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Slowly Turning Japanese

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Slowly Turning Japanese

I think in Japanese,
write down my thoughts in English,
then twist it all back into sushi,
a tasty bite to eat.

My mind is origami
folding away thoughts into meditation,
only for thoughts to unfold again,
into a crisp sheet of bright city lights.

I love you big much,
love you big time,
the way you giggle nervously.
Titter-titter,
"Tee-hee-hee!"
Must be amazing to find everything so funny.

Big city, sake sunset,
karaoke moon rises 
over a robotic, neon inception.
-transmutation-
Transformer, transformer,
autobotic-neurotic Bumblebee
comes to the aid of Samurai Prime.
"Autobots, transform!!"

Bored of the bright lights?
Weary of the gaijin
doing photo-photo,
snappy-happy,
always looking for a sweet sakura panpan?
Then take a leisurely stroll up to Hokkaido,
less sucky-sucky there,
lots of bow-down-real-low-austerity
alongside the 108 gongs-a-bonging -
chant a few prayers,
speak with the sacred cedars,
take a dip in the hot springs
with some smiling monkeys,
and watch the gently falling snow together.

Nippon, you offer everything.
Can eat 20 times a day without gaining a single pound.
Always room for more.
Can't get enough of miso,
chanko nabe, shabu-shabu,
gyozo, okonomiyaki -
coming up for air,
so I don't drown in my saliva.

I refuse to look back,
refuse to go back to the boredom
of white picket fences and empty dreams.
I am going to stay here forever.
I love you big much,
love you big time,
totemo ureshii da.




March 1st, 2012

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  1. Date: 3/7/2014 8:11:00 PM

    lol..... Irma-san, lol... PD-san

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 9:33:00 PM

    Chris, I was checking out your poetry and came across this one. My daughter-in-law is from Hokkaido. We just got back from there after spending a few days in Tokyo, a few at a traditional ryokan in Kyoto, and a few at various hot springs in Hokkaido with all the extended family. Needless to say, we had a great experience as we got the real thing, not the gaijin tourist trip. Cheers, Roy

  1. Date: 8/26/2012 11:35:00 PM

    Reading this reminded me of those one-hit wonders of the eighties known as "The Vapors". Their sole recording making the Billboard Top 40 was "Turning Japanese". Very descriptive write, Chris.

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 11:45:00 AM

    just bugging you...soupymail

  1. Date: 3/26/2012 11:25:00 AM

    this is so funny! and entertaining :P your change of voice reminds me of the japanese guy in the tv show south park - are you familiar with him at all? my husband loves mimicking his accent. i loved "doing photo-photo, snappy happy" lol.

  1. Date: 3/14/2012 12:29:00 PM

    Well, I can relate to this poem! I too think in Japanese, then I translate into Spanish, then into North Corean to finally write in English! That's how I write my Haiku-Tanka-Senryu! The problem is that I dont know either Japanese or Corean! : ) I love hidden meanings! Have a great day. Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/11/2012 12:50:00 PM

    WHERE HAVE U BEEN, THESE WRITINGS EXCITE ME. BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO ALL POETS, THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE!

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 6:37:00 PM

    freaking awesome

    A  Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 3/7/2012 7:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    kisses...kisses to you my babe... NATE...
  1. Date: 3/7/2012 5:24:00 PM

    I really think so.

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 9:40:00 AM

    Okey dokey, Chris-san it is just weird that everybody is so comforting and want to support me lol :D

  1. Date: 3/7/2012 4:35:00 AM

    Mr. A :) just me having nothing to do for lunch time so I am bothering you quickly.. That narrative was actually for the "Missing" contest.. hmmm does it really come across as being real??? do you think I should add a footnote saying it's for the contest???? :D

  1. Date: 3/5/2012 11:11:00 PM

    Chris-ass-an...lol did i get that japs name right... lets try Chinese... Chris-ling-dong...lol

    A  Avatar Poet Destroyer A Date: 3/7/2012 7:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    that is not even what i meant...lol... now...i see why nate.. did not like my comment... ha ha...
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/5/2012 11:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ha! Irma-san, now you are hitting below the Karate belt. Hai! Ping-pong my ding-dong.
  1. Date: 3/5/2012 11:08:00 PM

    and thank you.. for helping me correct my poem... now pinch your cheek for me...ta ta...

  1. Date: 3/4/2012 10:20:00 AM

    I think I've just had a great taste of Japan! Origami mind must be so amazing...Superb poetry, Chris.

  1. Date: 3/4/2012 8:56:00 AM

    I love the journey and especially how you ended this one Chris-san :) hope your weekend is a great one!!

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 10:29:00 PM

    wow, chris, it sounds like you are spending lots of time in Japan or something? VERY nice poetry here!! Y que me dijiste??

