Make Busy Work

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You know people die from overwork in Japan? Well, I found the reason for that. In order to keep unemployment down, they will hire a dude to do one thing and one thing only. When there is construction work of any kind, there’s always one dude whose job is to bow to every single person who comes by and apologize for the inconvenience. Then there’s the dude with the lightsaber to guide people across the road DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE SIGNAL IS WORKING. Then you finally have the guy who is actually doing the damn job. This picture all of them on the same picture.

What a country!!

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Please Don’t Do The Groping in Japan #4

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So JR East has come out with the new poster for the anti-groping campaign complete with a video that runs in the stations (at least in Shinjuku station) and in trains.

I really like the composition of this one, as the girl miffedly says that there’s a groper bothering her and she takes like half the poster space. Powerful pose. The woman cop is ready to kick some ass and the passengers say the same stuff like the rest of the posters. Afro guy says “What, a groper?!” and the girl says “I won’t forgive!”
I like the man’s hysterical reaction though – “IT’S A CRIMINAL!!!”

Now the perspective itself leaves a question – the guy asks the girl what’s wrong and she looks over her shoulder and exclaims that there’s a pervert groping her. Now how could the guy see the girl’s pained expression and completely not notice the sleazebag grabbing her ass?

Please don’t grope in Japan! Allegedly people can’t even park their bikes sometimes without somebody grabbing their asses or take a walk in the park in residential areas. IDK I’d blame lack of sex ed, lack of social skill teaching and ridiculous Japanese porn/anime-starring-middle-schoolers for this problem.

Jindai Botanical Garden in Mitaka, it’s HUGE!! Also there’s a samurai village downhill.

Before we begin our lighthearted entertainment content, we have to talk about abusing science for profit. These people, all these “mystics” and salt-blowers and anti-vaxxers, they aren’t trying to align your chakras or save your precious little soul from damnation. No, dear reader, the only thing they are saving you is from the burden of your hard-earned money!

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That’s right. You are reading it right – the molecules of this rose water (that I bought in the Jindai botanical gardens) have been sized down. Let me repeat once again: the H2O molecules have been sized down by the power of science. What a feat! Surely these people have mastered quantum physics so we could enjoy sized down water for reasons!

Or they just wrote whatever the fuck they wanted so people would lap it all up. This anti-intellectual trend combined with realpolitik is really driving us downhill and will spell the doom to us all. Look at Trump, the world’s lowest hanging fruit and butt of all jokes these days, this is the guy who has mastered the art of the deal, and while this might work for real estate and whatever, this sure as hell won’t work for actual countries. This is the sort of guy who would take money now even if it would kill him. Pull out of the climate agreement, no problem at all! Estonian politicians as well – fucking cut down ALL the trees will ya and blow dirt into our eyes that we’re actually being green by having 25% of the trees under protection. What about wild-life, huh?? You think all these moose and bears will go silently from the old forest into insuitable young sapling forest? Grr, makes me so mad!! Anyway, the botanical gardens are huge, many beautiful things and next to it is the Jindai-ji temple with the surrounding samurai village. It’s just freaking awesome.

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These nasty little buggers are quite gross ´yet alluring as well.IMG_20170528_140559

The samurai village had GeGeGe Kitaro official fan shop!! Real cool stuff.

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This guy shared ariheito, which he repeated that this candy was first tasted by Oda Nobunaga, the famous warlord and first shogun of Japan. He also said don’t mess with ariheito (舐めんないで!) all the time, so don’t fuck with this candy all right. P1200198.JPG

And this is the village itself. It spas about 300 meters in all directions, so it’s a bit small, but a great extra for your botanical garden trip.

Takao-zan

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I had some friends over from Estonia and since they are active people, they suggested to go and climb Takao-zan at the end of Chuo line. Of course I agreed. I love mountains. My wife on the other hand has never done sports or anything and she gets tired quickly, so she had some reservations. We agreed to walk slowly and take as many conveniences as we can. Like this ropeway.

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It was nervewrecking experience, as you just sit there and hope the wind won’t rock you too hard, but once you get past the idea of falling then you can enjoy the ride. At some points the floor came too close to my feet, so I had to do some crunches.P1190707

The way to the top was beautiful and since we took the route with the ropeway, then the shortest route took us past the monkey garden and temples. The monkey garden gave me some serious Planet of the Apes vibes as you see these apes and you know that nothing has really changed. P1190729

Like look at this Diogenes. Is this what we could’ve been a millennia ago? P1190789

The route we took was peppered with all sorts of holy and sacred things. Like this tree that looks like an octopus. P1190849

Temples! So many temples all the way to the top! P1190846.JPG

Shrines! With foxes! P1190863

And finally the top itself. Man, think, so many mountains and what secrets these rolling hills hide. If you happen to be in a mood for a walk, then Takao-zan is the place to go.

Surf City, here we come……

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6 AM on a Monday in Shinjuku Station
May 2017

Monday mornings are brutal. Some people haven’t even sobered up yet by the time they get to the station. It’s just minutes before 6 and you can find these peeps just having the best time of their lives.  But you know I can’t stay around for much longer, because I have a work to go to.

My work is actually pretty good. My colleagues help me out and my Japanese is getting better every day.  My bosses are hard on me, but you know, at this line of work, perfection is what we have to strive for. I’m finally getting on with the pace, but if things get fast around here (and they will, as it seems the economy is going up), man, I’m gonna be running from one place to another.

Would I rather be making hit songs for the radio instead? Hell yeah, but all in due time, my man. First we get good at work, get our Japanese levels up to JLPT N2 so we can function like a normal person. Finally we gotta actually learn how to produce hit songs.

But this new toy I got, the Roland JD-XI, man. Some people say abloo-bloo, this machine sucks, but man once you put it into analog synth mode and press some buttons. It sure as hell rattles some bones, lemme tell ya what.

When you gotta finish the parking spot but you forgot to bring the last pole

“Takeshi, what happened to the pole?”
“Boss, it’s gonna be great! You can ride your bike home, park it here and crack open a cold one as soon as you get off the bike!”
“Like a vending machine?”
“Yeah, but it’s gonna be better. It’s gonna be free!”

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Free as in Beer.
Beer Fridge
Musashino, Mid-May 2017