Salariman Spending Money

In Japan, women usually control the purse strings, and men are given a monthly allowance that they use to buy lunches, go drinking, and purchase daily items. My wife’s brother recently had his spending money cut, so I’ve been interested in the topic of how much people get. I found this interesting article on the subject, so I’ve translated it below. It’s from an online technology and lifestyle blog called Maikomi jaanaru and is based on a survey by Shinsei Financial.

Salarymen’s average total spending money decreases by 5,000 yen from last year to 40,600

Shinsei Financial released the results of the “2010 Salariman Spending Money Survey” on June 8. It was conducted on 1,000 salarimen between the ages of 20 and 50. The average amount of spending money decreased for the third year running, and salarimen are cutting back on things such as buying bento boxes and eating out, making efforts to maintain their lifestyles and increase their savings.

Salarimen’s average spending money decreased by 5,000 yen to 40,600 yen, going down for the third year in a row. 56.8 percent reported that they had not had pay increases between last year and this year. The number who “received no pay raise” outpaced those who “received a pay raise” last year, and the trend has continued.

When it comes to how allowances were spent, the average year’s amount is 500 yen, but last year it decreased sharply by 90 yen. It has been dropping continuously from 710 yen in 2001, and this year’s amount was the lowest in 10 years. When asked how many times they brought their own lunch in a five-day period, the number who answered that they brought lunches from home, refraining from eating convenience store lunches, going to the employee cafeteria, or eating out, increased from 1.3 times last year to 1.5 times this year.

The number of times salarimen ate lunch out decreased from 1.1 last year to 0.9. Going out eating and drinking after 5 PM decreased from 3.3 to 2.9 times per month, the third year in a row it has gone down. The price paid for drinks decreased by almost 1,000 yen this year to 4,190. Shinsei reported that “The long deflationary spiral seems to have affected the amount spent on lunches and drinking, and at the same time, it can also be said that salarimen’s desire to save money may also have increased greatly.

The original article is here.

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Average Rents in Tokyo by Area

Tokyo is one of the world’s most expensive cities, and rents can be astronomical, but if you’re a little bit careful in deciding where you live, it can also be surprisingly cheap. This chart is from the homepage of a Japanese real-estate agent called Homes Chintai that shows the average monthly rents for various apartment sizes throughout the Greater Tokyo Area. It goes from cheapest  to most expensive and there’s a huge variation in the 70,000 yen you’d pay for a two-bedroom apartment in Hachioji City to the 194,500 yen you’d pay in Minato Ward downtown (not to mention the fact that you’d probably get an extra 20+ square meters of living space in Hachioji).

The website has similar charts for all areas of Japan, but is in Japanese only.

The first number in each cell is the average rent in tens of thousands of yen (E.g. 3.73=37,300 yen) and the one in brackets is the number of apartments the company has within ten minutes’ walk of the nearest station.