  1. Date: 3/3/2012 10:00:00 AM

    Moshi moshi Kurisutufa (haha I love to spell your name this way ^_^) It's so cool how you seem to bring out the Japanese in people over here, haha ;) ok sorry I got carried away commenting below :D

    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 12:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    and I'm headed to la-la land :D enjoy your non-Japanese food :D mmm some shrimp dumplings would be good :D oh yeah, sleep, that's what I should be doing!!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh well, I am going to eat some non-Japanese food too in a few minutes.
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 11:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Haha! I actually started listing down more japanese dishes here and felt mean so I deleted it? Not to mention that I think it backfires since my tummy is complaining! And all I have here that's Japanese would be nori and rice crackers? No!!!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    nikko-san, I don't mind the commenting and replies....it is my belly that gets a bit upset, when my eyes scan the names of delicious dishes hehe!
  1. Date: 3/3/2012 7:45:00 AM

    Arigatou gozaimasu!

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oooo, craig-san, you used the version of arigato(u) with a u in it. Nice to see the informal version of gozaimashita as well.
  1. Date: 3/3/2012 5:18:00 AM

    Captivating work that is creative and expressive..Enjoyed reading this morn..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Domo, Sara-san. Good to see you drop by as well.
  1. Date: 3/2/2012 9:10:00 PM

    Reading again and laughing again. A must for my faves.

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rhonda-san, arigato gozaimashita!
  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:54:00 PM

    ha ha Chris.... i like this alot... ha ha... your tooo funny... lol...love it long time... ha ha... you so funny... i have to show this poem to Nathan... he will get a kick out of it...or you... ta ta... your #1 fan...~have a nice one ;-)* PD

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Irma-san, I am glad that you like this poem. Have yourself a great weekend.
  1. Date: 3/2/2012 3:26:00 PM

    Enjoyed this Chris, a very interesting poem, can';t say i know too much about the Japanese, but reading this gives some insight, also i believe it's important to learn about other cultures. i do like the eating 20 times a day, i only have to look at a burger and i put 20 pounds on. harry

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 12:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    *advantageous
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Harry-san, nice to see you drop by. Yes, the eating 20 times a day without gaining a single pound is very advantage. Healthy food too.
  1. Date: 3/2/2012 9:17:00 AM

    and by golly, the food!!! i have to agree with you about it! Darn, you got me craving here, tummy grumbling now, what I would give for some futomaki right now, and salmon sashimi and takoyaki! And gyoza with that dipping sauce that I can never imitate? and shrimp tempura, dang that last line made me laugh about drowning in your saliva! ok I am stopping! Great read, this somehow made me think you're in Japan, are you in Japan?? What does the last line translate to??? I'm faving this ^_^!!

    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 11:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yupp. if you added anymore Japanese dishes there, it would be overkill and look like a menu! and then I'd have to order :D Haha!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oishii sushi!!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    nikko-san, you are absolutely correct about the foods ending in "yaki" - very tasty dishes for sure. Again, I only added a short list in the poem, so as not to kill the pace :D I have since stopped myself several times from adding more dishes into the list.
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 9:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ahhh-- thank you very much for the translation-- well lemme snatch it and say --totemo ureshii da-- just typing away here-- gosh, you have NO idea how I want to list off all the Japanese yummies that I am thinking of right now, that is just the wee bitty bit of the ice berg--- all the ones that end in "yaki" aren't yucky but oh so yummy, or should I say, "Oishi!" I was supposed to type that last night but carried away with all the food! Oishii!!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2012 11:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Boy oh boy, you added some great dishes there, nikko-san. Wondering if I should add some more, but then the poem might end up rambling even more than it already does. Futomaki, sashimi, takoyaki, shrimp tempura! My belly is rumbling now! The last line simply translates to: I am so happy! Domo arigato gozaimashita!
  1. Date: 3/2/2012 9:13:00 AM

    I think it was so cool how you wrote this in a seemingly fast-paced manner, and repeated the words, very effective, i can just imagine the busy city--a wee bit of trivia, the patent for the karaoke machine actually belongs to a Filipino inventor, Roberto del Rosario, so of course over here he's known as the karaoke inventor & there's dispute over that--going back to your poem, I like that after all the frantic pacing you put in the serenity of Japan...those monkeys smiling was so cute; sos cool how you inserted Transformers here, where's AstroBoy?? kidding --contd

