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Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a tremendous bird
Further and further away
Into a moonless black
Theodore Roethke, Night Crow
Crow saw the herded mountains, steaming in the morning,
And he saw the sea
Dark-spined, with the whole earth in its coils.
Ted Hughes, Crow Alights
But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing farther then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered "Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said "Nevermore."
Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
Edogawa Ranpo was an influential Japanese mystery writer. His name was an hommage to Edgar Allan Poe. The names sound roughly the same. Detective Conan is a very popular manga and animé about a boy detective. The main character is called Conan Edogawa after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Ranpo.
I mentioned crows in the blog post about the sounds of summer. I have heard them pause their cawing for a beat when children mimicked them. The crows in Japan are big and menacing. Perhaps they are ravens. They seem to know when to expect the burnable garbage so it has to be covered with nets. Crow in Japanese is karasu.
Some restaurants in Tokyo display their meals outside the entrance. These are usually wax models from Kappabashi, the catering supplies centre in Tokyo. A famous one is a plate of pasta with a fork suspended in the air held up by strands of spaghetti. But for daily specials sometimes the restaurants put the real meal outside on a small table by the door. I was walking past one of those restaurants when a huge crow swooped in front of me, seized something off the plate and swiftly flew off, all in one motion.
I don't know if any martial arts styles or techniques are named after the crow. There are many crane styles. One judo technique is called a swallow counter tsubame gaeshi. The attacker does a fast foot sweep and the defender instantly moves his leg and does a counter sweep. It's a cool name. It's just like a swallow diving at the ground and flying up again.
In a blog post about Zatoichi I mentioned Brandon Lee's mysterious death on the set of The Crow. The crow is a mysterious and slightly sinister bird. The name for a group of crows is a murder.