Apr
04

Tour for the new hired

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 Posted by

I was greeted by this message on the Company Intranet this morning:

Please be aware that the tour for the new hired will be held during the subjected time to show them the working place. May cause some disturbance to your work.

I don’t know why, but it just cracked me up…. Must be tired. It’s that time of the year I guess – when hordes and hordes of young people start their new jobs.

Apr
02

Photos Now Available on Flickr

Sunday, April 2, 2006 Posted by

I have started publishing my photos on Flickr now as well. To see my photos there, go to:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostinjapan/

For now, the plan is to upload most photos there, and then keep some of the best here locally. As for now, I do not have a Pro Flickr account, so there are not so many. I plan to upgrade shortly and start uploading my backlog of photos.

Apr
02

Divorce Checklist for Japanese retirees

Sunday, April 2, 2006 Posted by

Happiness after retirement
Today I offer to all you Japanese retirees out there, a checklist to see if your marriage is in jeoprady or not! This is an actual check list that was published in the Japanese magazine “Comfort Club”. Recently there has been a surge in divorces of elderly couples happening close after the husband retired from his job, which for the better part of his life used to BE his life. So retired husbands, if you answer YES to any (or all) of the below questions, you better shape up or get out!

  1. You were always busy with work and never concerned yourself with your family.
  2. After retirement you want to spend every waking moment with your wife.
  3. After retirement you basically just want to hang around the house taking it easy.
  4. You have never cooked a meal in your whole life.
  5. You have almost never cleaned, washed clothes or done household shopping.
  6. You call your wife ‘mother’ or by just yelling ‘Oi!’, basically never calling her by her own name.
  7. You want to know every detail of your wife’s whereabouts when she is out of the house alone.
  8. You have never complemented your wife on her cooking.
  9. You never utter the words ‘sorry’ or ‘thank you’ to your wife.
  10. You and your wife really have nothing to talk about.
  11. You have a hard time letting your wife go on trips with friends.
  12. You don’t really know where your own clothes are.
  13. It is always your wife who takes care of your own parents when needed.
  14. You leave all financial matters completely to your wife.
  15. You don’t care about your wife’s friends or interests.

You know what is scary about a list like this? That it even exists, and that there actually is a need for it! The generation of men who are retiring now are totally clueless when it comes to their own family, having neglected them for over 40 years, basically only caring about their job. Of course this has been a problem before too, but it is just recently that it become more socially acceptable with divorce. Earlier in Japan the wife just had to suffer silently until death came and give her solace….

Mar
28

Lightening up the mood a little

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 Posted by

Well it’s that time of the year (?) when I think one should lighten up the mood of your blog a little… So I decided to throw in a bunch of these LiveJournal-esque blogthings or self-tests:


Your Blog Should Be Blue


Your blog is a peaceful, calming force in the blogosphere.
You tend to avoid conflict – you’re more likely to share than rant.
From your social causes to cute pet photos, your life is a (mostly) open book.

Well, my blog is partially blue, does that count?

Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English
20% Yankee
15% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

This is pretty interesting, because I have heard people say I speak in an Upper Midwestern dialect on a number of occasions… Apparantly I don’t, because if Blogthings-test says something, then it’s the truth! 😉


You Failed the US Citizenship Test


Oops, you only got 6 out of 10 right!

Well I was not really thinking of applying anyway, so…. (sour grapes?)


Your 2005 Song Is


Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

“This shit is bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S)”

For you, 2005 was the Best Year Ever.

Yeah, that’s my shit! 😀 Seriously though, 2005 was a good year, but Hollaback girl good? Wow, that’s quite a bold statement!

Mar
27

Cherry blossoms are serious business

Monday, March 27, 2006 Posted by

Cherry Blossom

The Cherry blossom (桜 Sakura) viewing season (花見 Hanami) has started here in Japan will all that it entails. First of all, you can be sure that the popular viewing spots are completely crowded for a week or so, so don’t even bother going there if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your viewing experience with tens of thousands of other people… No but seriously, this must be the most beautiful time of the year here in Japan, with the peak of Fall (with its multicolored leaves) being a close second. Temperatures are slowly but steadily rising in Tokyo (we have around 15-17 degrees daytime now) and it’s pretty darn nice to be outside. Personally I took a little stroll below the cherry blossoms at our local spot, a small street lined with Sakura trees. The usual stands selling everything from noodle to banana crepes were of course set up in a timely fashion, to make sure the local business gets the most out of this year’s Sakura season.

Speaking of big business. The business of predicting when the Sakura season starts is very serious. Last year, the Japan Meteorological Agency predicted that the cherry blossom viewing season would start four (4!) days earlier than it actually did. The outcry from the Japanese population equalled that of the criticism of the American government after last year’s tsunami Katrina. The Japanese take their cherry blossom viewing seriously!

Here is an article about a cherry blossom forecaster working for JMA. It’s an interesting read, and you will get an idea of just how important the timing of the blooming trees are here in Japan. In the article there is a reference to a site with real time cherry blossom information, and that you can find here: Weathernews Sakura 2006