In the story, an industrialist learns of a medical condition which will greatly shorten his life. He is on a trip to Europe at the time, and a glimpse of a Japanese woman in that setting causes him to fantasize about her as the personification of his impending death. As his dialogue with his imagined mortality continues, he actually meets the living woman who is the template for his fantasy, and together they tour rural churches. Gradually he comes to some kind of peace about the diagnosis. When he returns to Japan, he is met with a series of challenges which profoundly test the lessons he has learned.
Parasites have been a pop-punk staple for over a two decades, and are one of the few bands that wasn't driven to mediocrity in the wake of the pop-punk explosion of the mid nineties. While every other pop-punk band was scurrying around trying to get a spot on the latest punk tour, Parasites were cranking out an insanely hooky soundtrack to your heartbreak. Here is some kind of the band's best-of compilation, remastered by Mass Giorgini. If you've ever been dumped, you know the therapeutic importance of the Parasites.
Dr Michael Mosley explores the bizarre and fascinating world of parasites by turning his body into a living laboratory and deliberately infesting himself with them. He travels to Kenya to give himself tapeworm - a parasite that can grow to many metres inside the human gut. He also encounters lice, leeches and the deadly malaria parasite, before swallowing a pill-camera to reveal what's growing within him. By the end of his infestation Michael learns a new-found respect for these extraordinary creatures, which can live off and even take control of their hosts for their own survival.