Ebisu Bridge: A Tale of Modern Japan
by Alex Shishin
Homeless and disabled, Motoshima Saburo, 58, sells The Big Issue on Osaka’s Ebisu Bridge. He falls into a moral battle with Ken, aging toy boy and “dating club” tout, for the soul of “The Waif,” a pill-popping 17-year-old runaway, whom Ken has used for a haywire robbery. Saburo assumes the role of father and lover, though he cannot be either to the confused girl who tells no one her name.