Japan - Hachi

Posted August 29, 2007

When: August 25, 10:30 AM Where: Righa Royal Hotel, Kyoto

The Japan Times has confirmed that I'm not just whining about the heat -- I'm one of the lucky survivors of this year's heat stroke season, which has claimed 62 lives this month alone.  It's brutal out there.  We've spent our times taking longer subway rides then necessary, trying to ward off the heat.

I finally understand how Japan found inspiration for it's rubber monster culture.  Giant cicadas, the size of small children, cling to trees and screech like jet engines.  They're everywhere -- trees, bushes, anything they can grab on to.  They also make a terrific THWAP on bus windows when hit at high speed.  Anyhow, I understand how the combination of gigantic bugs and heat stroke could inspire a national fascination for chitinous creatures of city destroying proportions.

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