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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!
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