Japan Travel Stories, Page 3

Is a World Depression a Good Excuse

Is a World Depression a Good Excuse
I am in a Hostel in Fukuoka, Japan they have many notes around the television area about not making noise. It is 7:00 am in Japan and I want to use the Television Room, if they get angry can I say,
“I am worried about a World Depression.”

I wonder if they would accept this as a valid reason?

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Fukuoka, Japan
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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My experience in Hostel and Hotels is normally nobody cares what is happening in the world.

I do suspect they would care if MTV stopped broadcasting.

Even the eco-this and eco-that, save the world, hug a tree, never seem to care about the news on the planet, it is more about complaining about the planet, not knowing.

I do limit my use of CNN and BBC to factual data knowing they do spin real issues beyond belief; stories will start out small, and become world crisis level daily as they find new fishy spin casting words to use.

Maybe I can say,
"Stock Market Meltdown."
I believe this is spin, so I would be lying, however the long-term implications of real estate devaluation of 10-40 percent worldwide could cause a depreession. The whole world seems to think they live in Las Vegas, and they can be the odds.

Is a World Depression a Good Excuse


Surfing Site with Adblock.org Plus

Surfing Site with Adblock.org Plus
A reader made a humorous comment saying,
I'm surfing your site without ads using "adblock plus"
(On State of the Union)

I found this genuinely interesting, I have no desire to stop advertisements when I surf, however it is amusing to try to empathize or understand the people who do wish to stop advertisements.

Hmm, I feel a sense of darkness, a deep vast black area.. hehehe

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Fukuoka, Japan
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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I remember 10 years ago in Mexico, I allowed a girl from England to use my computer to check her emails. She used Hotmail.com which is free to use, however suddenly she became angry,
“Why are their advertisements on my email page?”

I tried my best to explain,
“Hotmail is FREE, they give you free use of email that is paid for by advertisements, and you do not need to click on them.”

“Without the advertisements, you would need to pay for your email.“
In addition, I proceeded to tell her a couple of ways to buy emails service, knowing well that this person wanted something for nothing.

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Exchanging Emails in Hostel

Exchanging Emails in Hostel
I have been exchanging emails with many people in the last few weeks, now that so many Hostels have free internet this has become easier.

However, people exchange emails and it means almost nothing, here is a funny technique I use to cull out the slackers.

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Fukuoka, Japan
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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A person wants to exchange emails, we walk over to a computer, I open my Yahoo mail account, I start to compose an email. I then ask them to type in their email so there are no mistakes, after they do so, I compose a letter or email something like this,

Subject: Andy from Seoul Backpackers Hostel
(or -- Their name, people need good subject lines or they just delete, their name is the only thing they know well.)

“Hello Person,

This is Andy we met in the Seoul Backpackers; please respond so I know this email works correctly.

Thanks

Andy

Too funny for words, only about 1 in 10 ever reply, so in a way there is little reason to exchange emails, I do so because the people who reply are genuinely good people, and sometimes what I thought was a good person and my friend is really a self-center lout.

The better friends are one who feels an obligation to reply to emails as good manners.

Exchanging Emails in Hostel


The Art of Global Business

The Art of Global Business
I purchase light bulbs all over the planet; the normal price is under 50 cents US.

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Fukuoka, Japan
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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I purchased this light bulb in a Family Mart Convenience store here in Fukuoka, Japan for 200 Yen, this is 1.88 US Dollars.

In my opinion the art of global business it to understand where on the planet they are making a product cheap and import /export the items to the country that sells the same product for much more.

This is why the world wishes for the USA economy to stabilize, they want their customer healthy.

China is invading Africa, setting up all sorts of trade deals, China is the king of the cheap product, they are making oodles of low quality cheap product and Africa is a good market for China.

Somehow, in my opinion, a person only needs to have a good eye for where there is some lacking of products, know where they make the product cheap and introduce the need to the supplier.

Traders, not a new business on the planet, one of the oldest.

The Art of Global Business


Korean People Eat Aquarium Fish

Korean People Eat Aquarium Fish
While I was in Korea, I noticed many Fish Tanks; in a way, stopping and looking at the Fish they eat were some of the best Aquariums I have ever seen.

Here are a couple of the more exotic looking seafood’s they was selling in South Korea.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Is this a squid or an octopus, or something else?



A person could walk by on the alleys or streets see all the seafood the restaurant sold and I assume go in and eat it.



Worms for sale, this truly was not my idea of lunch, I am not sure, maybe it is an Eel.



Truly not easy to extract any clear information from owners of Korean Restaurants, these are not tourist grade restaurants, and for sure, a tourist restaurant is the last place on my list of places to visit in any country on the planet.

Hmmm, pay a lot of money to see culture that has been changed to suck up to tourist, maybe next lifetime.

Korean People Eat Aquarium Fish


Western Washed Japan

Western Washed Japan
The first day in a country is the best rush on the planet, however today in Japan was a Western Washed walk in Fukuoka, Japan.

Maybe you could say, “White Washed Japan” however, it is more about being washed by the Western Culture until there is little left of the Japanese culture and I feel like I am in the USA.

Western Washed: The culture of Japan has been Western Washes; it is now Wash-and-Wear ready, not much different from any other Western culture except they are in the East.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Taiwan, South Korea and Japan now have felt like Asian culture put through the Western Wash cycle and the Globalization dry cycle at work.

English is the language of world business; therefore, I do expect English words to be used in World Cities. However, sometimes the use of English words seems too Whitewashed; I see the same thing in the USA with the use of French Words.

A restaurant that nothing to do with France will use a few Frenchie words in their signs to prove they like to wrap scarves around their neck and walk funny.

I suppose the commercials on television in Asia are the best examples of Western Washed culture. They will insert a few words in the majority of country wide broadcast commercials. I think to myself,
“Do the locals know these words?”

7-11 and Family Mart both have their signs all over Asia and no words associated with the front signage that says Asia. 7-11 is owned now by a Japanese company; however, there is nothing about the company that appears Japanese.

Western Washed Business Culture of Japan



Century 21 Realtors, with words in English in their signs, I am in Japan, or I could use my imagination and return home for a moment.



Yahoo seems to be selling Broadband internet connections or something in Japan, I wonder what percentage of people can read the word “Broadband,” and understand, I do not understand the purpose… I do understand the reason for the Yahoo logo.



These are magazines in a convenience store; look at how many words are in English. Think about it, if you went into a store in the USA, how many words on magazine would be in Foreign Languages.
“Mademoiselle”



Here is a Japanese Vending machine; even these machines do not escape the Western Wash cycle.

My point is this, why are they bending over backward inside their own country to include English words in their culture. I see this all through Asia and it is as if they go through the Western Wash cycle and come out White Washed. I am in Fukuoka, Japan, this is not the place where the world is coming to visit, and there are very few tourists.

I have done two walks in Japan, North and East, now I will go West and South, I want to find one building that reminds me of a Japanese Movies made in Hollywoord.

I have to be very careful that I walk straight paths away from the Hostel or I may get lost and not find anyone that can speak English to help me get back to the Hostel. I for sure have two business cards of the Hostel in my pocket to help me find my way home.

I know you want photos of Japan, these are photos of Japan, or I could go hunt for hours for what you are expecting to see.

Western Washed Japan