Neurotic Post and Random Animal Pelts: Monday 17th October

In order for my visa to be correctly processed, I was required to send some signed forms to the Tokyo office as soon as possible. To this end I caught a bus to my nearest Post Office (a mere 12km away), and asked to have the papers sent by special delivery. Things were all going smoothly, and when I asked if the documents would arrive in Tokyo by tomorrow morning I was told, by the very helpful member lady that was serving me that, ‘Yes they will arrive tomorrow, unless… Unless there is a problem caused by the weather, and then they might not arrive until the day after tomorrow at best. But there’s a very small chance that will actually happen, I’m just informing you so as to let you know.’ I decided that it would probably be best not to tell her that the worst thing you can do to a neurotic is inform them of any possible dilemma, no matter how small. Still, it’s not as if I had anything better to do then sit around all day constantly monitoring the local weather conditions, wondering how a 5mph increase in general wind speed would correlate to the capability of the local postman.

The perfect gift for any animal activist.

Bizarrely, whilst there isn’t a convenience store or supermarket for a good 10km or so, there is a souvenir shop a mere 5 minutes walk (up a main road with no apparent footpath) away. And as it is getting near the end of my homestay I decided to go and have a look to see what I might find to take back to Tokyo as souvenirs. There was the usual assembly of tat and Hello Kitty products, as well as the ubiquitous ¥10000 watermelons, but nothing that really caught the eye. I was just about to leave the shop when I noticed that for only ¥18500 (~£150), I too could be the proud owner of a random animal pelt. I’m not entirely sure how the airport would feel about me transporting said cargo in my hand luggage, but I suppose that I could always post it to myself, depending on the weather of course…


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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