The truth about living in Japan

Beyond the picturesque mountainscapes and vibrant red Tori gates lies a world of concrete skyscrapers and fashion victims.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

It's winter again

So here I was, sitting around in my flimsys finally feeling glad about the state of the weather when suddenly it turned on me. The temperature dived from 14°C to 3°C in the space of a day, and I was caught out in the elements in my thin coat, thin trousers and no earmuffs!!

I talked to my neighbour. She told me the Japanese have a saying "4 days warm, 3 days cold, then spring". If that's the case, it looks like I just have to stay inside for the next few days and then I can enjoy the new season.

At the moment, I plan on never seeing winter again.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Spring is a springing.

It's finally warming up. I'm not used to seasons and so I've been getting tired of the cold. Then, on the weekend I lost my earmuffs and this upset me greatly and reminded me of how I've never needed earmuffs before, unless I was skiing.

However, as it turns out, I haven't needed my earmuffs since I lost them. They were getting pretty old and battered anyway. I guess they just reached the end of their lifespan.

The grass is turning green again and the mountains are changing colour. The blossoms are, well, blossoming and there is a distinct warmth in the air. Today I didn't wear stockings under my work pants, just socks, and my big jacket has been hung up and replaced by my white coat (which was once a very warm down-filled parker, but it lost half its down when I washed it).

I hope this warm turn lasts. I can't wait for the return of the beach weather.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Burberry Baby

I can't stand my student's mum. He is about 1 year old, she's maybe 30. She dressed him in Burberry. Head to toe, he came to school today in a Burberry jump-suit and when he took it off he revealed underneath Burberry overalls, a Burberry blouse and Burberry socks in his Burberry shoes.

He's a baby! He's going to wet himself and get dirty crawling around under the TV in my classroom, why does his mum waste so much money on her Burberry baby?

Gotta wear the Burberry or you're just a big baby failure.