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My first contact with Finn was via an email exchange between Tokyo and Zurich. I sent him a text I had written about a walk through the Ryogoku neighbourhood, which is famous mainly for all the Sumo stables of Tokyo that are located there. I thought the text would fit very nicely into DAS MAGAZIN. Finn didn’t think the same. That’s how we became friends. I tell him stories about Japan and he challenges me what the journalistic point in it was. I usually have no idea. He once gave me a book (he gives books to everybody all the time) called ‘Moo Pak’ by Gabriel Josipovici. Jack Toledano, the main character, talks to his friend Damien Anderson on long walks through London (actually about a novel that never gets written, but that’s not the point). Finn is Jack. When you meet him you have to walk (or at least move), and discuss the world. And believe me, these are never easy walks. He goes fast. It’s always the slopes, the hills, the long streets. We have walked together fast through Tokyo (loving it), fast through Hong Kong (hating it), fast through New York, Berlin, Zurich (loving and sometimes hating it). It’s always very navy seals (team 6 to be clear). ‘The only easy day was yesterday’, they say. What do you do with the summers you have left? Never waste time with boring people. Never sit when you can walk. Never drink coffee for more than 10 minutes. Never kneel down. Never obey. Never eat shit. Never dress badly. Never waste time in offices, in stupid meetings, inside. Go outside. Just fucking do it. Hoaah. #60

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Finn Canonica
by David Iselin