Living On Tokyo Time is a 1987 independent film directed by Steven Okazaki that tries to add flavorful humor to an often told but extremely sad tale. Foreign girl comes to America and marries a naïve American man for selfish motives and despite their best efforts, it almost always ends badly.

It’s about time that we got around to telling the submission wrestler Amrita’s tale.

She once held sessions out of London but as of this June 2015 writing, her profile at WB270 announces that she now resides in Lyon, France. Her origins are from Tokyo.

She confirms this by stating, “I am a Japanese wrestling mistress (professional cat fighter), formerly based in Tokyo, but now I live in Lyon France.” article, photo article, photo

Her fully competitive record is not extensive but widely respected. She has the skills and knows how to apply them.

Industry leader Femwin agrees, “Amrita currently lives in London but was previously a professional cat fighter in Tokyo, likely the reason she knows so many holds – we actually call her “The Lady of 1000’s Holds”. Amrita prefers to dominate and the more complacent her victims the less they get hurt, and she can seriously dish out the punishment! Her scissors are ridiculously painful and shockingly brutal!” article, photo article, photo

A very satisfied customer concurs.

“Amrita is amazing. Match was semi comp, and I agreed to not use full strength, but I still put up a fight using technique. I am a good wrestler so I thought I would be an equal… I wasn’t. Her knowledge of holds is unmatched, and she gets you in them before you even realize it. She’s deceptively strong & her stamina is incredible. Her most dangerous quality is her cunning. She purposely, methodically wore me out, and the weaker I got, the more humiliating the holds she would get me in. Amrita has to be wrestled to be believed.”

She’s wrestled some our industry greats including Robin out of Southern California. The Fem Competitors met in engagement in Tokyo.

Tokyo is one of the most magnificent cities in the world. I should know since I’ve been there twice.

I’d like to take you there as well. Let’s start with the Japanese staple of just the facts of rice.

Tokyo is the capital and largest city of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. article, wikimedia  photo article, wikimedia photo

Please digest that with some tasty hot mustard.

It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Tokyo is in the Kant? region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.

When I was there at 25 years old, three years out of college, working at a newspaper, money in the bank, no debt, and naïve and feeling incredibly omnipotent, the memories I accrued in that journey would qualify as the most significant trip of my life.

I could understand why Amrita would love Japan. I respect anyone’s sense of adventure but I’m not sure why anyone would want to permanently leave Tokyo. The sky at night was so dark and magical. It was the most spiritual city I have ever been in. Shinjuku is part of Tokyo.

If you go, I’m certain you will love Shinjuku. article, wikimedia  photo article, wikimedia photo

The area surrounding Shinjuku Station is a major economic hub of Tokyo. Many companies have their headquarters or Tokyo offices in this area, including regional telephone operator NTT East, global camera and medical device manufacturer Olympus Corporation, electronics giant Seiko Epson, fast food chains McDonald’s Japan and Yoshinoya, travel agency H.I.S., Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), railway operator Odakyu Electric Railway, construction giant Taisei Corporation, Enoki Films, navigation software company Jorudan, instant noodle giant Nissin Foods and regional airline Airtransse. The station area also hosts numerous major retailers such as Mitsukoshi, Isetan, Takashimaya, Marui, Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera and Yamada Denki.

I had the honor of staying in the home of a college professor who taught at Waseda University. I would meet with his classes, share my American culture and field their questions. He and I had a great Indian meal at their university restaurant. At 25, I was amazed at the various nations represented in that intellectual dining watering hole. It was right out of a life lesson oriented foreign film.

Let’s allow the Waseda leadership to speak for themselves.

“Waseda University aims to uphold the independence of learning, and to promote the practical utilization of knowledge and good citizenship.” article, wikimedia  photo article, wikimedia photo

I agree.

When I walked the streets at night with the professor, he loved Takadanobaba. So did I.

Originally, the area’s name was read Takatanobaba and many Tokyo residents in their 50s or older pronounce it as such. However, younger Tokyoites and residents who have come from outside Tokyo, use the pronunciation Takadanobaba. The area is also often referred to simply as “Baba”.

The neighborhood is a transport hub for commuters traveling in from the west of Tokyo as it is home to four popular train lines: the Shinjuku Line, the JR Yamanote Line, the Tozai Line. During the morning rush hour, Takadanobaba is one of the hot-points of the Tokyo transport network with all three stations bursting at the seams with local residents, students and commuters.

Like neighboring Waseda, the area is synonymous with students.

In addition to serving students commuting to Waseda University, the area is home to many educational institutions including vocational colleges and preparatory schools. Gakushuin University is nearby, one station stop away in Mejiro.

At night, once commuters have returned to suburbs and local residents are home, the area turns into a bit of a college town. The streets around the station become crowded with large groups of students staggering out of cheap bars and izakaya. article, wikimedia  photo article, wikimedia photo

I loved the mom and pop restaurants that lined the streets ready to provide cherished memories to supplement the college experience. I had some great meals there with a variety of ice cold Japanese beers. I’ll cherish those memories forever.

Amrita’s name is a Sanskrit word that literally means “immortality”, and is often referred to in texts as nectar. The word’s earliest occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is one of several synonyms of “soma“, the drink which confers immortality upon the gods.

Sanskrit is an ancient language of India, in which the Hindu scriptures and classical Indian epic poems are written and from which many northern Indian languages are derived.

Clearly there is much to Amrita. When researching her, she provides a variety of fantasy services but if you desire to wrestler her, her skills are sound.

In a way I’m still Living On Tokyo Time.

In most ways I wish I could go back in time. I think of that youthful intersection all the time. I was young, excited about life and all of its endless romantic possibilities. The trip energized me and I thought seriously about returning to teach English and live in Tokyo. The professor said he could get me in. article, wikimedia  photo article, wikimedia photo

It was a trip that would strongly change the course of my life. I remember standing in my young friend’s apartment who I was temporarily rooming with, in my light gray business suit that adorned my white shirt and tie. I asked him to call and cancel a dinner appointment with someone I had changed my mind about.

I quietly listened to, but did not understand the phone conversation.

Phone in hand, in his dark blue business suit he turned and looked at me and said, “It’s too late….they already invited her.”

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