Today I decided to be adventurous, and to give Japanese local radio a bit of a listen. Enticed by the tag line ‘Easy story on dreadful disease’, I decided that FM West Tokyo was the station for me, and tuned in to hear what the scoop was. The words ‘hints’ and ‘advice’ kept popping up over and over again, but the only piece of information that I actually ‘understood’ was some old guy telling me ‘not to read any European newspapers’. Now that was either a really good piece of advice, or a horrific translation on my behalf. I’m inclined towards the later.
My current pet peeve is Japanese people and their bikes, specifically the way in which they insist on riding them on the pavements. For some unknown reason this is perfectly legal over here, providing that you are not using a mobile phone or carrying an umbrella. I am glad that at least this law exists; as If I were to see someone riding a bike and carrying an umbrella I believe that I would spontaneously combust, showering any passer-by in a stream of vitriol and rage. Recently things have come to a head, and I have been forced into carrying out a silent yet effective protest: if I see a cycle lane, I walk in it.