May 4, 2000

Tokyo March 5 7:20 A.M. Visited 3 temples yesterday and met dancer Shakti. http://home.att.ne.jp/gold/shakti/ Her current production Woman In The Dunes is the one Severin wrote the score for and for whom he asked me to sing ‘I Put A Spell On You’ We met at a popular hangout by a street bridge where there were hundreds of incredibly dressed young people. A number of them looked inspired by Trevor Brown’s images.Many were dressed as nurses with bandages and outrageous makeup. They apparently leave home looking quite conservative and then transform themselves in the train station restrooms into looks way more bizarre than, say, Marilyn Manson. But my favorite thing about Tokyo so far is the crows . One swooped down by me on temple grounds yesterday that was huge.Most of them are three to 10 times the size of the crows I love in Georgia. They wake me up here with their ‘caws’ in the morning. Wonderful.