Friday, January 1, 2016
eight months have passed since my banishment from the capital； though my rank is much better/more secure now and I have no complaints, I still miss the capital tremendously；last night, as I celebrated New Year's Eve alone in a dilapidated McDonald's among ill-mannered locals, I noticed a capital bird (miyakodori) had come into the building..... So I said to the bird： "How rare a visit! Here you are, calling again, capital bird ：under what sky, I wonder, have you passed these absent years?" The bird did not respond, so I put to him another question: "Since you bear that name -- capital bird -- well then, I shall ask you this: O capital bird, are the women I once loved -- are they still alive or are they no more in the world?"