Saturday, February 29, 2020

C.M.B. volume 43 review

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C.M.B., vol. 43, by Katou Motohiro. Grade: B
We're back with 4 stand-alone chapters.

Ki no Awanai Yatsu (Incompatible Guy, Monthly Shonen Magajin 9, 2019)
The story starts out with a bit of history regarding the Kurds in Iraq. It then switches to an archeological dig 50 km out in the desert, run by Professor Tarheru (Tarheel?). The professor has invited Shinra to the dig to see the work in progress, but his primary apprentice, the young Kurd Mulato, is miffed at having to share the professor's attention. He angrily stomps into his tent, and runs into a young Kurdish woman named Salumar. Salumar is currently trying to escape Iraq and avoid being the victim of an honor killing. Her parents had escaped Iraq to live in France, where Salumar was born. When she was 9, her father died in a construction site accident, and her mother had to raise her on her own. Her uncle, Kashim, agreed to take her into his own family, and for a while everything was ok. Then, about 6 months ago, her mother called to say that she was having trouble staying in France, and Kashim decided to marry the girl off in an arranged marriage to a relative. Salumar ran away to try to find some way to get to France, but in doing so, has embarrassed her uncle, and his only choice is to have her killed to restore his honor.

Tatsuki tries to work with the French Embassy in Iraq to get their cooperation, but the clerk there can't do anything unless the girl can show her passport and ID card at the main airport. If she does that, he can arrange for air tickets out. Unfortunately, Kashim confiscated the passport and ID card and locked them away somewhere. Mulato keeps trying to talk Salumar into going back to her uncle, begging forgiveness, and accepting her fate, and acting confused when she refuses to do this. In the end, Shinra and Tatsuki decide to get Salumar to the airport anyway to try and bluff their way through customs. Mulato goes to Kashim's house and rats on them. Kashim and his male cousins race to the airport, spot the girl, and prepare to kill her when they get the chance.

Questions: Why is Shinra's plan so poorly thought-out this time? Will Salumar get out of this alive?
Natural History: Just a little background on Kurdish history and honor killings.
Payment: Nothing mentioned.

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Mulato is willing to work with Shinra when they have shared goals. He tricks Kashim into showing where he'd stashed the girl's passport and ID (behind a painting), and gets the uncle and relatives to follow the wrong car. When the jilted groom-to-be sees the girl getting stuck at the ticket widow for not having a passport, he lunges forward to stab her in the back. Of course, it turns out to be Tatsuki dressed up as Salumar, and she throws her attacker to the ground and demands to know what crime this is. Meanwhile, Mulato is in a different taxi with Salumar, and they reach the U.S. Air Force base, where a black female soldier welcomes the girl to safety.

Toumei Zakana (Transparent Fish, Monthly Shonen Magajin 10, 2019)
In New York, at the Alan and Ellie Art Museum, there's been a break-in and assault on the co-founder, Alan. He's put into a hospital, and Shinra is called in to help Ellie and the museum guards figure out what happened. The museum is currently running an exhibit on climate change, and some nutjob is apparently trying to have it shut down (they received a letter earlier threatening to kill everyone associated with the exhibit). There's only one entrance into the museum, and that's across a small bridge over a reflecting pond-like moat, and the security cameras didn't record anyone coming in that way. Just before the attack, one of the displays, a stack of Earth globes, was knocked over with a crash, and a different painting was set on fire. There were three guards in the main exhibit room at the time, and no one could have gotten past them while they were putting out the fire to get to the back rooms to attack Alan near his office. Tatsuki, Ellie and the guards run through all the possible scenarios and come up blank.

Questions: Is there an attacker? Or, is this the work of a ghost? How did the assailant get past the cameras and guards unseen? What does Shinra's comments about ghost fish relate to?
Natural History: Just talking about the camouflage techniques of the ghost fish.
Payment: None mentioned.

--- Spoilers ---

There's an aquarium in the museum with a bunch of translucent fish. For normal sea fish, the backs are darker and the underbellies are lighter. In this way, predator birds have difficulty spotting normal fish from the air because their backs blend into the color of the water. And predator fish coming in from below lose their prey with the lighter stomachs blending in with the sky above. Shinra states that the villain came in dressed as a workman carrying a large sheet mirror. The mirror reflected the bridgework back at the camera, making him appear invisible on playback. Then, inside the museum, he turned the mirror around so that the back would blend in with the interior walls of the room. He used the globe display and burned painting as distractions to get past the guards, and broke the mirror up and hid the pieces in with the wreckage from the painting frame to dispose of it before escaping through the storage area back exit. The FBI does catch the guy, but he claims innocence. Shinra tells them to check the his sneaker soles for glass fragments.

