunderbird 1 and Thunderbird 2. I repeatedly looked at the picture of the machine-equipped and gadget-filled island in the advertisements with shining eyes.
If only I could get the secret base!
The world will be mine, I thought.
I could not get the secret base itself, though. To my great disappointment, the local store did not carry it, and the idea of internet shopping was a futuristic non-existence in those days.
I got a Thunderbird 2 instead.
Although not particularly stylish, because of its abilities to carry tons of equipments, Thunderbird 2 fascinated me. Its fat shape was universally popular among boys.
Maybe that's why my body around the belly resembles the Thunderbird 2 nowadays.
Thunderbird 2, my friend.
The secret base ("Tracy Island").
Something similar to this infused
the 6 year old me with yearning and desire.
Thunderbird 2. My friend.