Tokyo Takes a Trip

Iroaki Doi and Mayumi Kumagai have come a long way to get lost. After a four-hour bullet-train ride from Hiroshima, the teenagers are lurking amid the neon signs of a seedy Tokyo alley, seeking a transgressive experience that will rip open the blandness of their days and allow them to escape, at least for a few hours, their part-time jobs, trade-school classes and cramped apartments. The vehicle they believe will help them achieve this temporary expansion of their consciousness: majikku masshurumu—magic mushrooms—shriveled bits of psilocybin-filled fungi that will first make them a little nauseous and then incredibly stoned, their world melting...

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