洗濯ひも

The laundry line is a familiar part of Tokyo apartment living

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東京の小さなマンションに、洗濯ひもは必須です。

With a southern exposure, it’s great to be able to line dry our clothes. The laundry becomes integral to the balcony garden view.

Who’s in your back pocket? Mine is Kotooshu.

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後ポケットに、いつもだれがいますか。私のポケットには、琴欧洲がいます。洗濯ひもは家と外の間にあって、庭のまんなかにあって、台所の机からいつも見えます。

The laundry line in our Tokyo flat is ever present, in the middle of the garden and directly in view from the kitchen table desk. Whether decorative or not, the laundry line is a porous border between inside and out, home and neighbors.

My handkerchief collection now includes the Bulgarian Kotooshu, one of the longest serving ozeki sumo wrestlers, as well as Asashoryu, the Mongolian yokozuna forced out of the profession a few years ago for bad behavior. Given the function of handkerchiefs, perhaps it’s not the most appropriate form of hero worship.