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Thoughts and reflections on works of fiction and literature. Pondering of life through pictures and words. Babbling about gay rights. Travelogues and anecdotes.

  • [1] Annie Proulx: Brokeback Mountain
  • [2] Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • [3] Yu Hua: To Live
  • [4] Alan Hollinghurst: The Line of Beauty
  • [5] Colm Toibin: The Master
  • [6] Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind
  • [7] William James: The Varieties of Religious Experience
  • [8] Charles Higham: The Civilization of Angkor
  • [9] Graham Greene: A Burnt-Out Case
  • [10] Dai Sijie: Mr. Muo's Travelling Couch
  • [11] Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming-Pool Library
  • [12] Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
  • [13] Colm Toibin: The Blackwater Lightship
  • [14] Alan Hollinghurst: The Folding Star
  • [15] Ross King: Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
  • [16] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
  • [17] Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections
  • [18] Colm Toibin: The Story of the Night
  • [19] John Banville: Shroud
  • [20] Leo Tolstoy: Resurrection
  • [21] Peter Hessler: River Town, Two Years on the Yangtze
  • [22] Ian McEwan: The Atonement
  • [24] Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Love in the Time of Cholera
  • [25] Ignacio Padilla: Shadow without a Name
  • [26] Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
  • [27] Richard Russo: Straight Man
  • [28] Fyodor Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground
  • [29] Alan Hollinghurst: The Spell
  • [30] Hermann Broch: The Death of Virgil
  • [31] James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room
  • [32] Ken Kesey: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • [33] Xingjian Gao: One Man's Bible
  • [34] C. Jay Cox: Latter Days
  • [35] Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • [36] William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew
  • [37] Daniel A. Helminiak: What The Bible Really Says about Homosexuality
  • [38] James Baldwin: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
  • [39] Kenji Yoshino: Covering - The Hidden Assault of Civil Rights
  • [40] Italo Calvino: If, On a Winter's Night A Traveler
  • [41] Arthur Phillips: The Egyptologist
  • [42] George Orwell: 1984
  • [43] Michael Warner: The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and Ethics of Queer Life
  • [44] Andrew Sullivan: Virtually Normal
  • [45] Henry James: The Wings of the Dove
  • [46] Jose Saramago: Blindness
  • [47] Umberto Eco: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
  • [48] Dan Brown: Da Vinci Code
  • [49] Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go
  • [50] Ken Follett: The Pillars of Earth
  • [51] Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  • [52] Michael Thomas Ford: Alec Baldwin Doesn't Like Me
  • [53] Jonathan Franzen: How To Be Alone
  • [54] Jonathan Lethem: The Fortress of Solitude
  • [55] Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club
  • [56] Zadie Smith: White Teeth
  • [57] Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Double
  • [58] Jose Saramago: The Double
  • [59] Andrew Holleran: Dancer from the Dance
  • [60] Heinrich von Kleist: The Marquise of O & Other Stories
  • [61] Andrew Holleran: In September, the Light Changes
  • [62] Tom Perrotta: Little Children
  • November 09, 2006


    Reminiscing Tokyo Part 4: Ginza Day & Night (10/31/06)

    I took pictures of Ginza day and night just so you can see the hustle-and-bustle of this main artery of Tokyo. All sides of the intersection, no matter at any time of the day, are packed with pedestrians waiting to cross, running errands, going to meet someone to seal a business deal, heading home, going to work, gluing to the cellphone.
    After dark, Ginza turns into a party heaven, with clubs and karaoke galore, you'll see members of the hip generation donning outfits purchased from Harajuku plunging into the night life.

    Spared from jetlag, I'm getting back to the swing of routine here. My mind is still daydreaming, though, savoring all the good time I had in Asia, especially in Japan. I'll continue the fun with happenings in Ginza. As you might have realized, I have to separate my travelogue into two sections. On the morning of Halloween (a very peaceful one for me sans party and costumes), I visited Sensoki Temple in Asakusa to ensure making my wish to the goddess with a pure, peaceful and sound of mind. In the afternoon, I hopped on the subway, the Hibiya Line of the Tokyo Metro, to the heart of Tokyo, Ginza.

    Everyone who has been to Japan must know Ginza. It was named after the silver-coin mint established there in 1612 during the Edo period. Modern Ginza began in 1872 when, after a devastating fire, the English architect Thomas Waters designed these 2- and 3-story Gregorian brick buildings when rebuilding was in full swing. The heart of Ginza is the intersection of Chuo-dori and Harumi-dori, dominated by the glass cylinder of the San-ai Building. With its huge neon sign, it's been the image of Ginza on postcards and travel books for decades now. The other corners are occupied by Wako and Mitsukoshi, two of the most prestigious department stores (the former being a cut above), and the Nissan Gallery, which shows off new and classic automobiles.

    I sat down and had an aftertoon-tea set (a piece of chocolate mouusse cake and a beverage for 1575 Yen) at the Hills inside Mitsukoshi. The cafe, which locates on the second floor, is a great people-watching spot that affords an unobstructed view of the busiest intersection (might as well be the most expensive strip of land) in Tokyo. Being unaware of time's passing I whiled away the afternoon as the blue sky petered out and became different hues of gray--neon lights dressing up Ginza at dusk.


    Blogger Tony said...

    Ok Matt...I just got done reading all your posts on Japan and read a few of the shorter Hong Kong posts. WoW! What a trip! I so have to get over to Japan know. I know there is some incredibly beautiful countryside there too! Now if I can figure out how to finance this trip...maybe rob a bank...just kidding of course. As much foreign travel as I have done, I suspect my number of trips abroad may be limited unless my name somehow takes off real big in the desing field. Seems like the desing field is more about long hours these days and low pay. But then again I didn't get into it to necessarily be rich. Guess I'll have to be patient. In the meantime, thanks for sharing your trip memories.

    11/09/2006 8:09 PM  
    Blogger digital t-square said...

    Great pics, Matt! Just looking at them makes me feel like I'm back there visiting again. I really enjoyed my trip there. The flight back and the jetlag really sucked.

    11/09/2006 10:21 PM  

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