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Tokyo. One day / 17 May 2012

I'm back. Tokyo called and here I am. Sumida, rocking and rolling, reflects my excitement. This time the cherry blossom is over and Tokyo is greening -  punctuated by bright splashes of pink azalea; while Sumida, the river, is followed by a ribbon garden borrowed from an English country cottage.

Sky Tree stretches high into warm city air, awaiting it's grand opening on the 22nd May; it is visible for miles and miles, looking down on the 53 floors of the Mori Building  and the red dinosaur that is Tokyo Tower.

The skinny-wheeled chair greets me at Narita airport, slower than I had remembered, but every bit as versatile and enduring.

My journey here was impressively smooth. Special Assistance at Heathrow has never worked so well for me and the people never seemed so 'human'.

The plane was only half-full and I had the seat next to me for bags normally on the floor out of my reach, making the flight very civilised.

 

Hovering over quiet endurance,

Utopia beckons me onwards.

The human subconscious

dances attendance on the

persistent lure of better.

The promise of perfection

in wheels, shapes my future.

Sparkles through my hopes

for journeys into the places

that haunt my dreams.

The promise of independence

close as a heartbeat,

is within reach, isn't it?

My dream, is reasonable, isn't it?

And this Eutopia is real, isn't it?

  

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