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Browsing Posts published on October 23, 2004

Workin’ man

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Although I never got around to finding a part time job here, I did manage to get myself in on a 1-shot deal tonight. It was at Kanda Gaigo Gakuin, which apparently is the vocational school associated with Kanda U. Yes, that’s right. There’s somewhere even lower on the foodchain than Kanda U. Anyways, they were having a party there, where they taught little kids about Halloween, while the adults (their parents) were upstairs pigging out on a buffet, drinking, and listening to horrible comedians.

Luckily, I didn’t have to work in the classrooms and teach the kiddos (they’re like 5 to 10 years old, I can’t handle that). I was upstairs with the parents and staff. My “job” was to mingle with the people, in English. I don’t really think anyone spoke English…. Anyways, I pretty much just talked to the Japanese girls about my age and pigged out on the buffet. And what was my work (1 hour of waiting, 2 hours of “mingling”) worth? 6000 yen. Yep, that’s right. Approximately 55 US bucks. It’s a tough job, someone’s gotta do it…

Oh, additionally, there are apparently a bunch of earthquakes going on tonight in Niigata (north of here). I felt about 3 while at the party in Tokyo, and some aftershocks. Just felt another here in Chiba. People are dying in Niigata, luckily they’re not that bad where I’ve been.

How to excite the salarymen

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I haven’t really written anything about Y’s yet, mainly because it’s not usually eventful. It’s the best place to hang out on Friday with the A-team, 2500 yen (about 22 bucks) to pig yourself out. Fun times. HOWEVER, I thought I should point out one thing. With all the salarymen that go to Y’s also, there is one event of the night that ALWAYS draws a crowd. It’s when the staff makes the announcement that (roughly translated): “The fish head is done. Please eat.” I swear, every salaryman in the house gets up to scrape meat off of this giant fish head. And when I say giant, I mean it is bigger than my head. And that would be a lot of meat.

I actually tried some yesterday, it is pretty good. Tastes like fish. Some parts of it, like behind the eyes, are really good. Sometimes there’s slimy stuff on it. I’ve never been up there right at the beginning, but I’m guessing it’s a COMPLETE head. Meaning, eyes, brains, etc. Those salarymen love that. I think Dad would too.

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