Tokyo Tower at night as seen from within Zoko Temple Grounds
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Japan in Haiku 11: Tokyo Gold

Tokyo Gold

The brashest city
blushes with gold, till someone
turns on the neon.

Who is in charge of turning on the neon in Tokyo? Is there a code followed by all the bars and restaurants? Is there a guy in the sky in charge of the big switch on each night, waiting to press the button like the B listers at the Blackpool Christmas lights?

Having just witnessed my first Tokyo sunset, I am surprised that it doesn’t go directly from daylight to strip light like it does in films. Instead there is quite literally a golden hour; where the pastel heat drains from the sky and a golden blush flushes along the river, through the rainbow bridge and up through the skyscrapers and towers. Pure Tokyo gold.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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