Area One room 1K 1LDK・2K・2DK 2LDK・3K・3DK 3LDK・4K・4DK
Hamura City
3.73 (11)
5.01 (67)
6.23 (81)
7.31 (81)
8.18 (16)
Ome City
3.77 (84)
4.64 (198)
5.81 (129)
6.86 (121)
8.33 (37)
Hino City
4.46 (356)
5.54 (1023)
7.26 (385)
9.38 (255)
11.45 (133)
Akishima City
4.47 (69)
5.81 (483)
7.07 (146)
9.04 (91)
10.60 (34)
Tama City
4.50 (138)
5.55 (454)
8.40 (163)
10.04 (86)
12.88 (66)
Hachioji City
4.56 (632)
5.36 (1658)
7.00 (535)
8.50 (409)
10.77 (214)
Higashi-Yamato City
4.61 (16)
5.33 (101)
7.00 (128)
8.22 (83)
9.92 (12)
Fussa City
4.65 (51)
5.36 (173)
6.14 (102)
7.24 (82)
9.62 (20)
Kodaira City
4.66 (245)
5.74 (672)
7.46 (263)
9.88 (188)
12.54 (95)
Kiyose City
4.73 (52)
5.99 (196)
7.05 (71)
8.57 (35)
9.46 (17)
Higashi Murayama City
4.83 (184)
5.51 (367)
6.80 (270)
8.63 (202)
10.39 (77)
Higashi Kurume City
4.98 (27)
5.59 (208)
7.37 (66)
10.09 (53)
11.36 (36)
Kunitachi City
5.25 (112)
6.19 (548)
8.56 (179)
11.04 (137)
12.91 (143)
Machida City
5.38 (273)
5.97 (1326)
7.29 (242)
10.04 (163)
12.81 (119)
Kokubunji City
5.42 (391)
6.15 (814)
8.44 (326)
11.24 (162)
14.50 (64)
Inagi City
5.44 (39)
5.55 (241)
7.82 (144)
11.60 (358)
13.78 (167)
Fuchu City
5.46 (310)
6.34 (1429)
8.67 (667)
11.30 (438)
13.03 (183)
Tachikawa City
5.48 (367)
6.08 (1151)
7.90 (514)
9.71 (276)
11.25 (110)
Nishi Tokyo City
5.49 (219)
6.41 (790)
8.04 (305)
9.45 (191)
12.49 (159)
Katsushika Ward
5.51 (687)
6.43 (2186)
8.06 (1275)
10.87 (539)
12.84 (195)
Koganei City
5.68 (173)
6.51 (705)
8.84 (230)
12.06 (138)
15.15 (70)
Komae City
5.74 (61)
6.76 (352)
9.61 (138)
12.28 (47)
16.05 (37)
Chofu City
5.92 (344)
6.83 (1840)
9.66 (820)
12.50 (569)
14.63 (312)
Itabashi Ward
6.12 (1873)
7.01 (6627)
9.72 (2810)
11.66 (951)
14.87 (540)
Adachi Ward
6.17 (982)
6.52 (3588)
8.14 (2363)
11.06 (1150)
14.47 (457)
Edogawa Ward
6.18 (528)
6.85 (2916)
8.93 (1457)
11.43 (881)
13.52 (276)
Nerima Ward
6.25 (1484)
6.98 (6059)
9.71 (2309)
11.89 (1803)
14.29 (971)
Suginami Ward
6.42 (2472)
7.60 (7609)
11.26 (2531)
14.81 (1039)
18.89 (564)
Kita Ward
6.47 (1358)
7.41 (4784)
10.26 (1723)
13.75 (837)
15.74 (275)
Mitaka City
6.60 (315)
7.53 (871)
10.81 (326)
16.13 (109)
19.54 (60)
Toshima Ward
6.67 (2315)
7.94 (5835)
11.39 (1915)
16.18 (798)
20.22 (263)
Nakano Ward
6.69 (1817)
7.86 (4537)
11.80 (2170)
15.30 (763)
17.71 (346)
Arakawa Ward
6.77 (505)
7.74 (1721)
10.36 (867)
14.18 (486)
16.47 (144)
Ota Ward
6.90 (1560)
7.78 (6729)
11.06 (2852)
14.66 (1093)
19.04 (669)
Setagaya Ward
7.19 (3387)
8.01 (9818)
12.69 (4070)
17.08 (1973)
22.84 (1102)
Musashino City
7.24 (448)
7.60 (1679)
12.04 (540)
16.56 (232)
21.12 (85)
Sumida Ward
7.28 (961)
8.21 (4071)
11.03 (1451)
13.33 (443)
17.10 (187)
Bunkyo Ward
7.39 (1486)
8.37 (4462)
13.78 (1786)
19.29 (1032)
26.62 (447)
Koto Ward
7.68 (870)
8.60 (4394)
12.08 (1391)
16.91 (678)
18.20 (418)
Taito Ward
7.86 (848)
8.98 (3242)
12.06 (1664)
15.45 (559)
19.53 (138)
Shinjuku Ward
8.15 (2887)
8.87 (7763)
14.00 (2698)
19.73 (961)
26.72 (375)
Shinagawa Ward
8.32 (1783)
8.59 (4788)
14.04 (2166)
18.90 (831)
23.44 (393)
Meguro Ward
8.79 (1449)
9.49 (3517)
15.94 (1683)
21.71 (781)
30.78 (414)
Shibuya Ward
9.65 (1819)
10.21 (4184)
17.91 (2506)
25.40 (1001)
36.53 (399)
Chuo Ward
9.87 (731)
9.86 (2821)
15.42 (2510)
20.86 (943)
26.34 (239)
Chiyoda Ward
10.38 (434)
10.13 (1241)
17.99 (618)
26.58 (225)
53.60 (100)
Minato Ward
11.47 (1578)
11.21 (4273)
19.45 (3344)
29.33 (1572)
42.86 (535)

