Aaron "tokyoaaron" Paulson teaches, writes, and takes pictures from his home in Western Tokyo. His work has appeared in a variety of national and international venues including WorldHum, Salon, Getty Images, Transitions Abroad, Travelmag, Kyoto Journal, Tokyo Journal, and The Blue Moon Review. His most recent story, on extreme weather in Tokyo and Toronto, appeared in the May - July issue of The New Idealist.
This rain-fed river
drowns stones and fallen branches,
rushing out to sea.
On a silver bicycle
you turned and gave me a wave.
asleep in my lap
as I write this,
he stretches out a paw, dreaming
the ocean of fish between us.
On The Streets of Montreal...
Shoganai, shoganai, shoganai.
(translated from the original French and Japanese)
everyone is lost.
It can't be helped, it can't be helped, it can't be helped.