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What's it gonna be like during the Olympics?

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 2:48 pm    Post subject: What's it gonna be like during the Olympics? Reply with quote

This is insane!! Is this a common daily occurance???

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a girl from japan told me it's really bad there, too

she says they have SO many people
they don't take much care for general safety

the alleyways are so narrow
that if yer walking down one
and a car happens to want to come by
people often get "mushed" along the sides of buildings
and everyone just figures "THAT'S TOO BAD"
and they never do anything about changing it
IN FACT, THAT NEVER EVEN CROSSES THEIR MINDS!

she also said something about waterparks where jets of water drown people
because, sometimes, kids get spun down to the bottom
and they take no consideration for changing that much
etc
etc

i've never been there
but her impression was that they just don't worry about safety that much
because they are dealing with such huge masses of humanity all the time
so they just factor in the occassional sacrificed individual
as the cost of doing volume business Mad Confused

she was a second generation japanese girl who had been raised in america
but had to go back and go to school there
for a year, or something, in the mid-late eighties,
and the whole experience that kids, there, accept as normal,
was a total nightmare to her
so her point of view was admittedly prejudiced

(for one thing...
they actually still have some sort of discipline in the schools
apparently
and she was in no way used to that Laughing
THAT was totally alien to her) Laughing

so i took her descriptions (of japan as a nightmare society)
with a grain of salt

but, in general, I definately got the impression that a LOT of things
about a society THAT crowded
would seem totally insane to a westerner
so
in answer to yer question
i would say
probably yes
that's probably what those people are totally used to
as an every day occurance

to a westerner it looks like assault
but to them...
THEY NEED TO GET TO WORK...
BEING LATE IS UTTERLY UNACCEPTABLE...
THAT'S THE LAST, OR ONLY TRAIN THAT'S GONNA GET THEM THERE ON TIME...
AND THEY ARE PROBABLY VERY APPRECIATIVE
FOR THE NICE, STRONG, YOUNG GOONS BEING SO CONSIDERATE
AS TO HELP CRAM THEM INTO THE CARS
Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another friend of mine was telling me about some differences between the western mind
and the japanese
(and the chinese are probably much the same way):

he said when you go to a "buisnessman's hotel"
it's this little POD you rent
it's like a row of horizontal lockers...
you rent yer pod
and you climb up into it like a worm
and you have to lay down in there
and you have a little tv that folds down from the ceiling
with head phones
and if you have to go to the bathroom, you crawl out and go into some seperate bathroom, in the hall

he said sometimes, just to be jerky assholes, the gangsters
-(ONE PUNK GANGSTER ON A BIKE!)-
will stop in the middle of a multi-lane freeway
get off his bike
face the lanes of oncoming traffic
wave his arms
and EVERY SINGLE CAR WILL STOP! Shocked
and he does this just because he knows it will work
and he thinks he's being hilarious Confused Rolling Eyes Razz

in america, you would be run down like a dog
and no-one would even look back
(as is meet) Laughing

but there
it's like: "well, the imposing, authoritarian-seeming, tuff-looking man
TOLD us to stop
so...
we stop"
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