|Balcony in Bunkyo-ku|
At the front of the condo their 6th floor balcony looks out at a music school like Berkley College on one side and a tiny pocket neighborhood of single family homes and is just a block from a six lane Haksan-Dori or White Mountain Ave. On this a main thoroughfare, there is a high rise with a roller coaster and huge ferris wheel. It was like Mass Ave or Boylston Street. But comparison is hard because Tokyo is so huge it could put all of down-town Boston in it's watch-pocket. And Haksan-Dori is not even the largest or busiest street. In Tokyo, even tho' the streets and sidewalks are full of traffic ( loads of bicycles ridden by people of all ages) most of the action is below ground in the incredible subway system.
After working the entire 13 hour flight from Toronto I was feeling almost prepared for my 1st talk of four. And I still needed to create and decide about handouts for a 90 minute lecture and workshop for Mituse's undergraduates at Aoyama Unversity. My presentation had a lot of new material that was not yet formatted for ppt. and was mixed with some existing material. I was really frustrated that I had not prioritizing my time better to make life a bit easier for myself.
So I ate breakfast and got right to work. First, I checked my email. I noticed that I had comment on my blog about kamishibai and there was also link from Tim Ereneta in CA about a young kamishibai storyteller, Yuta Sasaki in Tokyo who uses an iPad in his work and who had vowed, with his sensei to make "kamishibai storytelling a normal part of everyday life again." [ Cannot thank Tim enough for being the kind of 'social connecter' that we admire and try to emulate]
Forgetting my functional illiteracy, I immediately started looking for this young man, Yuta Sasaki's contact info on google. He had a ton of blogs, loads of video, great graphics and pictures. But contact? Oops! All my google and Firefox controls were now in Japanese, including ones that might say "switch language" so I asked Bruce, who was my guide for the day, to help me. I knew I had to at least try to contact Sasaki-san after I read his vow. He was likely a kindred spirit in "promoting the art of storytelling in the 21st century".