The reason why Shinra helps Ellie this time is because of the importance of the freedom of speech in the arts, which he sees being threatened in his own museum. (This story may be in reaction to the public response to a comfort woman statue that appeared in an art exhibit in Aichi, in 2019.)

Haisha (Dentist, Monthly Shonen Magajin 11, 2019)
Tsuneya Kozumi is an unemployed system engineer going into a dentist's office to get a cavity filled. In the waiting room are: a high school girl talking on her smartphone; an old woman with her granddaughter looking at a picture book, and Shinra. Tsuneya gets called into the operating room, has his tooth filled, returns to the lobby to pay his bill, then heads back outside, where he is surrounded by mist. When he comes to, he's back in the dentist's office lobby. He wakes up in a shock, and everything repeats. After several groundhog day loops, he starts to panic, so he asks the school girl next to him if she's noticed anything weird going on, adding that he thinks he's in a "time leap". She gets angry and calls the police. They haul him away and he wakes up in the lobby again. He tries asking the grandmother, and the same thing happens. Cautiously, he tries asking Shrinra for help, and the boy says, "yeah, so?" Shinra's first suggestion is that there's been a break in the timeline. His second is that maybe there's something impeding his future. And so on (each time, Shinra forgets his previous advice). Finally, the boy asks if there's another exit. Maybe there's a hint in the lobby that he's overlooked.

Questions: What's going on? Is Tsuneya another killer with amnesia which will be revealed at the end? Is Shinra the one messing with him? If not, what are the hints, and what needs to be set right? Is this even about Tsuneya at all?
Natural History: Nothing.
Payment: None:

--- Spoilers ---

Eventually, Tsuneya realizes that the high school girl's phone ringtone matches that of his old girlfriend. The little girl has a beauty mark on her cheek right where his girlfriend's was. The teddybear on a back shelf is like the one his girlfriend used to love, and the next dental appointment would be on her birthday. Turns out that some months ago, Tsuneya had been in the middle of a really difficult programming job, and it was affecting his health. When his girlfriend tried to get him to go to an onsen with her, he went into a rage and broke up with her. A little later, he collapsed at his desk at work, had to be taken to a hospital, and lost his job. Tsuneya then tries to collect all the clues to try to see the woman again. After scheduling his next appointment for 2 days after the original date, he goes outside the building, and rather than being engulfed in mist again, his phone rings. The little girl in the office thanks the old woman that had been talking to her, and runs outside. In truth, the entire story revolved around the girl, who never would have been born if her parents hadn't gotten married. She runs to Tsuneya and the former girlfriend, now his wife, and both of them are looking several years older. She grabs their hands and they walk into the mist together. Shinra stands outside the door, wondering what had just been going on.

Kameo Gurasu (Cameo Glass,  Monthly Shonen Magajin 12, 2019)
In London, an old man named Morgan Alburn is sitting in his house, looking at a strange lamp. A Greek bowl is placed upside down on the shoulder of a female statue, which is standing on an inverted bowl for a base. In the statue's other hand is a light bulb. He says that this is really unusual, and asks himself if he can use this. Over in Japan, Shinra and Tatsuki are walking in the school hallways with their classmates. The other kids are trying to find a venue for their Christmas party, and they decide to hold it in Shinra's museum. The boy is less than happy about this, in part because of the possibility that some of his exhibits may be damaged. The money for the party isn't an issue because he can always get what he needs by drawing on the power of his C.M.B. rings. At this point, Mou Segirl drops by. She says that she'd been visited by this guy named Alburn, who'd given her this sad-sack sob story about needing to sell a weird antique to raise money for his wife's heart bypass surgery. He showed her a photo of the lamp, and said he'd sell it to her for 10,000 pounds. Mou wants Shinra to go with her to evaluate the lamp in person and tell her if the Greek bowl is authentic. If it is, she can turn around and sell it for 100,000 pounds.

