In Cahoots with McDonalds and Commercial Whoring: Tuesday 25th October

Why on earth do most of the shops in Tokyo not open until 10:00? Of equal pertinence, why on earth have I still not realised this after well over a year of living here? The inconvenience that this has caused me on the three occasions that I have actually been in central Tokyo before the allotted opening hours has been infuriating, and I am convinced that the shopkeepers are in cahoots with McDonalds. Some kind of scam where the shops stay closed until 10, and everyone that has forgotten about this factoid is forced to sit in one of their establishments drinking diluted coke zero until opening time. A scam, I am ashamed to say, that I fall for every time.

Getting into the spirit of the preparations.

Halloween seems to be everywhere at the moment, and I am convinced that it is a result of a prolonged period of commercial whoring, rather than a desire to rid the suburbs of any malevolent spirits. I’ve never really got Halloween, but as an event it seems tailor-made for Japanese people, what with their love of things that are both cute and incredibly scary at the same time, and I fully expect to see some truly ‘faith in humanity’ destroying outfits over the next few days.



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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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2 Responses to In Cahoots with McDonalds and Commercial Whoring: Tuesday 25th October

  1. Rabbit says:

    I, for one, look forward to the many “sexy witch” costumes we will see over the coming week.

  2. Haikugirl says:

    Halloween in Japan is brilliant. I worked in a language school where all the kids came dressed up for the entire week, and we had to wear costumes for the whole week too! In the evenings we even dressed up the adult students! (^_^)v

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