Escaping friendly conversation

Everyone can appreciate pleasant customer services, from both sides. Whether you’re the customer or the seller, friendly conversation and a smile can go a long way toward making you feel comfortable. I try to make a habit of offering basic civilities whenever I approach a counter. As simple as a greeting, a smile, maybe even…

Jingle Victim

If there’s any part of you that can keep up a rhythm, it’s your heart. Whether it speeds up or slows down, it always keeps going. When you go to sleep, rest assured, it’ll still be dutifully beating for you when you wake up. Isn’t that comforting to know? You don’t ever hold the responsibility…

Acrophobia

I have a poor history with heights; I have an unfortunate tendency to fall from them. So my acrophobia is not irrational in the slightest, despite what everyone might tell you. As someone who has flown through the air and bounced off the floor on multiple occasions, I can assure you some pain is involved….

The Great Pizza Heist

Is there ever a moment where you regret eating pizza? Think back and try to imagine an instance where you suddenly thought, Oh dear God, why did I eat that. The problem is, it’s difficult to be poisoned by it, it still tastes good cold or a few days old, and if you eat too…

Under The Sea

During my time in Yokohama, I bought a ‘few’ things. So I went to the post office a ‘few’ times to send these things back home. I needed to do this fairly regularly so in order to limit the cost, I sent my packages by ship. It took 3 months to get back to the UK…

The Joy of Japanese Paperwork

Don’t you just love filling out forms and applications? It’s so much fun, I could do it for days. Maybe there’s a rule, or several, each with it’s own sub-clause that needs individual attention. Maybe you can’t give it all to the same bureaucrat and you’ll be lucky enough to go on an adventure! (if…

Naked in the snow

Before I begin, it is only fair that I warn you that I am now insane. Please bear this in mind if you feel the instinctive need to frown at my decisions or suggestions. Back in the UK my company said to me, where would you like to work in Japan? Hmm, I said, anywhere is…

Terrifying the Maid Café

I have no personal interest in Maid Cafés, just to be clear. I find them slightly creepy to be honest; seeing lots of young sexualised women pretend to like you. It’s like a hostess club with more singing and role-play. I’m told that it’s nothing more than fun entertainment without any adult tastes, and maybe…

Leonet, waterfalls and some acrobatics

I lived in a Leopalace apartment for over 6 months when I came to Sapporo and for the most part it was pretty functional. Fully furnished, plain and it has it’s own magnetic lock and security system, like a cosy prison cell. There are one or two hiccups though which aren’t immediately apparent. The first…

Direction or Distance

I have an amazing sense of direction. I can get out of mazes with ease, navigate my way through the Tokyo subway system, and I can even pin the tail on the donkey if I’m not spun around too much. My sense of distance however  is all but absent. My friends had invited me round to…

Unfurnished

It’s been a month of new beginnings. New work contract, new colleagues. Now it’s a new apartment. Moving is always kind of exciting. Getting to know the local area and the opportunity to design your home again; it gives the hassle a silver lining. Unless that hassle gets out of hand. I moved into an…