Japanese weirdness

It’s been a long time since I was in Japan. I first went there in 1986 on a Crepuscule package tour and then again in 1988 with Tuxedomoon. We were all floored by the impenetrable alien blade-runner sci-fi jetlagged out and out weirdness of the place. Memorable sights: David Byrne cavorting in his big suit on television to sell canned iced coffee, a crucified pop singer multiplied a thousandfold on the inhouse video network at Parco, the massive Tokyo department store atop which we played in 1988. Too much.

Steven came up to me on the bullet train with a strange triangular origami object. On the back he had written “On this planet this is a drinking cup.”

These videos will prove that things haven’t changed much over there.

Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

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