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Swedish Style in Tokyo right now

Posted by on Saturday, 5 November, 2005

Well, since I’m a Swede, I guess I have sort of an obligation to promote any Swedish event happening in Japan, or more specifically, Tokyo.

RIght now, the so-called, “Swedish Style” is being held at different venues around Tokyo, with the center of things being at the Swedish Embassy in Roppongi. Check out the website for more information.

For a quick run down on what Swedish Style is, I quote from the introduction:

We are happy to welcome you to Swedish Style 2005 and the wide range of Swedish events taking place in Tokyo between 2 and 12 November. This year, we invite you to enjoy Happy Style! We want to highlight the fun and friendly aspects of design and we want to celebrate the different ways that design, art, food and music make us happy. And we hope that Swedish Style will bring you happiness.

At the Embassy of Sweden in Roppongi-Itchome, we present Swedish Conceptual Design. Six young exciting designers and design groups are represented, as well as a ground breaking art institution. You will also find the Swedish Style Café, a place for a relaxing break, and a number of workshops


Adventure lies ahead!

Posted by on Friday, 4 November, 2005

Yesterday was the last day at my job, and because of some outstanding vacation days, I now how roughly three weeks vacation before I start my new one! Hooray!

Well if you’ve followed my posts for some time, you’ve seen that I hardly mentioned my work (except for the coffee post) and I plan to keep it that way. No way am I going to blog about work and risk getting dooced. People who know me personally know where I work (and will work from December 1st) and those who don’t… well, if you REALLY wanna know, just drop me an e-mail! 😉

Anyway, I would like to post about job searching in Japan – which is no walk in the park, that’s for sure. I’d like to share my experience and offer some small tips. But I will prepare a proper post for that, and write in within the next few days. Stay tuned!


Random interesting photos from Japan

Posted by on Thursday, 27 October, 2005

My cellphone’s memory is filling up, so I started to erase some unnecessary photos when it hit me that some of the photos I’ve snapped around Tokyo might be entertaining for you. So I present some random shots taken with my cellphone camera (thus the bad quality):

(Mouse over the images for a description/Click to enlarge)

Terrifying roller coaster at Tokyo Dome CityDoraemon et al on parade in AkihabaraHottest instant curry I've ever eaten!Great Hawaiian restaurant in AkasakaIce Cleam!?Apparently the KKK is active in Japan...Speaks for itself!Coca Cola-flavored milk!Japanese are crazy about Marimekko!Huge 200-slot driving range in Yokosuka


That is a lot of cassette tapes!

Posted by on Tuesday, 25 October, 2005

This guy seems to love cassette tapes – he has collected a whole page of pictures of different brands and models of them! It’s a huge nostalgic kick, that’s for sure!

Check it out here: Cassette Jam ’05



Most annoying behavior in Japanese trains

Posted by on Monday, 24 October, 2005

The Organization of Private Railroads in Japan (日本民営鉄道協会) [my translation] recently released the results of the 5th annual poll on annoying behavior in commuter trains.

I first read this last week somewhere but I forgot to comment on it, although I found some of the results quite amusing. And then today I read Simon’s Blog where he had taken a picture of the poster displaying the results, so I got the inspiration to post about it again. On the official site of the organization, you can read about the poll. Basically they polled people commuting with any of the 16 major private railroads in Japan about what they thought was the most annoying behavior of fellow passengers. Here are the results from this year’s poll (as best as I can translate it):

1.How people sit in their seats 24.8%

  • Sitting down with their legs spread too wide.
  • When young or healthy people sit in the priority seats.
  • When people don’t squeeze together enough in the seats to fit more people in rush hour.

2.Usage of cell phones 19.9%

  • Speaking on a cell phone with a loud voice.
  • Loud ring tones.

3.Behavior when getting on the train 8.6%

  • People who ignore the line of people waiting for the train and just boards ahead of everyone else.
  • Not waiting for people to get off first before boarding.

4.Sitting on the floor of the train 8.1%

  • People sitting close to the doors blocking boarding/getting off.
  • When 5-6 people sit in a ring-formation on the floor.

5.General noisy behavior 7.0%

  • Groups of people acting loud and rowdy.
  • Parents who don’t tell off their loud children.

6.Headphones turned too loud 6.1%

  • Having the volume too loud in a crowded train so everyone has to listen to the sound.
  • Bass and beats too loud.

7.Women putting on makeup 5.1%

  • Hair and smell when putting on makeup/fixing hair is annoying.
  • Things better done in private should not be done in public.
  • Even as a fellow woman, it can be unpleasant to watch.

8.People carrying bags 4.9%

  • People who don’t take off their backpacks when in the train.
  • Placing bags on the seat.

9.Smoking on/around the train 4.7%

  • People who smoke anywhere outside the designated smoking area.
  • Throwing cigarette butts on the platform.

10.Eating and drinking on the train 4.0%

  • The smell fills up the whole car.
  • Just leaving garbage in the train after eating/drinking.

Well, most of the answers I fully agree with! There’s nothing more annoying to me when people waste space in the seats by sitting like sack of potatoes and/or with their bag next to them! Further, people rushing onto the train before you have time to get off is so darn annoying, too. I always try to elbow them in the chest to make a point! But, I can’t say I am particularly bothered by women putting on their makeup on the train. I find it amusing that they do, but it doesn’t bother me at all.