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Roaming / 20 May 2012

Today I spent roaming in the sunshine, getting my bearings. I rolled alongside Sumida and headed for Ginza. There are more cyclists weaving along the pavements, more mobil-phonists standing in awkward places and I do believe more wheelchairs in evidence.

I have discovered that Japanese department stores regularly host art exhibitions, and just past Ginza I did indeed see evidence of a Japanese artist, possibly inflenced by Klimt and Picasso, exhibiting on the sixth floor; what a great idea.

The artist didn't grab my attention, but a sparkling, jewelled manual wheelchair did.

Positively bling - I loved it!

On one of the designer-wear  floors, tucked between international Names, sat this transformed duckling just waiting to party. Covered in crystals, it was the focal point of a section devoted to 'sit-friendly' clothes for chairborne people. And knee bags - I think I might want one!

2016 already calls.
The Paralympics will happen
here, the hype has begun.
Access comes into focus;
the future promises better
and yes I believe. Here where life
already feels good on the outside,
here really could be gearing up
to make groundbreaking breathtaking.

Coming here opened my mind,
re-connected me to
Utopian dreams.
Please, tell me I'm not just being
greedy. 

  

Keywords: equality,other cultures,poetry,relating to wheelchairs,the ugly duckling,tokyo,utopia