Japan – a poem

An experiment with experiential learning
Brought me back
Seven years had passed
Since I called Tokyo my home

Like an ex-lover
Familiar but different
A flood of memories
In the streets, big and small

The love and the hate I once felt
for the city, for the culture and for a boy
Fused, buried
A different self, many life times ago

Filled with paradoxes
Racism to extremes
Celebritised or despised
Aliens swimming in a foreign sea

of manicured faces
Designer top to toe
Toy cars, play trucks
Uniforms with helmets

Hostesses and serial killers
Cold beer and hot rice wine
Pachinko, yakuza
Ninjas, samurai

Loud lights scream
A subtle honour
In a fantasy land
called Japan.

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