Monday, March 30, 2009
Working in Japan can be a real bitch sometimes. The long hours and the fucking `politeness system` is enough to dive a man crazy. Well, don`t go jumping in front of a train yet. I have the cure for all your stress relief needs. Beer! That`s right friends when the Japanese are about to drive you right in front of a train with all this, `Please do the job you were hired to do with a cherry on top crap,` just grab a few brews from the local quick stop. In no time at all you will not give a damn about much of anything except that cute gal staring at you from across the street.
Many people wonder how the Japanese are able to deal with having to be nice to even the laziest good for nothing S.O.B. Well, I will let you in on the secret; they know that all the beer they can drink is waiting for them as soon as they leave the office. You can drink yourself stupid just about any place you choose. Do you want to stand on the street corner and get shit-faced while watching all the cute skirt walk by? No problem in Japan! Do you want to stay at a bar all damn night trying to forget about the asshole you had to put the screws to at work? Hell, in Japan we will even give you a point card so you can earn free beer!
It seems in Japan drinking is much a part of life as working long hours and getting some young cute gal to call you papa-san. Where I was born and raised, public drunkenness would get you a night in the local lock-up. In Japan, the cops usually just roll their eyes and laugh at your drunk ass. So, if you have ever wondered why the Japanese are so liberal when it comes to drinking; now you know the truth. Being nice all the time will drive you crazy unless you drink like a fish on a regular basis.
What is most shocking of all is it is rare to see someone not show up for work due to a nasty hangover. They might struggle during the first few hours but they are usually not late. I have seen some of the J-staff in my company show up for work totally hungover; yet they are actually early for work. When it is time to start the day`s business they are locked and loaded. It takes more than an all night bender to break us hard working Tokyo types.