At the northern tip of Taiwan last weekend was the 5th annual Bear Beach Party. A lot of big boys, sun, and fun. I’ll share some more photos this week.
I met this random politician in one of those instant car parking lots that sprout across Tokyo like weeds. There’s something about his confident and boysih grin in the eerie fluorescent lighting. I have no idea what office he aspires to, or what party or ideas he represents. Still, I was persuaded!
Walking in the back streets of posh Omotesando, I stumbled upon this simulacra of a Gothic cathedral, named Saint Grace. Apparently it is famous in Tokyo. Apart from the bunches of electric wires on the street out front, and the partial miniaturization, it is the splitting image of historic France.
Of course, this being Japan, there are no religious services at Saint Grace. Its function is purely theatrical: Weddings, Receptions, Party and Events.
I love Japan’s entirely surface approach to religion and use of foreign styles as backdrops. None of the unpleasant dogmas of Catholic religion, and with all the fun and exoticism of foreign forms.
Election season is full of sound trucks and what often sounds like angry voices. The oddly named Happiness Realization Party was all ladies, all upbeat white gloves and smiles. They seemed so upbeat I wondered if they would share whatever drugs they were on. Or maybe they were surprised that even one person was paying attention to any politician. (BTW, I think this minor party is a cult).