Stationery

Since I have come to Japan I have found stationery stores to be fun. It is because Japanese are really into handwriting and have some of the best pens and pencils on the planet. I remember buying a mechanical pencil that advanced the lead in a new way. Instead of clicking the top one shook the whole pen. There is some neat stuff.

Not that I would ever need it but correcting things have gone through various stages. The first was the white liquid that dried to write over it. The second was a little correction tape cartridge to cover over the mistake. The third was a small roll of Post-it like paper to cover things and writing on the paper. Now, people use a new type of pen with ink that disappears when you rub it. The increase in temperature causes this.

The other thing different about Japan compared to America is the prevalence of plastic sheets put under paper so it is easier to write. Often these sheets have cartoon characters or decorative designs. English has such a simple written language that there is no need for these whereas Japanese characters can have a lot of details and need a better writing surface.

Little children love erasers. And the erasers can be made in any shape. I like the sushi shaped ones myself. (Just to look at.) The kids collect these. When I was young I remember three type of erasers, pink, an eraser with two ends for ink and pencil, and the crumbly art eraser not this.

Have you been to a stationery store recently?

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Big Brother Parking Lot

I just came back from a store. It has a parking lot that charges only after the first hour. It used to have the typical gate that opens and you take a card with a time stamp. NOW they take a picture of my car and its license plate. When I get done with shopping I go to a “Big Brother” machine and punch in my license plate number. After I put in the number it shows me a photo of my car and asks for money if I have parked over an hour. (I like free so I shop quickly. No dimes left my hands.) I then drive off the lot. There is no gate I have to pass through on exit but I am sure a camera gets a picture of my departure.

The system works by recording the car license. And if you didn’t pay the right amount and drove off, the police or collection agency would come after you. They probably put in this system because there is a sports stadium nearby and people were working the old system and paying the right amounts. Now they know exactly how long a car has stayed. Before you could switch time stamp cards with someone and get out of paying a lot.

I wonder how much Big Brother is tracking me and my car not just at this store but around town.

Do you have anything like this near you?

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64 means “mushi”

http://www.misaki.rdy.jp/illust/child/gakkou/mushiba/sozai/103.jpg

Well, this is for June 4th. In Japanese, numbers can make words easily. 6 can have the “mu” pronunciation and 4 can be “shi”. “Mushi” means dental cavity. So June 6th is Dental Cavity Day. Okay technically Fight Against Dental Cavity Day but I like the looser translation.

Happy Dental Cavity Day!!

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Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends….

We have reached a nexus, a tipping point, where one deflection may echo down the centuries.

As the remnants of national democracy align against elite totalitarian rule, USA, Japan, India , Brazil and Trump versus China and the Globalists….

As the media/democrat/deep state complex holes up in the Fuhrerbunker of Impeachment…

Trump has unleashed the BARR and given him the power to destroy by truth.

A mistake or overreaction could result in blood in the streets or worse, legal action.

Tread lightly, trust no one, always have an exit plan.

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Livin’ the Dream

I met this man in Toba. He is fulfilling a dream of traveling all around Japan. I asked him, “How long was it going to take?” and he said, “Six months.”

That is a nice bike. It is a BMW 1100. I hear they are a real smooth machine. I bet Ace Fungo or Haakon could tell us more.

If you look closely at the picture you will see some camping gear. He camps when he can but stays at a hotel when it rains.

What is your dream? Are you livin’ it?

BTW, he even went down to Okinawa and went around that. Okinawa is like Alaska or Hawaii for the States.

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Holey Light


I was walking down the street and there was this interesting shop. It was dark with these strange lights. ULOs? (Unidentifiable Lighting Objects) I went into the shop and talked with the owner.

The shop was run by a middle aged woman who was also an artist. They are made of ceramics and then holes are made in them with these tools.

Here is a website in Japanese with some great pictures of her work.
www.toukoubouyu.com
Tell me what you think.

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This is the End of Heisei

One friend said today, “This is last time we will do this.” This is how Japanese talk at the end of the year. They are big on the endings. Well, it turns out that it was the end of the year. Tomorrow the calendar changes to become Reiwa. The Emperor father turns the kingdom over to his son.

To show this is real I got this in my inbox from Costco Japan. Gannen is a fancy way to say Year One.

Happy New Year All!!

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