Monday, February 27, 2006

"Lights... as Far as the Eye Can See..."

Up in a highrise in Tokyo - I look out at the lights of Tokyo and there is no end to them - the city seemingly goes on to the edges of the earth.  The size of this city is an amazing thing to behold at night.  Down on the streets it doesn't seem quite so huge, but up here in the sky, it's a sight to behold.  I suppose that's the way it is in any large city - "The city for the buildings" you could say - you can't see the city at street-level with the buildings getting in the way.

And... that's it...  I thought I would burn up the keyboard writing something about the experience, but it's a simple enough one.  You get up into a sky-side restaurant and sit by the window and the world outside seems endlessly interesting.  It would be nice to have an apartment 50 stories up - turn off the apartment lights and write while contemplating the city of lights stretched out before you like something from a science fiction story.

Hmmm..... taking a look in the windows of one of the neighboring highrises, I see people at work (it's 7:15 p.m. as I write this).  How often do they look out the windows and contemplate the world outside?  Maybe not that often at night - the interiors tend to be a bit overlit, so it's not so easy to see outside anyway.

Well - enough on that.  It seemed downright magical when I first contemplated the view, but the more I look, the more ordinary it becomes!  Truly, there is profound in the mundane and mundane in the profound!

Sore dewa!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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