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 12:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow! Magic Sing!!!!
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 11:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Haha, umm actually, it is "Wow! Magic Sing" Lol!! no need to reply here, I am just in a go crazy comment kinda mood-- haha as if going through an entire winners list is not enough?!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wow, Filipinos really are into karaoke! A closet karaoke queen, eh? "Magic Sing" is a hilarious brand! Yeah, we have those microphone thingies here too.
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 9:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    (rambling some more)--So sad but true, but it is not unheard of that some guy gets killed (shot) in a karaoke bar, because some other guy didn't like how he sang. Know what song is the "deadliest?? it's really Crazy! A lot of people get fights AND killed over --get this: "My Way" ---Drinking and karaoke, could be a fatal combination o_O.
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 9:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    haha wise guy for not disputing it ^_~-- and your comment made me laugh (not sarcastically)-- a lot of Filipinos are karaoke fanatics! Lol. For most of Filipinos, a gathering won't be complete with having some kind of karaoke (hmm I am not most? I am a closet karaoke queen wannabe, lol)-- Wow Magic Sing is a popular brand, it's a microphone which has these music chips -do you have those there?? cont'd
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2012 11:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am not going to dispute if Roberto del Rosario invented the karoake machine or not. He probably did. Do Filipinos revere karoake culture as much as Nipponese do? I wouldn't be surprised if they do. As soon as I used Transformers(the original Japanese idea, not the American, made in China, Hasbro take-over), I was tempted to go a bit further with Astroboy and the like, but I had to stop myself.
  1. Date: 3/2/2012 9:10:00 AM

    Kurisutufa ^_^--did I "sound" it right?! I must say that Japanese becomes you! Aside from that song ringing through my head right now, I completely enjoyed this Japanese-inspired write of yours! I loved that 2nd stanza! That was really cool! & that 3rd stanza, the word "Kawaii" popped to mind-- I find it so cute, ok kawaii that it's practically a culture over there, all those kawaii stuff! Gosh, I go crazy in Japanese stores here, lol...continued-- I am going to ramble here, you started this!

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :D
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 11:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ohhh. OOps!! I didn't get that~~Ok then I think I should say then-- the way my mind works is Mind Boggling. hahahaha :D
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/3/2012 11:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I meant the poem wasn't inspired by the Vapor's hit single, even though the title makes me think about the song.
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 9:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    and ok, you got me curious with how you gave your title-- what you mean you entitled it as such since your poem came from "Somewhere else" HUH?? You mean it didn't come from Japan?? The way your mind works. is Mind Boggling-- haha :D
    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk Date: 3/3/2012 9:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Haha! I'm back here for more Japanese chitty chat, just feel like it :D-& me kawaii obsessed?? haha! Far from it :D but I do have to say those Sanrio characters are so cute, do you know that they even had those Little Twin Stars--heck, even the way they draw those stars are cute and soft-edged and all!? Even the names are cute! Zashikibuta, My Melody, Kerokeropi, Ahiru no Pekkle, Hello Kitty, to name a few, gosh you're making me remember them :D!
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2012 11:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    nikko-san, you truly did ramble on, but it is nice to see you drop by. Yeah, you did fine with my name. I know about the song ringing through the mind....it is the title - but I left the title as it it regardless, because the poem came from somewhere else. Ah, you and your Kawaii obsession hehe!
  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:26:00 AM

    My mind is origami, folding thoughts into a singular meditation, only to unfold again, into a crisp sheet of bright city lights.....Brilliant Chris, thats the coolest stanza ive read in a long long time.. xx Hugs

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2012 11:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Tracie-san, it is a humbled honour that you enjoyed that particular stanza. It just sort of popped out of nowhere, and I immediately took a liking to it. Domo arigato gozaimashita!
  1. Date: 3/2/2012 12:28:00 AM

    Domo VEry much O, Mr. Roboto...DomO!:)

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2012 11:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Joey-san, I am happy that you enjoyed this poem. Great to see you drop by. Domo arigato gozaimashita!
  1. Date: 3/1/2012 11:33:00 PM

    LOL.Funny! I enjoyed reading this tonight... I have to laugh. My grandfather suffered from Alzheimer's. He was a marine and spent time in Japan. When he was in the final stages of the disease, we found out he spoke Japanese very well. One of his doctors told us he was fluent. It was a shock to say the least. Your poem reminded me.

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2012 11:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rhonda-san, I am happy that you enjoyed this poem. Without being rude or offensive towards towards the plight of Alzheimer's, your story is amazing! Whoa. Imagine that! Your grandfather suddenly starts speaking fluent Japanese after all those years. Simple amazing. Domo arigato gozaimashita!
  1. Date: 3/1/2012 11:04:00 PM

    Did the hit song "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors inspire you to write this work? This was very entertaining reading.

    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 3/2/2012 11:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Robert-san, only when I typed in the title did I immediately think of their hit single. The poem itself came from a different place. Thank you for reading.