Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Big Sleep in Japan Part 2

The main reason of this visit was seeing my almost 98-year-old grandma. Nothing is wrong with her yet but it is inevitable for her to be getting frail.

The 7th memorial of the death of my favorite film director Kihachi Okamoto was during my visit. So I went to Ikebukuro to see his films and immensely enjoyed them. I decided to visit his grave near my parents’ place. And near the same cemetery, I found a "cat street" on the way to the Toshiro Mifune’s grave. In no time, two friendly cats with attitude showed up.

More incidents made me think about life and death: my grandma’s mind occasionally experiencing a fine line between the past and present, the 100th anniversary of Taro Okamoto’s birth, my aunt giving me the watch of her recently late daughter (my cousin), etc...   Although these experiences are not exactly happy, I wasn’t depressed either. Somehow, I accepted that life is a part of death and vice-versa.

Later my mom and I went to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.
I was very jealous of the little kids who were able to get on the Neko (cat) Bus from "My Neighbor Totoro".


Then we went to a Neko Cafe near the museum. A Neko Cafe is one of the new trends in Japan; a cafe with several free roaming (or sleeping) cats, and customers pet and play with them. I had been a little worried that it could’ve been abusive for the cats. As far as I saw, cats are masters here like anywhere else.

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