Memories of the Bubble

I’ve always been fascinated with Japan’s bubble economy. I think it’s because I came to Japan in 1993, just after Japan’s famous economic bubble burst. I was constantly hearing stories about people getting 10,000 yen an hour for teaching English, GOD (Gaijin on Display) jobs where all you had to do was show up at the office to make it look “international,” and guys getting invited by salarimen they met on the street to ritzy hostess clubs where they drank single-malt whiskey and smoked cuban cigars, all on the Japanese guys’ tabs.
Today’s post is translations of selected comments from an interesting thread that appeared on a  blog called, a site which posts interesting threads from 2Channel, about excesses during the bubble.
There original post is here:

How did you feel at the peak of the bubble?

1:Did you enjoy wild, salariman merrymaking every night?

Did you get a lot of job offers?

2:Not only did I get a lot of offers, I got paid money for going to recruiting seminars.

3:Guys who graduated from famous universities were invited to soaplands or given trips to stop them from taking offers from other companies.

Actually, it was just Tokyo University, Kyoto University, Hitotsubashi, Waseda, Keio, Sophia, and International Christian University.

4:When I couldn’t get a taxi, I a waved a ten-thousand yen bill.

7:They say when you went job hunting, your savings increased by a million yen.

13: I’m a farmer and we don’t lock our door, but we kept three million yen in a drawer.

14: When we went to visit our senpais, not only did they give us food and alcohol, but they gave us taxi tickets to get home.

16:All the women had thick eyebrows.

17:I was poor, so I was not happy like everyone else was.

In those days, girls said:
I won’t date you if you don’t have a car
Let’s spend Christmas at a top-class hotel
I want a Tiffany ring for my birthday
*There were some exceptions.

19: In the mornings everyone had alcohol on their breath, and I felt the whole country was filled with wasted energy.

20:The late night TV shows were really sexy.

21:I was told “civil servants are losers.”

23:Anyway, the biggest difference was the feeling that if you made an effort, you could do anything.
That’s why we had an image of civil servants and people in safe industries being losers who were afraid to make an effort.
There was a feeling that even freeters who were following their dreams were better than them.

24:Women had thick eyebrows, curly bangs, wore Dior perfume and Chanel lipstick.
I felt like all the women in cities were like this from the time I was in college.

25:Tokyo had enough money to buy up everything in America.

30:Now I think about it, the people who enjoyed the bubble were the winners.

No matter how much money you have, in a recession you can’t enjoy your money, no matter how much you spend.

33:When I hear the word “bubble,” I think of having sex with your girlfriend in a Ginza hotel.

It must have been a happy time.

39:Juliana’s Tokyo

47:Women’s eyebrows are strangely thin now.

50:My uncle says, In his student days, he  could get 1,500 yen an hour just standing in Daiei at his part-time job.

52:I only graduated from junior high, but I didn’t have any trouble finding a job and I was earning 300,000 yen a month within three years (when I was around 20). It’s obvious things are different now.

62:Regular salarimen bought gold bars as an investment.

73:Finish work after ten→Use this for the taxi. And they’d hand you 10,000 yen.

79:I got a one million yen bonus during my first year at the company.

83:Once when I didn’t have toilet paper, I wiped my butt with two thousand-yen bills.