Shinra and Tatsuki dislike Mou's intent to defraud a desperate old man out of his money, but Mou offers to tell the boy something that will turn his life around, so the three of them fly to London. There, Alburn pulls the lamp statue out of a very elaborate metal case, and both Shinra and Mou determine the bowl to be the real thing. It had probably been used by someone who didn't know its real value to cobble together the lamp from scrap. Mou offers the guy the 10,000 pounds, but he starts to cry and says that after approaching her, he returned to the hospital where his wife revealed that the lamp was really just junk and that they shouldn't take advantage of Mou this way. He returns the lamp to the case and prepares to leave. Mou demands to give him 3,000 pounds anyway just for the surgery, and that she'll take the thing off his hands. Alburn produces papers handing ownership of the lamp over to her, with a clause stating that she agrees not to complain if it turns out the components of the lamp really are worthless. Mou signs the contract, Alburn gets his 3,000 pounds, Mou gets the lamp, and everyone goes their separate ways.

Questions: Is the lamp real or not? If not, what can Mou do, and can she get her money back? Is 3,000 pounds really enough to pay for Mrs. Auburn's heart surgery? Does she die before she can be saved?
Natural History: Just a bit of background on the value of Greek bowls, and the occasional practice of using antiques to make kitsch art.
Payment: Shinra gets told a secret.

--- Spoilers ---

Mou takes her lamp to a testing lab, where she's told that it's a fake. All of the components in the statue, base and shade were made recently. Back in England, Alburn and his wife are cackling evilly over their success at tricking the Queen of the Blackmarket trade. They'll now be known as the Pair that Pulled a Fast One Over Mou, and they'll be able to open up shop on the blackmarket themselves and command top dollar for the inventory they've amassed. Workmen are currently boxing everything up in the house to be moved to a warehouse prior to starting up their new business endeavor. Suddenly, Mou and two henchmen appear at the top of a stack of crates, having overheard the confession. At the time of the deal, Shinra had commented on the quality of the carry case, and had taken that opportunity to slip a homing beacon inside it. The case was actually a standard magician's trick, with space for holding two lamps, and two doors - one that opens when the case is turned upside down. Mou had been shown the real lamp, but had then been given the fake one. Shinra and Tatsuki are crouched off to the side of the room, watching this. The boy had used the beacon to track the case to Alburn's house. Because the guards are armed with submachine guns, Mou has the upper hand. She tells the two would-be traders that she'll generously buy everything they have for half-price. Later, at a pub, Shinra demands to receive the information Mou offered for payment. She tells him that there's talk on the grapevine that someone is trying to get the C.M.B. rings from him.

Summary: None of the stories really stand out. Incompatible Guy is kind of irritating because Mulato acts like a spoiled brat, and the entire subject of honor killings is treated superficially. Plus, the ending trick was telegraphed too obviously. Motohiro has used mirrors and reflective surfaces several times before, so that trick was also telegraphed in Transparent Fish. He's also employed the "villain as protagonist in a dream" trick a few times. The only thing interesting with Dentist was in the reveal for whose dream it really was. And Cameo Glass was a run-of-the-mill whodunnit. I knew the case was gimmicked, I just didn't know the specifics of the design. The reveal that someone is after the C.M.B. rings kind of fell flat because that was one of the sub-arcs back when the series first started. However, the back splash page advertising book 44 announces that this will be a 4-chapter arc, and the artwork shows six new characters, a flashback page to three of Shinra's "fathers" from the British Royal Museum, and the title "C.M.B. Satsujin Jiken" (C.M.B. Murder Incident). So, maybe we'll get more background on the three previous holders of the rings, and how Shinra had been raised. Recommended if you like the series.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Small Adventure 73

Nothing over-reacts like a panicked Japanese. Because of coronavirus fears, the Tokyo marathon is being scaled back to eliminate general public participation and only allow elite runners. The Kagoshima marathon at the beginning of March was fully canceled. The Ramen-Oh contest to see which restaurants have the best ramen, held in front of Dolphin Port Feb. 22-23, was canceled. The 20 km Ryouma Honeymoon Walk in Kirishima (just north of Kagoshima) March 21-22 hasn't been canceled yet, but the homepage has a list of health precautions the organizers are taking (everyone wears masks, and there will be hand sanitizers wherever anyone gathers).

