December 23: “I’m a Cuckoo”, Belle and Sebastian

A song with a chorus that references Tokyo and a video full of running. If it were a Venn diagram the overlapping part would be miniscule (and the rest of it would be filled with Haruki Murakami’s wonderful book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running).

Great things about this song:

  • the horns
  • the regret: it’s about a romance gone bad, but there’s no suggestion that anyone should come back to anyone, it’s just over.
  • the sentiment of the chorus:

I’d rather be in Tokyo

I’d rather listen to Thin Lizzy-oh

And watch the Sunday gang in Harajuku

There’s something wrong with me, I’m a cuckoo

Although, I share the sentiment only until that last line. Really, there are many, many times when I would rather be in Tokyo, walking from the Harajuku JR station along Takeshita Alley with 8 million teenagers. Nothing cuckoo about it.


At the end, to the left on Meiji-dori, there used to be a really good cafe with delicious French pastries.


Halfway down the alley, to the left is a road into a park surrounding a beautiful shrine.


Three reasons to want to be in Harajuku.