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Philosopher X Tagger

This is one of the most beautiful stylings of kanji I’ve ever seen. I discovered this little plastic-bagged note taped to a girder in a back alley in Shibuya, amid scores of more mundane spraypaint romaji tags.

Apparently, “Secoraba” is the author of a series of such postings. I found a translation of another such note on the blog, inside the contraption. The one on that site was translated by the blogger to read:

Things that will greatly change your life
lie all over the city
You must be vigilant
Or you will never
find them
                                          – Secoraba
This one says (please correct me if I’m wrong!):
My true self
I can see clearly,
As nobody else can
But if I knew everything in the world
(the good and the bad)
I could not live
                                          – Secoraba

Jonelle Patrick is the author of  four novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with two strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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