Am I tired?
You should see the pic in colour. When it popped up on the screen I had an "Oh Jeeze " moment.
B&W is bad enough I think you'll agree.
Back to smoking in Japan.
It seems that it's not as accepted as it thought. Sure you can smoke in Wendy's and any coffee shop you care too, but not apparently on the street.
I first came across the sign below in a smoking room in Osaka airport a couple of years ago.
I saw it again yesterday.
Hard to read from this picture, but have a look.
Odd.Buildings like the one below are scattered all over Japan.
They're "Love Hotels"
No not places where desperate salary men meet up with hookers (maybe that happens too), but neutral ground for couples to get amorous.
Property prices being what they are in Japan, many people live with their parents well into their 30's. These places provide a private spot for a "liaison" for everyday folks still leaching off mom and dad.
Having your cake and eating it Finally a bit of Japanese Jazz courtesy of the bar on the 70th floor of the Royal Yokohama Park Hotel.Quite cool to come across a trio of 60 something Japanese hipsters.
To my untutored ear they were pretty good.
Before the Jazz I had sushi with my Japanese team.
I'm back in Hong Kong for a couple of days and then off to Beijing on Tuesday.
I'm going to start the "Big Mac Meal" economic index again in these times of economic meltdown...quite appropriate don't you think?
Tokyo: 650 Yen- $6.84
Over and out.