I heard that singer Hamasaki Ayumi is a gay-rights supporter, so I don’t mean to be harsh on her. But this image, plastered on a car hood outside Yoyogi Park, alternately fascinates and haunts me. I am amazed that such a pornographic look can circulate in public with no friction. Is this a day look? Should children see this?
I understand that the male gaze prizes artifice over reality, and that simple drag tactics are very effective in attracting male attention (big hair, heavy make-up, scary long nails, and a blank look). I am not shocked that these images are popular, but I am surprised to see them in the daylight and on the street.
Mormons are famous for converting dead people, including Holocaust victims. Now you can convert dead Mormons into gays at AllDeadMormonsAreNowGay. I thought it would be difficult since I don’t have a list of dead Mormons, but the simple UI even helps you Choose-A-Mormon. Thanks to Ericthefez for encouraging my visit and historic betterment.
I love the small details on this handsome conductor uniform: the matching orange band on the cap, the letters on the upper arm, and the stitching around the back pants pockets. I wish I had such a simple yet elegant uniform to wear.
Is this wooden object a stick or a pole? In any case, it is an essential element of Tokyo policing. I love seeing the local cop at the kabin standing guard with the wooden stick, or the more formal occasions in front of a government office.
The tool is at once simple and, most likely, ineffective against any real emergency. Yet its presence is somehow soothing to the police and the public.
Next Saturday I am joining three women friends (two from the ceramic studio) for my very first karaoke box. Those who know me can attest to the fact that I am a terrible singer– with no memory of lyrics or melody. So I am studying now.
Here’s my initial song list. Please let me know if you have any other ideas for simple yet womanly songs:
- Que Sera Sera, Doris Day (Incredibly twisted, few lyrics)
- Diamonds are Forever, Shirley Bassey (Favorable comparison between diamonds and men, double entendre galoure)
- I’ve Never Been to Me, Charleene (Sick, and very familiar)
- (They Long to Be) Close to You, Carpenters
- Doggie in the Window, Patti Page
Several more challenging songs:
- Self Control, Laura Brannigan
- Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Green Day (Token male vocal)
- She’s Not Me, Madonna (Insane jealousy and delusion)
Any other suggestions?