“I’ve had run-ins with the law and even the yakuza (Japanese mafia). But my renegade days are behind me now. And when I do fight, I don’t use my fists. I use only words. It’s more effective. These days I’m a school counselor. But today I’m a dancer. I dance every weekend. Right now I’m just taking a break. But I’ll be dancing again in a bit if you wanna stick around and watch. I do break dance, flamenco, name it. This is how I stay young. Did I tell you I’m in my 60s?”

「私は警察と何度も喧嘩した事ある。ヤクザも。でももう喧嘩はしない。もし喧嘩する場合、殴るんじゃなくて言葉で勝負する。その方が効果的。今は学校のカウンセラーです。でも今日はダンサーです。毎週踊っています。ただ今は休憩中で、後もう少ししたらまた踊りますよ。見たいならならどこへも行かないで、後で見せてあげる。どんな踊りでもできる。ブレイクダンス、フラメンコとか。こうして私が若く滞在する方法です。私はもう60歳越えてると言ったっけ?」

somewhere in Harajuku

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