I think that this can also help explain why a slightly longer commute can sometimes be more tolerable than a shorter one. The close you get on the train from the starting station, the higher chances for landing a seat in a green or blue area where the situation is tolerable. However, getting on a station in central Tokyo for a 5-6 station commute can make it impossible to escape the red danger area (which I can guarantee you is quite uncomfortable even for 10-15min!).
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Now in 2010, a Mr. Salaryman Films production will once and for all expose the true devious nature of the total population of the Japanese... Mr. Salaryman Films proudly announce the imminent release of the shocking and moving documentary...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Since I now am the father of a little future Office Lady, considering that little baby Sunshine is genetically 75% Japanese and we have close access and a good relation with the in-laws, I have accepted a lot of Japanese traditions without any complaints. Stuff like visiting the temple and things like that are a pretty nice tradition although we don't really see it from a religious perspective.
I've been told that it's not unusual to present it to the child as a gift when they get married or become adults (age 20) as some form of symbolic gesture. The only redeeming thing I can see in this is that it could potentially save me a lot of money since I can just give that and not have to buy expensive shit (like a normal 20-something would demand...). When baby Sunshine was born and her stump dropped off, the in-laws brought out Ms. Sunshine's old waste product to gaze upon its glory (thankfully they had sense enough to indulge in this when I wasn't around, since I would assume it would be something like when they open the chest in the first Indiana Jones movie), but realizing that it had completely disintegrated into nothingness... Too bad.
In the end, I'm ok with keeping it in a box, as long as it's kept away from me and locked so it doesn't crawl up on me during the night...
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
But these shoes I can at least be somewhat forgiving about, but the latest trend that I've seen in the last year and increasing more and more are these shoes with built in wheels at the heel. Basically you can walk with them like any regular shoe, but then lean of the heel and roll forward on them; here take a look
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
But the other night, I went out for drinks and dinner with a couple of my colleagues; I'm-not-gay-guy and Huge-Mobile-Strap-Collection-Girl, who are working deep within the sales department and who shed some light on the latest politics and gossip in the company.
It's always interesting and I am seriously considering to chart up conflicts and long time grudges that is moving inside the company to kinda map them out more clearly. Considering that the company is comparatively small (less than 200 people in Japan excluding manufacturing) it's quite an impressive amount of network of alliances, animosity and open hostility that is at work in the company under the surface and which most of the time is hidden from my view due to my general status as neutral non-combatant.
First we have to local area conflicts; Osaka doesn’t like Sapporo, Sapporo likes Kyuushuu but Nagoya and Sendai hate each other but everyone wants to take Tokyo down. Then there are the inter-department conflicts; Dep. A doesn't like Dep. B, B and C dislike each other but work together due to their even larger hatred of A etc. etc. Then there are the intra-department conflicts; with peons inside the department hating each other, their department heads and so on.Then of course it’s the purely personal conflicts with people hating each other for some vague reason going way back to ancient history (finance lady X once got snotty with Sales Rep Y due to some long forgotten reason and is forever branded as a bitch by him etc.).
It is amazing that work occasionally gets done at all in the company... Part of me kinda feel like I want to see more of these conflicts, but I think I'm better off keeping my head above the water instead.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
However, having an errand to my old haunt in Ikebukuro I decided to check in on one of the local Chinese food stuff shops (there are plenty of Chinese people in Ikebukuro if you didn't know) and found the stuff! Not only did they have the stuff, but the bottles they sold it in were at least 5 times the size and half the price, so now I'm all stocked up for quite some time!
I did try it out with my buddy God-Jesus and it's definitely the good stuff! Now things are back in order again!