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...about "unacceptable" and "racist" comments made to "university students" by a the Japan Bureau Chief that Okinawans were "masters of extortion (ゆすりの名人)," I said, "I bet that happened at the good ol' alma mater." Nailed it. )

That will be all.
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...about how Village Vanguard will no longer stock "books, manga, or goods with strong antisocial elements such as excessive depictions of sexuality, or murder or suicide."

Which I guess is good, but honestly I've encountered far more excessive depictions of the above in bona fide bookstores, and in much greater quantity. My main impression of Village Vanguard (where I shopped frequently over the course of five years/two prefectures) was that they were like Spencer Gifts without the slime of Spencer Gifts. Did I stumble upon the only two G-rated VV's in Japan?

That will be all.
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...or, Homeland Security sure is a piece of work. )

And in gratitude for the above, I decided to do for my country. )

That will be all.
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Twenty-four post-thesis hours later found me as drained and blah as when I'd just turned the thing in, so for a bit of a pick-me-up I headed out to Kodai-ji, which is a Rinzai Sect zen temple in the Higashiyama District. It's a sub-temple of Kennin-ji, which I have always thought does one of the best jobs of both a) being a functioning Buddhist temple, and b) creating an inviting environment for visitors.

Kodai-ji doesn't seem to have much going on in the way of the former, but man are they putting effort into the latter. They actually had a native English speaker take care of the explanation brochure (plus, unlike most tourist sites, it contains all the information in the Japanese-language brochure), and they've put two guides in each of the buildings in the complex to explain things to visitors.

Which is awesome in and of its own right, but even better when you throw a gaijin asshole into the mix. )

That will be all.

I <3 Japan

Nov. 9th, 2009 10:17 pm
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I have a big presentation coming up on Wednesday. I logged on to the computer tonight with every intention of preparing, but predictably ended up fucking around online instead. I even logged onto facebook (which I am normally loathe to do) in my desperation to avoid doing any work.

Little did I know that hitting the 'log in' button not only logs one into facebook, but also triggers an earthquake. Because that is exactly what happened when I logged on. So, seeing as I was already online with the intent to procrastinate I surfed on over to the Japan Metereological Bureau homepage to see what it had to say about the divine punishment I'd just pulled down on Kyoto for my unwillingness to write my presenation outline.

True to form, the Bureau had a full breakdown of the earthquake, complete with satellite image of the epicenter (::cough:: my neighborhood ::coughcough::) within five minutes of the tremors. And they had another one up with five minutes of the second earthquake I apparently triggered by logging on to Livejournal. (For future reference, procrastination logins to fb rank warrant a 2.9; lj a 3.1, and I have a new superpower.)

Japan, never change.

That will be all.
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...with several of you on the flist, American arrested in Japan for kidnapping own children.

Obviously, I feel horribly for the former couple's children. That said, here's a 38-year-old man who divorced his Japanese wife in January and has already replaced her with another. Anyone who has spent time in Asia will already know where my sympathies lie concerning this dispute.

That will be all.
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I was recently chastised by the boss for coming in to work "late." (Where "late" = "five minutes before the start of my shift.) Apparently employees are now required to come in ten minutes before the shift officially starts...although this begs the question of why they don't just have the shift start from the time they want you there. Telling me my shift starts at 1:00 when I have to be there at 12:50 is not going to fool me.

In other Violation of Labor Law news, we were recently told that employees who work the closing shift will not receive overtime when we stay past the end of the shift (in principle, this works out to anywhere from 40 minutes to one hour after we're officially "off the clock"). The reason? Because, our break periods are not deducted from hour working hours in return. This begs the question about how breaks are handled for the people who clock out before close but still receive the same break periods, or people like me, whose shifts are set up in such a way that we don't receive any breaks. Until I receive a satisfactory answer (hah!) I have resolved to count my transportation allowance toward my overtime, and ride my bike to work the appropriate amount of days to make up the difference.

In more amusing news, the Boss Boss came up to me with a couple of pairs of long johns in his hands. (Incidentally, we sell these second-hand long johns for about $15 a pair.) "AJK-san," he said with a half-embarrassed, half-exasperated expression. "What do Americans use these for?"

"Oh," I said, somewhat taken aback. "Pajamas, or, uh, for when it's cold outside."

So there you have it, folks. Used long johns, retailing at $15 a pair because the boss didn't know what they were for.

On another amusing note, women's nighties are tagged as "fairy one piece"s and sold with the dresses.

Oh, Japan.

That will be all.
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...are you expected to work seven hours off the clock.

That will be all.
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I made my flight reservations for Korea last Friday. As cell phone usage is (thankfully) not permitted in the uni computer labs or research rooms, I was unable to check travel info while talking to the travel agent.

AnywayRead more... )

That will be all.
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...here's a meme created by and ganked from the lovely [livejournal.com profile] theosakakoneko:

100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan

So, The Nippon Foundation has assembled a team of scholars and produced a list of 100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan, which is linked here. (PS: Would it have killed them to list the authors while putting in those obnoxious links to the Amazon "rewards" program?) I've bolded the one's I've read cover-to-cover, underlined the ones I haven't yet completed, and italicised the ones I own but haven't started yet.

