The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Aftermath: Japan #11


Original Caption:

Tokyo -- Camouflaged beyond recognition by Jap billboards and Off-Limit signs, a Musical extravaganza was discovered in Tokyo by Tom Shafer, Acme correspondent, in the theater where Japs once manufactured huge balloons which were to carry bombs to the U.S. Reminiscent of Broadway in its weaker moments, and lightly colored with the Ziegfeld touch, the revue had many elements of American showmanship. Staging and production followed the American pattern, featuring a vocalist backed up by a snappy chorus. Kimonos gave place to tights, blouses and evening gowns in the American song and dance musical, one of the first in Japan in four years. This photo shows the Butterfly Dance number of the production. (1946)

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