This blog describes my journey exploring storytelling - words, images and the sensations they generate. The lot, basically.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Japan-o-rama! 


or


Eastern delights from a far faraway place


Welcome to Japan, the land of big ear lopes, small lips and blue scalps!




It took me a while to realise that in Japan, there is no reason to smile - you got letters for that.


Less lenient is the Japanese approach to dress code. Here are a couple of Japanese boys in uniform (the one on the left with the black jacket is expressing his individuality - sticking it to the man!).


Don't believe me? Dressing influences everything in Japan! Take for example drinks...



Apparently the primary market for a cool pint of lager are demure and conservative looking women wearing traditional kimonos.

Don't believe me? Here's another one!

Want a drink? Wear a kimono!

Poor girl just want a cuppa...

Guy got caught kimono less trying to sneak a bottle of coffee and out comes the punishment by public bear costume.

A thrilling prospect.

Alternatively, you can rehydrate with a bottle of Pocari Sweat.


The Japanese say, that you live one extra day, every time you try something new. Suggestion:


Sashimi... from horse.

Yep, raw horse. That was a first for me! Horse, not to mention raw.



If raw is a tad too fresh for you, Japan provides a thrilling alternative. In fact, how can you trust the quality of a restaurant, if they are unable to accurately reproduce their menu in plastic?


Bonus round for reading along so far:


3 things as Japanese as middle partings and reliable trains:

Slogans on clothing, which makes little or no sense.

Girls with knees touching in the classic X-legs pose.
People trying to sporadically handle their cell phones while in various states of sleep.
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