100:Suits with shoulder pads

106:The national government gave 100,000,000 yen to every municipality.

110:There was a company trying to make a moving, flying Gundam.

112:They said that the land in Tokyo was worth as much as all the land in America.

One square meter of land was worth over 100,000,000 million yen.

147:Women in those days said they had an allergy that made their skin itchy if they didn’t ride in an imported car.

154:The working hours weren’t much different from now, or they were longer, but you got paid for your work.
My father never came home until late at night, but his salary was amazing.
He says his bonus was 9.5 month’s salary.
The envelope his bonus came in (in those days they gave you cash) was so thick you could stand it on its end.

156:People, societies, and countries have ages.
The bubble was like a match-making party.
Now it’s the middle of the married years. Death is the only thing ahead.

173:My prof at university asked me, “Where do you want to work? Go can get hired anywhere.”

178: There was a time when school-girl prostitutes were in the public eye.

I feel like it was socially acceptable.

182:Everyone who went for interviews at a part-time job was given a 1,000 yen Quo-card (gift certificate)

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世 の中に無駄にエネルギーが満ちてた様な気がする

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金 が使いきれなかったな

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引き出し 開けたら300万くらい入ってた

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みんな飯食わせてもらった上 に、帰りはタクシーチケットもらえた。

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一 般庶民でそんな濡れ手に粟で大儲けした人なんてそれほど居ないよ
中 国はまだ燻ってたしアメリカも下り坂で21世紀は日本の時代になるとか言われてた

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と にかく努力すれば必ず報われるって言う空気が一番今と違うな
む しろ夢を追ってフリーターしてる方が努力してて格好良いとか思われちゃう空気

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一晩で何百万、下手すりゃ何千万って領収書 が経費で処理されてた

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今 思うと、バブルは楽しんだ者勝ちだった様な気がする。

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バ ブルで踊った中で弾けて首つって逝った人たちは結構な割合な気がするぜ。

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最 近の景気回復とやらと根本的に違うのは末端まで金が回った事だな

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女 の前髪が妙に薄い

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野末ちんぺいの税金党や、サラリーマン新党が票を集めて当 選してた。

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学生時代ダイエーで立ってるだけのバイトの時給が1500 円だったぞ
と おじさんが懐かしんでみる。

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中卒の俺が就職に困らずに3年目くらい (20歳くらい)で月に30万くらい貰ってた時代って言えば
そもそも中卒で建築や土木以外の職に簡単につけ たってのが驚き

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中国 さんにはもうちょいがんばって欲しいんだけどね・・・

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ド ラマとかの撮影で、衣装の靴下が使い捨てor持ち帰りだった。
10 時超えると普通にタクシー手配。

居 酒屋とかは外国人の店員ばかり。

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10時以降に仕事が終わる→これでタク シーで乗ってね。つ ン万円

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バブルの頃ってタクシーチケットじゃなくて 現金支給だったのかwww

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現 金だとお釣りが出てそれをあげるっていう事

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89 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまして VIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 10:14:55.43 ID:Dv0Rhw/l0
バ ブルがはじけったっていうけど、はじけたのは何年何月何日なんだよ。

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ブ ラックマンデーは1987年


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普 通の人はそんなに変わんなかったような。

日 付は詳しい人にw

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一ヶ 月ほど寝かせておきます



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98 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまして VIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 10:21:06.93 ID:9R43ISDqP

>1990年3月に大蔵省銀行局長土田正顕か ら通達された「土地関連融資の抑制について」
>信用崩壊のさなかにおい ても金融引き締めは続けられ、経済状況を極度に悪化させた。

> 最高値38,915円87銭を付けたのをピークに暴落に転じ、イラクのクウェート侵攻に伴う
>いわゆる湾岸戦争と原油高や公定歩合の急激な引き上 げが起こった後の

こ の二つだろうな

だがそこから失われた10年がやって くるわけだ。

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当時の東京都の土地代=アメリカ全土、とか言 われてたなあ

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交 差点を渡る為にタクシーを停めて、交差点を渡ったら一万円で支払いとか

