Day 22 – Fumiko is furious. (v.1)

Wednesday, September 22, 2009
Day 22
4:18 pm – 4:48 pm

Fumiko is furious.

Black bob.
Black suit.
Black pumps. Very high heels.
Black stockings. Even midday in September.

Tour leader down Second Street.
Little Tokyo officially.
J-Town to family.
Anime Fantasyland for some, new to town.

Observe. Johnny Rocket manager claiming corporate policy
to explain a NO-answer to community advertisement support.
White dude playing shakuhachi and selling CDs. Of his music.
And we’re walking. And we’re walking.

Hipster selling happi and kimono.
Tweenage girl dressed in Anime costume.
There is no convention, people.
And we’re walking. And we’re walking.

Fumiko is not open-minded.
She is quite aware of the many good people who are.
So she does not feel the need to be.
She knows this. She is fine with this.

Observe. The naked eye can see the change. From 20 years ago.
From 10 years ago. From 2 years ago. From yesterday.
A woolen blanket of corporation and high end strewn in to
a market-rate knot through the middle of Downtown.

Fumiko is furious for more than what the naked eyes sees.
Fumiko is fueled by what is going on behind the scenes.
Or by what is not going on.

Fumiko sees the People scratching their heads. All ready.
Some waiting. Some demanding. A Table.
Fumiko is aware there is NO
conversation in the convention of community development.

As of today.
It seems that way.
This is no convention, people.

And we’re walking.

traci kato-kiriyama



About traciakemi

traci akemi kato-kiriyama - inter/multi-disciplinary theatre/performance artist, arts educator, cultural worker, community organizer. Tuesday Night Project; theatre, performance, writing, and teaching projects with many organizations and artists including: zero 3; Edge of The World for Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and the National Asian American Theatre Festival in New York; "PULL" with Kennedy Kabasares in San Francisco; Nobuko Miyamoto and Great Leap Collaboratory I; TeAda; NCRR; Oymun's 11. Playwright for "Chasing Dad - a performance of a reading about a play i'm writing" presented by Inside the Ford for the Ford's Summer Playwright series. View all posts by traciakemi

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