Less than 40% of Japanese polled are interested in attending the Tokyo Olympics events, and "#justcancelit" is trending on Twitter. The government has ordered schools to close for the next 2 weeks, which is making the parents of 2-income families mad because they can't find daycare options for their kids. There's a news story in the Japan Times today that panicked hording of Chinese-made tissue and toilet paper has resulted in shortages in several cities, which includes here in Kagoshima. I went to Donkey last night and all the shelves had been emptied.

The English school I work at is small, so there hasn't been pressure to close yet, but I don't get paid if I don't work. And, the owner has put in a table for hand sanitizer, which is new.

We'll see what else gets canceled in the next few weeks. Sigh.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Tege Tege Highschool, Feb. 23

I wrote up this long description of what I did on Sunday, and how I discovered the MBC Broadcasting company's Tege Tege Highschool live event at Amu Plaza, and then I accidentally overwrote the file. Now I have to write this all over again, and I don't really feel like it.

Anyway, I went to Amu on Saturday after the Ramen Oh event at Dolphin Port got canceled, and arrived at Amu a little after 5:30 PM. Everything was already buttoned up, so it was looking like Tege Tege had been canceled as well. The sign above gives instructions for combating the coronavirus. "Be safe to enjoy! No health, no fun!"

However, when I returned on Sunday at 2 PM, it was back in more-or-less full swing, with a lot of people wearing face masks. The promenade area had activities for kids, and examples of club demonstrations. The main plaza area had the live stage and a general "no cameras" rule. Most of the stage stuff consisted of MBC personalities joking with the audience, some dance studio performances, a couple manzai comedy duos, and a little professional live music,

One of the boating clubs ran a sculling and kayaking simulator demo.

An arts group let people make their own bubble aquariums with fake fish.

A technical high school put together a Minions-based electrical maze game.

One of the MBC personalities. He was the one at the food city market in the Dolphin Port parking lot a couple weeks ago.

High school science team putting on a smoke ring box demo.
After a little while, I went into Amu and sat in Seattle's Best Coffee for an hour reading C.M.B. and Q.E.D. manga. Then I went home and played on the computer for the rest of the day. Overall, not an exciting weekend.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ramen Oh Canceled

Yeah, the Ramen-Oh event intended to showcase ramen from local restaurants was supposed to be last weekend. Up until Saturday, I'd been listening to the radio and not hearing anything about it. I talked to a few of my students and they were thinking about going, too. On Saturday, my last lesson ended at 4 PM, so I swung by Dolphin Port to check the live stage event schedule.

But, when I got there, workers were already busy tearing down everything. The woman pictured above was returning to get her money back. The sign says "Ramen Oh is Canceled."

This is probably going to hurt the ramen shops that were going to participate here. The drop in Chinese tourists is having a big impact on the local economy, and a lot of the shops depend on this event to bring in revenue.

But, it was a nice day for it.
Stupid virus.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Kagoshima Art Fest 2020

Tenmonkan hosted Vol. 4 of the Kagoshima Art Fest last Saturday.

Wide variety of artwork represented, including photography, and video game animation.

Most of the people at the tables were the artists, who seemed to mainly be college age.

Examples of local booklets using artwork and photos from the students.

"I won't betray our empress."

Examples of video work.

Kitsune mask artist's husband modeling the product.

Some good work this time, but most of it didn't photograph well.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Pokemon Mugicha

Ito En, a company that has vending machines for their own (actually, less popular) drinks has a tie-in with Pokemon for their mugi-cha (tea made from roasted barley).

For when you're really desperate to pay $1 USD for something that has Pikachu on the bottle wrapper.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Mountain Mouse

One of the schools near City Hall has this art display in their announcements case. This is the Year of the Rat, and the mountain they're infesting is Fuji. Fuji is made of cheese.

The more you know.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Wakage no Itari comments

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Wakage no Itari (Folly of Youth) (by Keiichi Tanaka, Kadokawa Press, 2019)
Keiichi is a manga artist who works largely in the style of Osamu Tezuka. His past works include Doctor Chichibuyama, G no Samurai and Chikiu Boueitai Seha Girl. According to his Author page on Manga Updates, he was the General Manager & Solution Sales Division at Web Technology Com, a company attempting to create 3D-based character creation software to allow people who can't draw to make their own manga.