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気 が付いたらロックフェラーセンターが日本人のものになってたな

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株 価のピーク、為替相場の介入受け入れ、アメリカ発の経済危機・・・

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当時ガキだったけど親父が銀行にそこそこ金 預けときゃ利息で一生暮らせるとかほざいてた覚えはある

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バ ブル全盛期は、素人投資家が参入し始めた時代

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マ イホームあきらめて、お金もてあました人多かったしね

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タクシーチケットに値段自由に書いてい いよって言う奴が沢山いたってじっちゃが言ってた

131 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまして VIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 10:45:28.31 ID:DoMuBkJJ0
そ ういう時代を一度でも経験してみたいなぁ
物心ついたころから不況だの高齢化だの日本はもう衰退の一途を辿ってると教えられてきたから夢も楽しみも あったもんじゃない

135 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06 /28(月) 10:47:20.62 ID:uSQ9sHU50
明る い時代の記憶はあるけどガキだからたいして美味しい思いは出来てないし

138 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 10:49:30.10 ID:M/ee+IG+i
親 は裕福だから、それなりにいい思いしてるだろ

140 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまし てVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 10:52:26.22 ID:+nGGgysc0
面 接官してると思うと頭にくる。

142 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまして VIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 10:53:56.39 ID:M/ee+IG+i
バ ブル全盛期は、今じゃ誰がこんなとこで、買い物するんだって
ウン千万と貯 金できたらしい、ただし殆どの人は投資に走って

147 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 10:59:19.74 ID:lmAhinNtP

150 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 11:02:49.92 ID:5H54I21t0
学生を 引き連れて飲みにつれてってくれたらしい

154 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06 /28(月) 11:06:17.07 ID:eURciYrT0
労働時間は今と変わらないか、もっと多かったけど働いた分 だけ金がもらえてたみたいだ
ボー ナスが入った袋(当時は現金手渡し)が立つくらい分厚かったのを覚えてる

156 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまし てVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 11:08:06.02 ID:DZVqMehx0
バ ブルの頃は国全体が合コンやってるような年齢。

157 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 11:09:26.19 ID:KV+MfrcA0

164 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 11:27:39.65 ID:Qjseo9qN0
このころまだ地方の小学校行ってたチビだったけど、とにかく、土地転がし で大もうけって感じがするんだよな

169 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまし てVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 11:37:04.57 ID:u9tINI0v0
土 地もクソ安く思えたな ほんととんでもない時代だった

172 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまして VIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 11:38:10.95 ID:hxjg/s170
就 職状況はまるで天国だったらしいな
有名企業にいる若 手の大学OBの社員が会社の経費で新人獲得しようと就活生を寿司屋で接待とか

こんなまるで冗談としか思えないようなことが実際にあったら しい

173 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06 /28(月) 11:40:49.03 ID:KV+MfrcA0
大 学の教授が「どこ就職したいの?どこでも入れるよ」って言ってた

176 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまして VIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 11:47:08.20 ID:KV+MfrcA0
バブル後にバブル時の高級マンションを半額 以下で買ったけど、

193 名前:以下、名無しにかわりまし てVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 12:01:44.26 ID:8KXBXn9y0
連 日連夜の忘年会

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203 名前:以下、名無しにかわりましてVIPがお送りします[]:2010/06/28(月) 12:11:24.26 ID:P+qHgmBgQ

Urawaza – Japanese Living Tips

An urawaza is a helpful hint or secret technique for doing something. I recently found this interesting site, the Urawaza/Ura Jyouhou Blog (in Japanese only) which has some uniquely Japanese ones.

How to stand stably on the train without a strap!

If you stand on a bus or train without the strap, most people spread their feet apart and do their best to keep their balance.

If possible, spread your feet with one forward and one back, but stand with the ball of your back foot pointed outwards and it’s extremely stable.

Also, if you relax and don’t lock your knees, it will act as a sort of cushion and the vibration won’t be a problem.

Also face the seat, and when you grab the strap or when the train starts, if you shift your weight forward, and when the train stops, shift it backward, it will support you.

