The random prices of Japanese commodities continue to astound me, today’s case study being the cost of batteries at the Lawson ¥100 (actually ¥105 with tax) shop. Why is it that 4 ‘Own Brand’ batteries cost exactly the same as 6 Mitsubishi batteries? If it was the other way round then I could just about understand, but as it is I am completely flummoxed. Was there a recent alkali leak at the Mitsubishi factory, thereby affecting confidence in the Japanese marketplace; or could it be that the Lawson batteries were posing such a threat in terms of consumer sales that Mitsubishi purposefully undercut themselves, operating at a loss in order to claw back some of the market? Whatever the case, the only question which is more baffling is who on Earth would choose not to buy the Mitsubishi batteries, Lawson employees and people with a phobia of sextuplets not withstanding.
Trawling through a ‘What’s on in Tokyo this week’ online guide I came across a free gig in Roppongi entitled ‘Morgan’s Organs’, hosted by Morgan Fisher (the keyboardist for 1970s glam rock outfit ‘Mott the Hoople’), and decided that it was worth investigating; the price alone being enough to merit a trip. What followed was three hours of improvised music, accompanied by a backdrop of Morgan’s photography and 8mm home video, all of which combined for a truly captivating experience. After the show I got chatting to Morgan for a while, and he turned out to be a well grounded and thoroughly nice chap, and an absolute pleasure to talk to; he hosts one of these gigs every month, and I will most certainly be returning.