Good evening Tuesday

Merry Christmas.
Happy Holidays.
And for those of you who have nothing to do with above,
Good job today.

Cheers everyone! (with a mug of hot tea)

今日も1日お疲れさまでした! 乾杯!(番茶)

    Now Listening: Somewhere not here – Alpha


[Good evening Tuesday] Honesty pays

Japan's consumption tax has raised to 10% since October, and the reduced tax rate (8%) is applied to essentials. For food, you'll pay 8% if you take out or order in, and you'll pay 10% if you eat in the store.

And this complicates the things.

One day at a bakery. I bought a bunch of breads and a cup of tea, planning to take a little break in the store.

A cashier lady asked me if I was going to eat all of them in the store, I said no, then she asked me which one to eat now and which one to take home. She needed to know specifically to type in the machine.

I said "I'm going to have a cup of tea and this sandwich in the store... and I'll take others home." And by saying this, I felt that my action was limited. If I had a bite of other things than this sandwich, it would be deemed as a tax evasion...

And the other day at a different bakery.

This time I went in just to have a coffee and a donut in the store, so I could simply declare "I'll eat here".

Then a cheerful cashier lady gave me a small cup, addition to my ordered coffee. She said "we are giving this cup to customers who honestly told and paid 10% tax. Good things happen to honest people. You can have coffee or miso soup or corn soup from that machine for free."

Though I was quite puzzled by their choices, I happily received this offer and reached the multiple beverage machine (it's all in one machine). I thought it's a brilliant idea.

Holding this honest people's cup, I remembered the Aesop's Fables of "What you had lost in the river was golden ax or silver ax..?" 

"Are you going to eat here or take out?"

Your honesty will be tested at the checkout.


EKN #24: May left

I spent my spring days listening to heavy drums. Now that rainy season has started, it may be good time to chill out a bit.

I’m now listening to the new album of The Cinematic Orchestra (Link). 
Absolutely cinematic. Perfectly suitable for rainy day like today.


[Good evening Blue Monday] If Then

My school project in 1995.

Our school was chosen to have new computers (FM TOWNS) and we got to learn super basic of BASIC... like 5 or 6 commands.

The problem was... there wasn't any teaching guidelines for these new-fangled machine nor teachers who could teach programming. I seriously wondered why our school was chosen…

For the assignment we needed to write more than 30.. or 50 lines of code to show graphics and play sounds. Looking back on it, we were making demos. Whatever the quality was.

I forgot what I made, but I thought writing more than 50 lines was very easy. Because, for example, if I wanted to draw a cat, it took at least 10 lines of command (lines + circles + rectangles + colors). And if I wanted to move this cat to the right, just +1 to coordinates in each of these lines. So 21 lines down only by a cat’s one side step. And where’s this additional “1” comes from? A command line to black out the screen. Yes, I was using the flip book technique. Because I didn’t know and still don’t know any other way. (Funny how smooth graphics move in pro people’s work.)

I remember I had really fun making it.


[This must be Thursday] Hello, new era

New imperial era has started in Japan.

Last time our era changed (yes, I'm a Showa-born lady), we were in mourning period and everything moved mechanically. I remember TV anchors were all wearing black, and we quietly received the announcement of new era and its change. And it took some time before we joked about this name of era. (e.g. "What, Heisei? Hey Say?")

However, things were really different this time. Because the Emperor (now former Emperor) decided and was allowed to abdicate while he's alive, the change was received positively. After the announcement of new era name ("Reiwa") on April 1st, the country was (at least to my eyes) filled with "Thank you Heisei!! Welcome Reiwa!!" festive mood. I saw a lot of media coverage about "Look back on Heisei 30years" and it was like a super deluxe version of new year's eve. (A bit like Millenium...?) Quite strange, but it wasn’t so bad to feel the uplifting mood. After all it’s just normal for us to expect something good from “new”. And yesterday, May 1, we messaged each other “Happy new era!” as we welcomed the new start.

Back on the day of new era name announcement, I was talking with a young store staff at The Body Shop. She asked “Is this your first time to see the era change?” A new way to check the age group. I said it’s my second time. And she went “Do you remember it well?” A new way to narrow it down! I said yes, and asked how she personally felt about the whole era change situation. I’m curious to know the take of Heisei-born’s. She suddenly straighten herself and looked at me seriously, and said “I feel... really old" ...then we both laughed.

I think I’ll remember this conversation at the end of this era… if I’m there.


Cherry Blossom 2019




haunt me: "Musique"

Dior Homme - Winter 2019-2020

Obviously I am not one to talk about fashion.
What I want to say is:

Yet another cool music video for Daft Punk..!

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