Also, when the train curves to the right, shift your center of gravity to the right, and when it curves to the left, shift your weight to the left.

Here is the original post.

Eating sushi in the right order to make it taste better.

When you eat sushi, start with the light, simple ones, move onto the boiled stuff, then to thingswith strong flavors, and finally makizushi (sushi wrapped in seaweed). The reason is that if you eat fatty foods first, the fat will stay in your mouth, and your tongue will lose its sensitivity.

Start with white fish like tai (sea bream) and hirame (flounder), and eat stronger flavors like toro (tuna) and uni (sea urchin) later. Also, after eating food with strong flavors, take a pinch of gari (pickled ginger) and drink some tea to refresh your mouth so you can enjoy the sushi again.

Then, finish up with some refreshing makizushi.

Sushi is essentially a casual food.

There are no formal rules for eating it. Of course, everyone has his own order for eating sushi, and you should eat what you want to eat first.

If you want to try various kinds of sushi, eat one piece, then eat a piece of giner, and your mouth will be refreshed and you can check out the various flavors one by one.
Here is the original post.

Saving Money at the Post Office

The post office has a lot of services for keeping prices down. Why not make use of them?

You can send an “eco-hagaki” (Eco-friendly postcard) for 45 yen.
Regular postcards cost 50 yen, but eco-hagaki, where one-third of the address side contains an advertisement, can be bought for 45 yen. If you’re using them to enter contests or that sort of thing, it has enough space.

A mini-letter (aerogram) will save you 20 yen compared with one in an envelope.
Fold the letter in two, and glue it. You can post it for 60 yen. Each one saves you 20 yen.

You can exchange ruined postcards for just 5 yen.
If you make a mistake when writing a postcard, take it to the post office, and you can exchange it for a new one for five yen each.

Buy stamps cheaply at kinken shops (ticket shops).
If you want to buy stamps, buy them at kinken shops. They sell them in sheets, but you can buy them for five-percent less than at the post office.

Send packages of under 30 kg for a flat rate of 500 yen!
If the weight is less than 30 kg, and it fits in a special envelope (248x340mm) you can send it anywhere in Japan for 500 yen. It’s often less expensive than a courier.

Get a 50-yen discount on a yuu-pakku if the address on the label is the same.
If you send packages to the same person several times a year, you can get a 50-yen discount on yuu-pakku with the same address. Be sure to get address labels in advance!

Here is the original post.

How to wake your legs up as fast as possible after they have become numb from sitting Japanese style

On the way to standing up after sitting Japanese-style, first, just put your weight on your toes and sit on your heels. Stay in that position for a while. It helps get rid of the needles and pins.

My former tea-ceremony teacher taught me that standing up quickly can lead to injury. You can prevent numbness by waiting a while before standing.

Here is the original post.

How to increase  your chance of getting a Shinkansen seat when you don’t have a reservation

When you save money by buying a non-reserved seat on the Shinkansen, you don’t know if you can get a seat or not. Everyone worries about that, don’t they?

When that happens, try this method.

On the shinkansen, basically, odd numbered cars have toilets and sinks, so even-numbered cars have more seats than odd-numbered ones.

Also, passengers tend to want to get off the train at exits near the stairs.

Therefore, you can get on the train fast at exits far from the stairs.

Based on these two ideas, passengers who get on even-numbered cars that are far from the stairs have a higher chance of getting seats, right?

On top of that, unreserved seats tend to be in cars one to three, but there are sometimes unreserved seats in the back.

In that case, there is a higher chance that the seats in the cars at the back will be empty, so be sure to check the information board. It’s a matter of chance, so you aren’t guaranteed a seat, but it’s worth a try!

Here is the original post.

How to tell if someone is still talking on the phone after you get a busy signal.

When the line is busy, you can get an audio message when they get off the line. That way, you can call your friend without missing the timing.

It’s not a secret technique; it’s a free NTT service.

With this service, when the line is busy, if you dial 159 within one minute and push 1, the number will be registered. When the call is finished, the user will be contacted, and a voice message will let you know that the call is over. One does not need to apply for the service in advance.