Wakage (subtitled "Youth Days of Game Creators" in English) is a collection of short chapters that attempt to imitate interviews between Tanaka, a random female assistant named Pyouko Miyazaki, and various video game creators that were responsible for what Tanaka considers landmark games from the '90s and early 2000's. The conceit is that these games could only have been made by people who were still too young and brash to know any better. Each chapter follows pretty much the same pattern: Keiichi lays the groundwork for the game from his own personal experiences with it, he introduces the creator and praises the guy a lot, the guy talks about how hard it was to get the game approved by management and/or their coworkers, how he overcame various obstacles, announcements of upcoming games by the same creator, and Keiichi closing with his thoughts on how parts of the game are still with him (or with him and Pyouko, or with society as a whole). Overall, the interviews are pretty shallow, and the obstacles are the kinds of things you'd generally expect from Japanese companies - management wants to move slow or not at all on new projects into unexplored territory, combined with the fact that at the time there were few software tools for game development management on the market, and someone else needed to arrive at the company to make them.

I'm not really a fan of other artists that imitate Tezuka's character designs, so that's off-putting here. But, it is interesting to get a bit of a glimpse at the people responsible for developing some of the games I've played in the past. There are a total of 11 interview chapters. I've played 2 of the games, and I at least know a little about three others. The rest are completely alien to me.

1) Final Fantasy VII - Hironobu Sakaguchi
2) Aquanaut's Holiday - Kazutoshi Iida
3) Mecha Beasts Zoids - Mitsutoshi Tokuyama
4) Ryuu ga Gotoku - Toshihiro Nagoshi
5) MOTHER - Shigesato Itoi
6) Hoshi no Kirby - Masahiro Sakurai
7) Hatsume Miku - Wataru Sasaki
8) Princess Maker - Takami Akai
9) Cyber Troopers Virtual-On - Juurou Watari
10) Doko demo Issho - Kazunori Nanji
11) Puyo Puyo - Masamitsu Niitani

I've played Puyo Puyo and FF VII, and I've seen artwork or samples of Kirby, Miku and Princess Maker. Aquanaut apparently is a creature breeding simulator. Zoids is mechanical animal combat. Ryuu is about the Yakuza underground. Not really sure about MOTHER; the primary point seems to be that the player's name gets included in the end credits for having been part of the overall game experience. Kirby - a Mario clone. Miku - raising a singing idol. Princess Maker - raising a girl to become a princess. Virtual-On - cyborg combat. Doko Demo (Everywhere Together With You) has you raising a virtual cat and giving it treats until it leaves to become human. I expect everyone knows about FF IV, and Puyo Puyo was a Tetris clone designed to reward risk with big paybacks.

Overall, Wakage is an easy read and doesn't contain too much that's surprising. Recommended if you want to know a little more about the people behind the development of the games you've played, assuming that they're included in the above list.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Sukiyaki Sword Art Tie-in

The Sukiyaki beef bowl place on Streetcar Street in Tenmonkan has a new tie-in, this one with Sword Art Online.

"None shall pass."

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ghana Choco Display

This manga display promoting Ghana chocolate for Valentine's Day went up at Shiroyama supermarket at the last minute.

"Pink Valentine."

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Kimetsu no Yaiba Bookmarks

Last week, I ran out of stuff to read, and I had an hour to kill between English lessons, so I picked up a copy of Shonen Jump magazine. Didn't see anything in there that I have interest in reading in the future.

But, there was a punch-out sheet of clear bookmarks, if that's the kind of thing you like. Lately, I've only been reading e-books, so physical bookmarks aren't quite as useful anymore.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Exercise Festa, Feb. 15-16

Amu Plaza hosted an exercise and sports event over the weekend. I needed to buy some birthday presents on Saturday, and I made a quick swing-by between lessons in the middle of the afternoon. The place was still just getting set up, and some kid's dance group was practicing on the stage at the back.

The schedule showed a few interviews with athletes, and a manzai comedy duo, but nothing starting until closer to 5 PM Saturday evening. None of the goods shops or food booths were open to customers when I was there. Overall, kind of a non-starter.

I did end up coming back on Sunday as everything was winding down at 4:30 PM. The main activities were posing with a few marathon runners for photos, and a kind of strongman demo, where one of the runners would hold his arms up in a victory pose and let small children hang from his biceps.

