Tag Archives: everyday life in Japan

July 22

Hilarious Haiku About The Small Embarrassments Of Modern Life

So, last week I discovered Yamada Zendo, an artist who pens haiku-like truisms paired with pitch-perfect drawings, and they are SO FUNNY…if you can read handwritten Japanese, that is. Fortunately, I have a friend who helped me with the more opaque characters (and because no good deed goes unpunished, will be pestered to do so […]

May 05

I Never Thought I’d Be Excited About A Fire Escape

But isn’t this the best fire escape EVER? I mean, it’s a SLIDE. (And a fast one too. I know. I was a childhood slide junkie.) If I lived here, I’d want to have fire drills every day. • Read a novel set in Tokyo

February 04

Every Japanese Room I’ve Ever Lived In

If I were Queen Of The World, there would be a Japanese Complaints Choir* and they would sing about this. If anyone’s ever invented a more feeble excuse for a heating/cooling unit than the ones that supposedly make buildings in Japan habitable by humans, I never want to see it. And while we’re complaining (because you’re totally nodding […]

May 16

Former Home Of The Haunted Toilet

The bathroom that used to be on this spot in Inokashira Park was inhabited by an obake. In addition to the obvious creepitude of the sensation that an invisible something was watching you when you weren’t in the most flattering of circumstances, this ghost slammed doors and walked around if you went in alone. I have […]

April 04

Always Carry Your Washcloth, Your Pink Chat Ad Tissues, and a Yardstick

If you’re going to be out and about in Tokyo, be sure you have the necessary equipment for visiting public bathrooms. A washcloth is a necessity for drying your hands, since paper towels are few and far between. You also need a pack of the tissues that are pressed into your hand outside nearly every […]

January 26

Steel-Toed Construction Slippers

Okay, I was kidding about the steel toes, but not about the slippers. This is a construction site I passed today in Hiroo. Not taking off your shoes when you enter someone’s house here feels as weird as not taking off your clothes before you step in the shower, and that even goes for construction […]