These are strange times here in Japan, for all too obvious reasons – think that insanely big earthquake and tsunami on March 11 – and sometimes it feels like we’re collectively treading water awaiting the next Big Thing to transpire. Meanwhile the nuclear reactors in Fukushima (230km north-east of Tokyo) still belch scary looking clouds and we get shaken by dozens of aftershocks everyday.
It’s been mad timing for my new novel to come out; teaches me to write a yarn that’s been described in terms of “post-apocalyptic” and “dystopian”; I think I’ll veer towards the “noir” side of things here – since I’m having the Tokyo book launch of Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat on Friday 25th March at the Pink Cow in Shibuya.
I’m still praying to an empty mead hall of Norse gods that UPS will be able to get the books out of Japanese customs – where they’ve been since Monday – and here into my lap in time. Hell, if not for the party itself, I just want to hold and stroke the beastie that’s taken so much time of my life to complete!
Anyway, after much soul-searching, mood-swings, flip-flopping and so on, we’re doing the launch party, regardless of earthquakes and/or radiation levels. Go figure.
And we have some of Tokyo’s best DJs and live electronic acts lined up: DJ Wada from Co-Fusion, Shin Nishimura, Ko Kimura, Cut Bit Motorz, Toshiyuki Yasuda, Eri Makino, Devin Wine, and Paul McQuade.
WHERE: The Pink Cow
WHEN: Saturday March 25
FROM: 6:00pm till late.Andrez Bergen