If I liked Japanese sports, or if I needed running gear, this event would probably have been more interesting.

Monday, February 17, 2020


The weekend was kind of an oddball bust. I picked up a translation clean-up job on Thursday, and had to focus heavily on that for the entire time. But, I also had classes at the English school near city hall Friday and Saturday, and I also needed to do a lot of running around for shopping between my classes on Saturday. Only to have the 5 PM class get canceled on me.

Anyway, I had one class from 1:30 to 2:30, which ended up starting 20 minutes late, meaning it ended 20 minutes late. I was going to return home after that to get a little work done on the translation clean-up, but as I got out the door, I spotted some masts sticking up over the skyline down at Dolphin Port. I'd planned to take the streetcar up to Amu to get a bit of fast shopping done then go home, but I just barely missed the next streetcar. Instead, I figured I might as well go down to the bay and see what was going on.

Thursday and Friday had been beautiful, warm and clear skies, but Saturday and Sunday were rainy and miserable. I shuffled through the rain to get to the loading docks next to the city aquarium, and nearly slipped and fell into the mud several times. There were a couple men on the docks taking pictures of the ship, but I stopped at the entrance gates when I saw the sign "closed to outside people, danger, speeding forklifts." I stood just inside the gates to get a few pictures, and someone came up to me to make sure I didn't get any closer to the ship.

According to the text on the lifeboat, this is the Kaiwo Maru, and is operated by the National Institute for Sea Training.

If I'd had the time, and someone let me, I would have liked to go onboard and look around.

At the same time, I noticed that someone was setting up tents in the waterfront park in front of Dolphin Port. I didn't see any signs, but I'm inclined to think this might be for the Ramen-Oh contest. Can't say anything about that for sure, though.

Does look like a dining area under the big tent to me, anyway. It's just that the timing is wrong. I took the photos on Saturday, and Ramen-Oh is a two-day event. I didn't come back on Sunday so I don't know if they were done setting things up. Or, maybe they were just trying to get ready one week in advance.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Choko Paku 2020

Amu Plaza had their Chocku Paku event for one week, from the 8th to the 14th, to sell overpriced almost-chocolate to women. Generally, I can't get to Amu much during the week, so I only had one shot on Friday for a few minutes when I needed to do some shopping at Aeon department store on the other side of Streetcar Street.

Yeah, small portions in large boxes, and prices where you're mostly paying for air. In other words, products specifically geared towards Japanese women.

In Japan, Feb. 14th is when women are pretty much required to buy chocolate for the men they interact with. At companies or in schools, this takes the form of "giri choco" (obligation chocolate), which is usually the Japanese equivalent of Hershey's bars (Lotto, Ghana or Meiji) for 100 yen each. March 14th, White Day, is when the men are supposed to buy stuff back for the women, but this almost never happens. Apr. 14th is Black Day (introduced from South Korea), for men that don't have romantic partners to buy their own chocolate. However, a growing number of guys have been buying chocolate for themselves for Feb. 14th because, why not?

Or, just get flavored caramel corn.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Small Adventure 72

Last week, I was at the intersection in front of the neighborhood supermarket. Same intersection where the kimono woman had tripped while crossing the main street. This time, I'd already crossed the main street and was waiting for the light to change so I could get past the cross street to get to the store. Next to me was a middle-aged woman, maybe mid- to late-40's, wearing a heavy fur coat and sunglasses, very self-absorbed and focused solely on a point on the ground a few inches in front of her. She'd also just crossed the main street next to me, and without stopping, walked into the smaller cross street without even looking up or around her to see if the light had changed or if there was approaching cross traffic.

The light for us was red, and some guy on a scooter was racing through the intersection to beat the light before it turned green for us. Three other people were standing at the same corner, and no one said anything about the impending accident. I ended up calling out "abunai, abunai" (it's dangerous, look out). The woman looked up, saw the light was still red, then looked at me. The scooter screeched to a halt a foot from the woman, and she turned to see the guy for the first time, just as the light turned green for us (yes, he was running the red light for him). Everyone apologized to everyone else, and went on their own ways as if nothing unusual had happened.

It's amazing that more people don't die in traffic accidents here.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Wicky House Science Party Poster

"Our Experiment Classroom." "Chemical Reaction Party."
Wicky's House, food and bar. From 12 PM, 1,500 yen, includes one drink.