After you have heard the message, if you hang up, dial 159, and then 3, you will be able to call the person.

When the number is on INS Net, a toll-free number, a cell-phone, or a PHS, it is not possible to register it.
There are times when it cannot be used when large numbers of people are calling, such as for ticket reservations, etc.

Here is the original post.

Odd Japanese Blogs – The Telekinesis Blog

Today’s blog is the last of the himajin blogs that I’m writing about this week. It’s called the Nenriki Blog (Telekinesis Blog). According to the blogger’s subtitle, “I created the Nenriki Blog as an experiment in updating blogs by telekinesis. Each day, I try to do an update by typing on the keyboard using telekinesis. I am still learning the discipline, so it may not go  smoothly at first, but please bear with me.

A typical post:

It says:
*Day 146:

*Sadly, the blogger seems to have given up on his noble experiment.

The other himajin blogs I found are here.

Odd Japanese Blogs – The Pedestrian Overpass Blog

Today’s blog is the third of five himajin blogs that I’m writing about this week. It’s called the Nagoya Hodoukyou Dagaya! (The Nagoya Pedestrian Overpass Blog).

Here’s a typical post:

Jingumae Koen Park Pedestrian Overpass

Hataya 1-chome, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya

Top of the overpass

West side viewed from the overpass. Atsuta Baseball Field is in the background.

West side


Sign showing the overpass’s age


There is one set of stairs on each side of the overpass. There is no flat area for bicycles on the stairs. It is the closest overpass to Atsuta Koen Park and the Atsuta Baseball Field. If you look from the park, the overpass is to the east. There are a lot of temples around it.

Amount of traffic under overpass:  ★★★☆☆
Amound of pedestrian traffic: ★★★☆☆
Necessity: ★★☆☆☆
Uniqueness: ★☆☆☆☆
Age: From Sept. 69

So far, we’ve seen the Tokyo Stairs Database, the Vending Machine Report and the QR Code Blog. Tomorrow is the Telekinesis Blog!

Odd Japanese Blogs – The QR Code Blog

Today’s blog is the third of five himajin blogs that I’m writing about this week. It’s called the QR Code Blog. In case you don’t know, QR codes are those black and white data squares that you often see on advertisements in Japan. You scan them with your cell phone and they will take you to a homepage with more information.
Anyway, this blogger is a real QR code zealot, so much so, in fact, that he’s decided to turn all of the text in his posts into QR codes that can only be read with a cell-phone.

A typical post:

I scanned it with this online QR Code reader and translated it into English:
“I found this QR Code on an exit guide in the Tokyo subway. It helps to get rid of worries about the great numbers of exits in subway stations in the Tokyo area. Each exit has a different QR Code, and if you access it with your mobile phone, you can get a map of the local area of information about shops.”

So far, we’ve seen the Tokyo Stairs Database and the Vending Machine Report. Tomorrow is the Pedestrian Overpass Blog and Friday is the Telekinesis Blog.

Odd Japanese Blogs – The Vending Machine Report

Yesterday, I posted about the Tokyo Kaidan DB (Tokyo Stairs Database), a meticulous cataloging of stairs in Tokyo. Today’s blog is the second of five himajin (someone with too much time on his hands) blogs that I’m writing about this week. It’s called:  “I take photos of a vending machine (almost) every day. Sorry.” The blog has been going since May, 2005, and has over a thousand posts.
An average day is just: “No change” like this:

Every couple of weeks, though, there’s a big excitement in the blog when there is a product change:

The blogger details all the product changes as follows:

If you’re wondering what in the world inspired something like this, it’s explained in the blogger’s profile:

Most-hated phrase: “Keizoku wa chikara nari (Keeping at something makes you stronger.)”
Favorite vending machine: It would be scary if I had one
Short note: I update this blog with a photo of the same vending machine every day (it was replaced on Aug. 8, 2009). I was planning to write every day, but sometimes I take a break. I’m not interested in vending machines and canned drinks.

