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Tokyo, Japan

But then the man said, “Tokyo is bigger than Kumamoto. And Japan is bigger than Tokyo. And even bigger than Japan…” He paused and looked at Sanshiro, who was listening intently now. “Even bigger than Japan is the inside of your head. Don’t ever surrender yourselfーnot to Japan, not to anything, You may think that what you’re doing is for the sake of the nation, but let something take possession of you like that, and all you do is bring it down.”

from Soseki Natsume “Sanshiro” (Translated by Jay Rubin)

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Tokyo, Japan in March, 2014.

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Crazy

My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it’s no coincidence I’ve come
And I can die when I’m done

Maybe I’m crazy
Maybe you’re crazy
Maybe we’re crazy
Probably

Uh, uh

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Berlin, Germany in August, 2013.

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Life of Pi

I love Canada. I miss the heat of India, the food, the house lizards on the walls, the musicals on the silver screen, the cows wandering the streets, the crows cawing, even the talk of cricket matches, but I love Canada. It is a great country much too cold for good sense, inhabited by compassionate, intelligent people with bad hairdos. Anyway, I have nothing to go home in Pondicherry.

from Yan Martel “Life of Pi”

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Hyderabad, India in November 2012.