Today I learned that there is a band called Asian Kung-Fu Generation. I have no idea whether they're any good. I've never heard of them before. I saw icons portraying the vocalist, Gotoh Masafumi, posted by lust_san in Icon's Journal. I don't think he would be a heartthrob here in the states. But that's the point!! Living in this country makes it difficult, sometimes, to be aware of what's going on in other cultures. America is so isolationist! And our media machine has such an influence on what's considered good and bad, ugly and beautiful, hip and square. It's a constant battle not to get sucked into the hype. Thank the sweet zombie jesus that LiveJournal has such an eclectic mix. I'm in love with the band name alone. I'm going to hunt down samples of their music. It's like when Quentin Tarantino introduced me to the 5,6,7,8's in Kill Bill. I <3 them now.

Other weekend discoveries included a visit to my very first corn maze. I followed someone out to a farm in what seemed, in the dark of night, the middle of nowhere. If I had tried to find the place with directions I would have ended up in Canada or summat. The maze was immense. A huge corn field with hundreds of winding, intricate passages. The goal was to find 11 markers which would allow one to put together the puzzle pieces of a complete map. I have to tell you, we found most of the pieces and that map was none too accurate. I wish it had been a little windier and a little cooler. At one point a breeze blew up and rustled the leaves of the brown and dying corn stalks eerily. It was a lovely and chilling effect. There were costumed characters wandering through the maze scaring participants. Many people had flashlights. Trees ringed the cornfield and there were a couple in the middle. All the leaves were off the trees and their branches looked like crooked grasping fingers in the flashlights. The wandering beams from neighboring rows and the faraway shrieks of wanderers startled by monsters in grease paint really sealed the deal. I had a blast. We were definitely lost a few times and after two and a half hours we gave up on discovering the last two pieces of the puzzle and found our way out. Four out of five dentists recommend corn mazes to people who chew corn mazes.

Update: I just downloaded the Asian Kung-Fu Generation video, Kimi no Machi made. Giant crayfish attacks synchronized swimmer in an indoor olympic size swimming pool. That's all I'm saying.
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