No I`m still here, not given up yet, though I am very busy and it is hard to post as often as I used to, not least because I haven`t had so many thoughts recently due to tiredness plus I haven`t done so many things to write about (least ways not that I can tell you about yet anyway).
But as I rattle around Tokyo, here and there, working, planning, meeting and shooting I notice the air has become fresher, cleaner; better.
Spring is in the air but that is not all, smoking, a habit I hate, is becoming harder in public, smokers now are confined to smaller, often enclosed spaces where their noxiousness cannot affect other people. Interestingly these are often called “Smokers` style” boxes though I think you shouldn`t give them such a cool and attractive name. Indeed I`d suggest naming them “cancer boxes” instead just to see if Japan can lower the number of people taking up tobacco. Unlike England you don`t have to go outside a bar or pub to smoke yet but many restaurants have banned smoking on the premises.
I wish people didn`t smoke, especially those I like and care about as it is not good for them but each to there own and all that: I believe in freedoms, even the freedom to do even bad things to yourself. Remember I climb mountains and that is pretty dangerous on occasion. But smoking also affects me and nothing is worse than breathing in others` smoke. Thankfully most JR (Japan Railways) stations in Tokyo and Yokohama are now smoke free zones and I can breath a little easier.
Anyway got to run.