December 30--Kyuichi Uchida, Kynichi Mutsuhito, The Emperor Meiji. He is a sad cross between worlds. Not of the new one, fleeing the old. Modernity sits awkwardly on the shoulders built broad by epaulets hung with gold. The table beside him draped with an embroidered silk cloth meant to be a kimono holds a most ridiculous admiral's hat foaming with ostrich feathers. What an awkward straddle he faced, balancing progress with tradition.
Time to go eat breakfast (Fage yogurt & granola) to sop up the caffeine I feel coursing through my veins. Onward!