Blue Cash

29 01 2009

Shrine Gate, Kyoto, 1/17/2009

Been a while since the last post, so I thought I’d post some stop-gap pictures while I continue to work on the convenience store post. I’m trying to make it exhaustive, so it’s taking a bit, and today I accidentally ate one of my planned examples, so I’m behind schedule. I’ve also gotten a job working at KCJS and will be taking some cooking classes in addition to the quickly increasing homework load I have, all of which are starting to eat away at my free time. As I’ve said before though, I’ll do my best to keep posting.

I realized today that I never posted any pictures of Kyoto University’s campus. I don’t have a whole lot, but some of it’s pretty nice.

Kyoto University's clocktower.

Kyoto University's clock tower.

I really like this tree- it's located in front of the clocktower near the Yoshida Shrine.

I really like this tree- it's located in front of the clock tower near the Yoshida Shrine.

A view of Kyoto University's awesomely cheap cafeteria and surprisingly ghetto gym.

A view of Kyoto University's awesomely cheap cafeteria and surprisingly ghetto gym.

A typical Kyoto University campus view. Also note how clean the cars are; every car in Japan looks like that.

A typical Kyoto University campus view. Also note how clean the cars are; every car in Japan looks like that.

The immaculate cars in the picture above remind me of something I’ve wanted to talk about. Imagine the best driver you know in America. The absolute best one, who knows all the shortcuts, can perfectly parallel park, and go in reverse with their eyes closed. This person is as good as the worst Japanese driver. People here are all insanely good at driving, especially getting into tight parking spaces and navigating narrow alleys. In addition to the cramped nature of most Japanese metropolitan areas necessitating the development of this level of skill, most Japanese seeking to obtain a driver’s license must go to a driver’s school for around a month, and usually pay a fee around 300,000 yen. With current exchange rates, this is roughly thirty million dollars. So, Japanese who want to drive aren’t screwing around, for the most part. I personally hate cars, so whatever draconian measures that can possibly be instituted in the U.S. have my support.

(Totally random note: I really like the new M.Ward song “Jailbird”. But I liked it even more the first time he wrote it and called it “Outta My Head”.)

Music I’m Listening to Now: Animal Collective, “My Girls”

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