Japanese society

    • February 17, 2022

    Do You Know the Truth of Inflation in Japan?

    Tragedy will attack Japanese school kids Are bananas categorized as snacks for a trip? I ensure this phrase never fails to make Japanese people laugh. Japanese elementary school students (6 to 12 years old) go on a school day trip once or twice a year. It’s fun and special to go to a zoo or a park together with classmates, but equally or more important is they are allowed to bring snacks. The problem is the total amount is limited to less than only 300 yen (about 2.6 US dollars at the current exchange rate) in most schools. Kids always beat their brains to maximize the benefits arising from such a limited amount of snacks. This is the reason why bananas are subject to debate as above (as a joke) in Japan. Snack price will be inflated, but the kid’s allowance won’t You may think you can’t buy anything only […]

    • November 2, 2021

    Why Is Kyoto Still a Popular Travel Destination?

    Almost all the Japanese students go to Kyoto on a school trip The biggest school event for Japanese students is a school trip, I’m sure. We go on a trip with all the classmates three times in our lifetime. They are the sixth grade of elementary school, the third grade of junior high school, and the second grade of high school. It’s a kind of Japanese spring tradition. You can see many students in school uniform in popular sightseeing spots like Kyoto. It’s a tragedy if you stay in the same hotel as a school-trip group, though we (who used to be students having enjoyed school trips) don’t have any right to complain thinking back our own youth days. During the COVID, most of the school trips have been canceled, and I really feel sorry for them. Many old buildings, though most of the students are not so interested The […]

    • September 7, 2021

    Do You Know What Are Essential for Our Life?

    What are things other than basics of life? One of the biggest reasons why I was back to my hometown is a summer music festival held in Hokkaido. Nevertheless, this summer is ending without the fest due to the COVID, the same as last year. I don’t intend to complain about it. I’m just worried about people working in the entertainment industry. They are not only musicians but also sound mixers, light controllers, stage arrangers, etc. in the case of music fests. Their field is more like the world of artisans, different from what many people imagine. It’s very difficult to get back lost techniques. During the COVID pandemic, the present Japanese government leaves us to our fate in the name of self-help. Among other things, it is cruel especially to the entertainment industry. Our government seems to regard things other than basics of life as unnecessary. Difference in attitude […]