So many comings and goings on Terrace House lately. (Why is it called that, by the way, when it's not set in a terraced house? As a genuine terrace-house dweller I deserve to know.) Barely had Shunsuke arrived to settle in his own mind the matter of his sexuality than he discovered he was bi, and moved out again, correctly divining the irremediably heterosexual structure of the show. Nor was he alone: of the six people who were there at the start of the latest batch of 8 episodes, only Yui remains. It's hard to get used to her as the senior member of the house when she only arrived a minute ago, or so it seems. With the departure of Taka, our last link to the early days of the season is lost. Who now will sing of Tsubasa and Shion, their shining romance?
I suppose this is how God feels, looking at our brief human spans. So many tearful goodbyes! Oblivion a seeping tide at our heels! Even for God, everyone must merge together after a while. Not that God has a memory to befuddle. Being present at every moment, it's a faculty he never developed.
I was surprised to see two of the housemates at one point visiting a local Karuizawa theme park called "Taliesin". How did a Welsh bard end up in the middle of Japan, I wondered? It turns out that the theme park was built by a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, who in turn named his Wisconin estate after the Welsh Taliesin. So, it was a two-step process, a bit like the one that wound up with Bob Zimmerman naming himself after the twin of Lleu Llaw Gyffes.