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.
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.