Read more... )

I was really surprised to find that Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, Embracing Defeat, and Japan's Reluctant Realism didn't make the list.

That will be all.
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Japanese university courses are generally conducted on the following pattern: the professor assigns a student to outline each week's reading and recite said outline to the class. This means that the amount of work turned into to the professor is pretty low compared to the West; conversely, said presentation pretty much determines at least 50% of one's grade, since the professor has precious little else by which to evaluate one's performance.

Well, I was meant to give a presentation for one of my classes this coming Monday, but the weeklong cancellation in the face of the dreaded Swine Flu means the semester's schedule has been pushed back a week. Thus, my presentation is now on the 15th. That's kind of a problem since I'll be in Seoul that day...for a wedding, no less, which it's not something I can just back out of.And here my troubles begin. )

Luckily, Ando-sensei is infinitely more sensible than the college office. )

That will be all.
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Long-time readers of this lj will be familiar with my many run ins with Japan's "health" system, of which this example is one of the country's crowning achievements in weirdness.

Of course, being back in Japan again means being health examined again.

So today I dutifully trotted down to the airstream trailers parked on the uni plaza and submitted myself to the same health check I had to take a mere eight months ago in order to be admitted.

Anyway. It turned out to be a lot less invasive than the health checks I'd undergone as a civil servant. No swallowing bromide. No vampire-worthy levels of blood drawn. No (see above). It looked like it would be over in the blink of an eye, but then I made the unfortunate mistake of informing a nurse that I was currently undergoing a certain biological process.

Now, American physicians often just make note of this and carry on, but not, apparently, their Japanese counterparts. The nurse told the head physician on duty, who handed me a plastic cup and urinalysis vial and told me to bring them back at my leisure. I mean, seriously.

This would NEVER FLY in America. NEVER.

So I'm now walking around with a slightly mushed paper cup (albeit one manufactured for actual use in urinalysis tests, not a dixie cup) and (rather paraphanelia-remininscent) plastic apparatus in my bag. Apparently the contamination they will undergo in there is less worrisome than the presense of some extra platelets. I'm having a much easier time getting over this than I'd anticipated, due in no small part to the fact that I was told to complete a urine test...eh, whenever and wherever I felt like it. I mean, doesn't that defeat a large part of the purpose?

Never change, Japan. Never change.

That will be all.
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Mon Pere, who has REFUSED for my entire life to offer advice (or even a sounding board) concerning things he is ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT, like the relative merits or demerits of: career choices, education choices, banks, credit cards, loans and finances, etc. etc...

...has now decided that he is going to find an apartment for me Kyoto. )

And oh yeah, have I failed to mention:

GUESS WHO'S GOING BACK TO JAPAN NEXT MONTH!


That will be all.

Oh, Japan.

Feb. 19th, 2008 01:53 am
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I'm pretty sure one of you on my flist mentioned this a few weeks back. It's also been in evidence on my mixi page. Anyway, Japanese people seem to really, really like Obama. Why? Who knows? )

ETA: Their CIR, if they have one, must be having a blast with this.

That will be all.
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A good Japanese friend of mine is currently working on her Masters in New York. Her thesis is on Japanese media in the US, and she needs more respondants for her questionaire for her anime/manga section. If any of you guys want to help out, let me know in the comments below and I can send you a copy of said questionaire, which you can either email directly back to her or send to me to forward on if you don't want a stranger knowing your addy.

Cheers!

That will be all.

BIRTHDAY

Mar. 14th, 2007 10:08 am
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I'm posting it. So there.

First, I give you a brief birthday morning skit. )

So, with that auspicious beginning, I determined to spend a quiet day at home reading and editing. Until, that is, I got a call from [livejournal.com profile] bran420_7 and [livejournal.com profile] wombatdeamor, whom I've known for over half my life and half my life, respectively. We spent an evening drinking, at Bennigan's, where wombat was good enough to get me a birthay brownie (awesome), before proceeding to a change of venue, where we were joined by Bran's mom and her boyfriend. Then we changed venue again, before I went home during the early dawn hours. And thus ended my birthday.

Only to be resumed on Sunday. )

But the best thing about it was *this.* )

That will be all.

Bwahaha

Feb. 3rd, 2007 09:02 am
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Awesome memeage stolen from [livejournal.com profile] amasugiru. Namely, What is your 萌えタイプ? )

That's right. Serve me. Biatch.

That will be all.
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...just received an email that my interview in the シカゴ新報 is going to be published! How cool is that?
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Today found me driving up to C-town to attend a reception at the residence of the Consulate General of Japan. It was basically an in-and-out deal with no time for sightseeing or shopping (alas), but I did eat Ethiopian for lunch and get a chance to wear my snazzy new suit.

And make a small impromptu introduction/speech at the CG's residence, which evidently was impressive enough that a reporter from the シカゴ新報 asked whether or not I'd mind being interviewed for her paper. (Answer: not at all!) And I got chatted up by a cute junior consulate officer. (Thank you, snazzy new suit!)

All in all, a pretty good day.

That will be all.

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