Asakusa Ghosts

Meet us in Asakusa. Before the Earthquake comes and the temple bell splits like a heart. Its lantern red and looming in the dark chest of the city…

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Meet us in Asakusa. We’ll be your friends, tonight. A mama-san with too-rouge lips and smiling, slit-light eyes. A papa, dad, with devil face, and hungry nose to sniff you…

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Meet us in Asakusa. Beneath the sky as black as throats, the inside where no sun slips in. Open your mouth to swallow the kanji which float down like invaders…

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Meet us in Asakusa. We’ll throw your bones to the poor when done, the ravenous dead in the shrine-soaked park. Come meet us in the neon dark – we’ll leave a small door open, see…

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Meet us in Asakusa.

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