Over the coming weeks I will be posting excerpts from the novel ‘The Pedestrian’, a semi-autobiographical & somewhat haunting journey with twists & turns that will make your head spin. Feedback always appreciated. Thank you
This book will, for many Japanese people, open your eyes to a number of stark realities about you and the culture to which you belong. Ultimately it will provide you with a life-philosophy that offers you courage, optimism and happiness, or a distinct lack of self-worth and inward loathing and free membership to the club for the disenchanted misanthropes, to which I am a founding member and ruddy proud of it. Either way, it will do something.
The ideas, methods and psychological techniques contained within these pages you so delightfully purchased will hopefully entertain, enlighten and empower you as an individual to quickly and with little effort become a much more balanced and confident person. At the very lest you will gain a much greater insight into the thoughts, observations and experiences of an ‘outsider’, me. The novel takes the form of a semi-autobiographical piece with a little, yet outrageous dip into the realms of fantasy. It’s wrapped neatly in the context of one mans journey through life.
Whilst penning this little jewel of a project for your eyes to feast over I found an irresistible urge to give you my thoughts in a general, multicultural sense in addition to giving you the specifics about each particular area covered. I do this for two reasons. First, as mentioned, It was my desire! Let’s face it, this is my book so I make no apologies for following my desires, something you would do well to introduce into your own daily thought process. Second, in doing so you are given a much greater insight into the ‘why’ of any given problem which, in turn, affords you a much greater opportunity to fully embrace a life-philosophy that will warmly steer you along the journey to personal success.
In life, it’s important to remember that the journey is, without question, infinitely more valuable than the final destination. It was Mahatma Gandhi who said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever” while the actor James Dean would have you “Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die tomorrow.” Either way, I’m sure you understand the philosophy behind the quotes and the importance placed on being able to live your life for today.
Before showing you how to enrich your life with modern day methods I will, in very basic terms, show you why this book is important to you as a Japanese person, or indeed a non-native resident of Japan. I will explain some of the science behind the methods and at the same time stimulate your reading pleasure with facts and ideas that may just allow you to expand your thinking a little in order that you can take full advantage of the exciting journey to follow.
It’s an extraordinary country, full of contradiction, confusion and a distinct lack of direction which I find delightfully fascinating. I love the Japanese people, however, thanks in part to their tireless efforts to acquire English as a second language and their endeavor to become something they are not, nor should they ever be, they are a nation in chaos. You’re more than welcome to peruse the rantings contained herein and perhaps move closer to understand why this is so, to fully appreciate the impact it has on an individuals wellbeing and hopefully enrich your life experience along the way. If nothing else, I hope to entertain and perhaps begin to stir your emotions, to draw you into thinking about that which is important in life. Too many people spend their entire existence thinking and worrying about a range of mundane, pointless and insignificant matters. For the love of god, or indeed anything that lights your candle on an existential level, stop wasting your time, start living!
This book is written, in part, as a self-help guide to better mental health, personal success through awareness and understanding, and finally to happiness. Using my own experiences and observations to date to articulate the process in a less clinical fashion. Hopefully, it will be a journey that will gently guide you through life’s problems and make you more aware of not only what Japan expects of you, but also of what you should expect of Japan. Naturally, all the methods contained herein are based on scientifically proven psychological techniques, but they have been adapted somewhat to better facilitate the needs of Japanese people.
It has been written in a way that also tells of my own experiences, how I perceive them and the attitudes I adopt to overcome anything that I may otherwise find too arduous or just plain old bottom- clenchingly boring. Without doubt you will form your own judgements about my journey and insights, sometimes you will be in agreement, other times you may not. Frankly, that’s not really of any real concern to me.
Of writing this story come guide, I will simply reiterate those words, ‘I have suffered for my art, now its your turn’.
This book is dedicated to the wonderful people of Japan who continue to inspire me both professionally and personally. Thank you my friends.
Chapter 1; Inception
How in God’s name could such an extraordinary sequence of events begin in such an ordinary way? Looking back it’s almost surreal. I needed, as I always have, at least a modest glimpse of things to come, a subtle hint that my life was about to be entwined in matters that were surely deserving of a preview, a modest warning? But no, a day like any other, the morning sun attempting to gently creep its way into my 4th floor apartment via the now disheveled blinds at my window, like a serial killer stalking his prey, silently waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. The traffic below eagerly snaking its way along the main street, a soothing “hum come rumble” derailed only by the occasional wanker hitting his horn in the misguided belief that the sound will somehow part the traffic in biblical fashion allowing him to arrive at his destination 30 seconds earlier than would otherwise be the case.
At 35 years old, I have acquired a reasonable degree of patience, most men my age do. Having fought off the whimsical, impetuous urges to slap every fucker who gets in my way, traits normally associated with a younger guy, I do feel my sense of control has grown. So, wankers honking horns, broken blinds, West London’s morning traffic, no problem. But, Sweet Jesus! Who the fuck invented the alarm clock? As mine began to go off, the by now daily thoughts about my alarm clock began running through my mind.
The vicious “beep, beep, beep” sound, universally common to all alarm clocks, is the devils own work. I can’t help thinking that originally it was some kind of Chinese instrument of torture, a leftover from those heady days prior to taking over the world in a more subtle fashion. Guantanamo Bay should seriously consider stopping all conventional forms of torture and just give everyone an alarm clock with that sodding “beep, beep, beep” & the “snooze” option. Nonetheless, I hit the snooze button and lay there for 10 minutes quietly working myself into an anxious frenzy waiting for round 2 of the inanimate objects scathing sound. Of course, I could change the wake-up option to “radio”. give the radio its final daily slap, open my eyes and make a half-assed attempt to drag myself into an upright position. Better still, I could ask my wife, laying next to me, to try waking up before I do, take care of the alarm clock and perhaps gently ease me into the fully awakened state via a blow job and breakfast, in that order. Hey ho, such is life!
My wife is Japanese and although we have lived in London for the past 5 years, she still carries with her a great many of the more submissive traits found in most Japanese women. She has adapted well to life outside Japan, which can’t be easy for her so I shouldn’t complain really. Oops, too late!
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