Since I`ve been the unblogger for the last several weeks, let me remind you where we left off. The series, “You Know You`re in Japan when…..” I haven`t forgotten or run out of fodder. More on that later.
Without further adieu let`s get to it.
Many of you may recall a few Olympics being hosted by Japan. The downhill mogul course in Nagano taught me the value of reading- and understanding- the course map. Attaching the snowboard to my butt and bouncing down left me with a permanent fear of moguls and a better understanding of just how long an Olympic Course has to be.
Some of you may know that Japan is pursuing the Olympics for a three peat in 2020.
What you may not know is that Japan has also petitioned the Olympic Committee for the addition of a new sport. Something that Japanese people have mastered practicing over thousands of years. Tokyo government officials are already planning the victory parade through Ginza in celebration of a gold, silver and bronze.
In what? Anyone having visited Tokyo or having had the misfortune of sitting next to a Japanese man on a 14 hour flight will recognize immediately the champions of this proposed sport.
A previously unheard of sport-Napping.
“You know you`re in Japan when napping is an Olympic Sport.”
But what makes a champion napper? Several key elements for judging are currently being batted around.
One key – but basic- skill is demonstrated by these contenders. The ability to nap without a surface on which to rest their head. The foreigner makes a good show, however, has been disqualified for using the window.
The girl below also loses points for resting her head, however, her open mouth indicates an ability to obtain REM. This off sets points for using a resting surface.
The gentleman in the trench coat demonstrates a technique criticized when employed on airplanes. The ability to freeze one`s head in an upright position until an internal gong seemingly wakes them at some pre-planned exact moment. People who`ve endured the 12-14 hour flight to Japan usually don`t complain about the length of the flight. The most common complaint is about the Japanese men seated on the aisle who once in this position don`t move again until the plane pulls in to the jetway. Also problematic for airport staff as it causes all those seated in an aisle or middle to stampede the bathrooms upon arrival. No one wants to wait in line once there so much elbowing and biting occurs along the way.
Napping while half standing as your parents and siblings load up the stroller outside proves this kid is a force with which to be reckoned. Although he is utilizing a resting surface, he has learned the art previously seen only with horses- an ability to lock the knees thus preventing a fall while sleeping.
I was unable to master the sport of napping for fear that my purse would be stolen or that I would miss my stop. These are not considerations for champions.
I look forward to hearing of the winners in this category but I don`t want to watch it.