A Haiku for Dams
Ever since I finished reading Dogs & Demons: The Fall of Modern Japan by Alex Kerr about a month back, the way I see life in Japan has changed a lot. It’s a devastating book that lists up a massive amount of incomprehensible facts about how Japan works, and why it has become the way it is. It covers Japanese society, culture, economy and foreign relations widely enough to include disturbing facts that anyone who is interested in Japan, obviously including non-native Japanese people who live in Japan as well, should have it in their book shelves. The only problem is that it turns the illusion of Japan (supposedly of being a super-modern country parading at the very front in terms of infrastructure, technology, health care and whatnot), into what it really is; a country that faced sever problems after opening its ports to the world a mere 150 years back, booming after the Second World War and halting somewhere between 1970 and 1990, with a government abusing its people, its nature and its hopeful long-term visitors. If you can handle it, buy it, read it, and see Japan in a completely different way. You’re in for some big ass bumps on your way there. Or maybe that should be big ass tetrapods.
I could not have said it better myself.
After the first chapter, this book, with the cruel reality of it, turned from this pain killer to my endless suffering in japan that year, it turned into this scary fact about a country heading to a "concrete" wall of its own making, in the speed of Shinkansen.
Many people want to live the Japan Fantasy, it's hard to tell them that it's never really existed.