Archive for January, 2011
Have you ever gone to a ventriloquist show and wondered what it would be like if the dummy was real? Well here’s the answer.
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If you walk anywhere in Tokyo, you are bound to come upon hundreds of people wearing surgical face-masks over their mouths and noses. This is not some new fashion stupidity or a cry out against smog, it is just part of the Japanese etiquette. In Japan it is considered really bad behavior to blow your nose or cough in public. If you have the slightest symptoms of the common cold you are expected to immediately put on the mask. Because of this you will find yourself being waited on by a masked women, the girl at the counter on the More >
- The worst dressed manager at work is also the most senior – no he’s not the janitor! -
- A meeting will never ever end before the scheduled time, even if they have to go over the issues a third time to achieve this. -
- They turn out all the office lights at 12:00 P.M. sharp to save energy during the lunch hour. -
- Those employees who don’t do out for lunch sleep at their desks till the lights come on again. -
- The first slide in every presentation is numbered zero and the ground floor is the first floor. -
- The chairs in the meeting More >
Project Control to Tokyo Son Project Control to Tokyo Son
Finish off your sushi lunch already and put your earphones on (Ten) project control (Nine) to Tokyo Son (Eight) (Seven, six) Commencing signon (Five), Skype now on (Four) (Three, two) Check audio recognition (One) and lets (Blastoff) hope this time it works.
This is Project Control to Tokyo Son, we know it’s 3 A.M. by you But top management wants to know just how you fare And have you found a large dress shirt that you can wear?
This is Tokyo Son to Project Control, you’re shouting in my More >
Space International Ltd., … is offering gold or silver to the world’s biggest vending machine market,.
The machine offered 1 gram of gold for ¥6,800, or $82.30, according to the price Monday. Gold traded at $1,362.45 per troy ounce just before 11 a.m. in Tokyo, or about $44 a gram. The vending machine sells the precious metal in the form of coins and ingots, with weights ranging from 1 gram to a little more than 7 More >
1. Toilets (sorry bathrooms!) Lets face it with a toilet that warms your but and gives you a water massage while you read it’s hands down (or rather bottoms down) to the Japanese.
2. Sidewalks for the blind. O.K. so that might seem an over expensive luxury to sum, but still it does kind of make sense.
3. Magnetic trashcans at work. The stick to the side of your desk leaving you more foot room and they never spill over onto your new polished shoes that cost you a fortune on 5th Avenue.
4. Park benches for non smokers.
5. Sweet potato (yam) muffins More >
- Read the three year old issue of Vogue ignoring the stares of the elderly women sitting opposite you who is sure you’re a sex maniac who should be put away pronto.
- Make funny faces at the cute four year old sitting opposite without his mother noticing.
- complete a full and extensive expedition into your right ear.
- Ask the receptionist, for the seventeenth time, when you will finally be seen.
- Check your watch for the ninth time, making sure the disinterested receptionist can see you.
- Go to the restroom and rush back in case a miracle has happened and the doctor is finally ready to see More >
From the middle of January 2011 the Taite Gallery is moving to Tokyo, Japan for a two year stint. Look out for posts in the Englishman in Japan section.
As a preview here are some interesting Japanese signs.
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