I don’t like things that take a lot of work, so I tried to think of some kind of content that wouldn’t require any willpower and that I could finish in five minutes a day. That’s how I started doing this. When there are changes, it takes a lot of work, which makes me angry.

It’s like techno where a groove is created when similar things repeat while changing slightly. Sorry, for getting off topic.

I don’t like the saying, “Keeping at something makes you stronger.” I don’t think there are many phrases that are more insulting. Please use it for people who are so stupid you can’t think of anything else to compliment them on.

Odd Japanese Blogs – The Tokyo Stairs Database

The Japanese word “himajin” means “someone with too much time on his hands.” A few weeks ago I came across a blog called “Tokyo Kaidan DB” (Tokyo Stairs Database), and curious to see if there were other odd blogs cataloging really mundane things, I came across some of the most time-wasting blogs you can imagine.
I guess the fact that I started looking for these blogs makes me just as much of a himajin as the authors are, though.
Putting them all in one post would make it a little long, so I’m going to do one of them each day this week.
Here’s a sample from the stairs blog:

No. 0357
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Otsuka, 5-1-16
Shape: Straight
Steps: 39 (Lower: 9, Middle: 20, Upper: 10)
Photo 2007.3.13
There are a lot of staircases on the west slope of Kasuga-dori St. in Otsuka 5-chome, but this is the southernmost. It’s close to Shinobazu-dori St.
There is no landing between the upper and middle sections. The middle section is narrow, but the upper section is wide because the buildings have been reconstructed. The narrow path expands to a width of 4m.
Several years ago (Apr. 2006-Mar. 2007), the stairway was reconstructed, with the concrete blocks being paved and repairs made.
Also, before, there were eight stairs in the lower section, but now, after the repairs, there are nine.

Stay tuned for the Vending Machine Report, the QR Code Blog, the Pedestrian Overpass Blog, and my personal fave, the Telekinesis Blog.
By the way, I got a comment that I think is too good to be relegated to the comments:
AdelaideBen Says:
Now that’s what I call otaku… seriously… is there really a community of stairs-spotters out there?“Ooooh look… a 45 stepper, leaning slightly to the left, galvanised hand-rail, clean 90 degree angle on the step, 1973 vintage for sure … now, you don’t see one of those every day of the week… that’s one for the connoisseurs….”
(no offence meant to any stairs-nut out there)

I’m also very glad that I didn’t make it on your list… and that my life has more meaning because of it.


Graffiti House on the “Tokyo Deep” blog

The Tokyo Deep Guide (Tokyo Deep Annai) is a Japanese blog whose mission is to introduce a side of Tokyo that you don’t read about in the tourist brochures. The blogger, Masayoshi Osaka, is an urban explorer who takes you to Korea Towns around Tokyo, goes on a stroll through the neighborhood where the Soka Gakkai headquarters is located,  visits Nakano Broadway or researches the backgrounds of various posters that are commonly seen around Tokyo.
The post that really caught my attention, though, was this report on a “graffiti house” in Ota Ward.
It’s called a “denpa jutaku” (literally ‘electric wave house’) in Japanese, and the blogger writes that “The term is used when the house’s owner  becomes captured by some obsession or compulsive idea and starts hanging a lot of notices covered with writing on the outer walls and area around his house, painting it in gaudy colors, or putting up multiple decorations threatening the neighbors, causing the house to look crazy.”
All photos courtesy of Tokyo Deep Annai.

He says, “It’s bizarre to look at. It’s covered in graffiti, and is covered in signs that look as if they’re to put up against some hateful activity, or are like a talisman.”

On the side of the house, there’s a message about “bakunage shonen,” which isn’t proper Japanese, but translates literally as “Bomb-throwing boys,” claiming that that their arson activities have been uncovered.

The owner seems deeply terrified of rock throwing children. The Japanese is rather incoherent, and rambles on about calling the police.

Apparently, the house still has graffiti on it, but has been toned down a little recently.

There is also an Osaka Deep Guide and a Japan Deep Guide.