Since I’ve came to Japan, I’ve had to get used to buying things in yen instead of dollars. Unfortunately, it’s been a little hard for me adjust. Mostly because I’ll look at a pair of sandals that are 3000¥ and think ‘Ahh, that’s so expensive!’ when they’re really only about $40. Haha
When I first came to Japan, I definitely had a shroud over my head thinking that society here was overall better. More understanding, more civil and more polite. Well, after some tough experiences, that shroud’s been ripped away. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Japan and I enjoy my job, but it just wasn’t the mecca I was imagining.
Below is one example of things (this no-dancing law) that just down-right doesn’t make sense and I think is being abused because of Japan’s extremely conservative views. My friends, unfortunately, had to experience this last week when they went out to a dance club in Roppongi and had to stand perfectly still while in a dance club. Really? That’s just silly.
Part of me wonders how Japan is going to change in the next 20 years or so when the people that are my age become the new people guiding the economy and government. Will we meld-minds with the current politicians or will the youth of Japan open up their viewpoints a little more and get rid of abusive laws like this? Interesting to think about, I say…
So I got a small ocarina at the recycle shop today for a few bucks. Decided to lay down some jams to influence your ear-holes. Have fun!
(Seriously, I know the sound of this ocarina is terrible, but it’s still fun to play)
Note l that the Japanese word for electric fan is せぷうき (senpuuki) and the Japanese word for ritual suicide is せぷっく (seppuku). Try not to mix the two up when in a department trying to ask where the electric fans are. (｡-_-｡)
I went on a random date with a Japanese girl today. I kinda thought this was weird and deserved documentation because of the chain of events that lead up to this.
So let’s start at the beginning of the chain of events…
Alright, so if you didn’t know already… Japan still gets a lot of earthquakes. Being in a mountain basin somewhat cushions you from the effects, but that doesn’t protect us from all of them. This is a pretty awesome YouTube video visualizing the earthquakes in Japan over the past year. If you’re one for stats, this is *your* video.