My long time pen friend (since the teens!) Petrusa lives in South Africa.
And as you may well be aware, things have been getting a bit wild in South Africa recently!
Last night, I was having a drink with my best friend Shinya Shirasu in the Ginza district of central Tokyo. At exactly half past eight Tokyo time, I disappeared into the bathroom and reappeared with a different kind of T-shirt. It was a replica for team Japan at the world cup. It was the kick-off time for the big game.
With much preparation and anticipation we followed the game closely. I love the whole atmosphere of the matches in this particular world cup. The never-ending sound of the vuvuzelas are music to my ears. It somehow reminds me of the beautiful landscape that Petrusa has been telling me. Things resonate. making connections.
Sadly, Japan lost to the Netherlands by 0 to 1, but we had fun. We shouted abuses and obscenities from time to time. What are the world cup matches for without some manifestations of the wild spirit?
As the party went on, the situation became more chaotic and haphazard and culminated in something like this, a photo taken from one of our earlier parties.
The take home message: Become friends and embrace each other, people of the world! This marvelous world cup in Petrusa's country is a very good opportunity.
Demonstrators of the get-together spirit. (From left) Masanobu Ikeda, Shinya Shirasu, and myself.