“Basically all conbini has security video camera right?… in Japan, these camera is for making private company database of which food is picked by customer. … If gaijin is eating some foods, they will discontinue because it must be too unhealthy or making everyone fat.” Read the rest of this entry »
Two generations ago, they were the only jobs with pensions
Why would anyone buy a Tokyo Walker-style entertainment mag that just has endless pictures of restaurants and doesn’t tell you which ones are any good?
March 7, 2008 at 1:34 am (Japan and the UK, Japanese bars- akachochin/ mamasan bars, Japanese baths and onsen hot springs, Japanese conversation topics, Japanese food and drink, Japanese freetime and hobbies, Japanese magazines, Japanese publications, Karaoke, okonomiyaki, Yakiniku)
Me and a student of mine were pondering on this for ages and then came up with the same answer at the same time- it’s mainly used as a conversation starter, e.g. for a new couple or colleagues groping their way towards a friendship nervously discussing where they should go away for a weekend trip. This realisation of how difficult the Japanese find conversation (even more than the British- see “Watching the English” for details), has been the biggest of all naruhodo moments for me. It explains the popularity of hostess bars, food that keeps your hands busy like yakiniku and okonomiyaki, akachochin mama san bars, karaoke, the endless talk about food and the weather, getting naked with your colleagues in a bath where it’s too hot to speak, limiting discussion of your holiday to the exchange of souvenirs, etc etc etc
“Born Mahoko, she took the name ‘Banana’ while a university student so her readers wouldn’t know if she was a boy or a girl” Kickboxing Geishas pg 29
The Japanese market was so closed that they never needed to become competitive
(according to Shutting Out the Sun, quoting some American academic whose name I forgot to note down)
Yes, I know the blog is called Japanexplained, but sometimes I just want someone to explain something to me instead…
Could it represent an illiterate person signing their name, I wonder??