The blinking dot on my phone hovered over an empty building in downtown Tokyo, where this year’s annual Five Ten Cup was supposed to be held. Typical, I thought. The building’s signs were written in katana, hiragana, and kanji, a collection of symbols I wasn’t any closer to deciphering since I had arrived in the world’s biggest metropolis a year ago. Translations written in Roman characters could only get you so far, though, because everything here seemed to be built, moved, and changed faster than I could keep track. It took only a month for construction crews to put up a half-dozen houses outside my apartment in the city, then my favorite sushi place disappeared a mere three months after I discovered it.
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