It`s time for another captivating installment of our continuing series. We switch our attention to practices less commonly discussed in the journalling done on the plane ride home, however, that doesn`t mean it isn`t exciting.
Today`s riveting cultural tidbit?
“You know you`re in Japan when you stare at construction workers.” Perhaps openly goggle might be a better description.
The reasons are obvious. Just like women in the US who walk by a crowded construction site to find themselves the center of attention, these guys too are tired of the catcalls, stares, and overt gestures of affection. But women like me continue anyway in appreciation. So let`s continue.
Obviously, there are few pictures on this subject. TokyoBling introduced me to the value of a “Widowmaker”- a very long lens with a high resolution- of which I do not own. The subjects of this post did not readily agree to having their photos taken therefore I had to jump out, Ninja like, in order to provide you with the important evidence to my claims. This was further complicated by the mandatory enabled shutter noise on the IPhone in Japan alerting all potential stalkees of your intent. (More on that later)
These guys are style makers thus drawing attention to themselves. Wearing a particular pant called “whisker pants,” these wide legged issues swish the sides of the buildings to which they are attached letting them know that they are in fact still attached. Like a cat`s whiskers,the pants alert them to their position relative to the building. When the pants lose contact to the building they are in danger of falling.
Taken from my hidden perch safely inside the Tokyo American Club Gym, these fellows started every morning at 8:00 AM sharp.
Taking a look around the gym, and then letting the eyes wander down to the guys as they moved in to some Tai Chi….
had me debating the merits of the gym workout. The guys
admired spied upon seen from my hidden look out were definitely better at yoga than anyone I could see in my immediate vicinity. No matter how hard I stared, I never managed to burn their shirts off with my blistering stare.
Just another reason to visit Japan.