Tomorrow is a national holiday for the Emperor's birthday. In a bizarre coincidence it also Festivus tomorrow and I am sure this is the real reason for the day off, but no one wanted to tell the Emperor.
It's strange to be at work. No tinsel, no parties, no acknowledgment at all that Christmas is only 3 days away. I mean, I get it, it's not celebrated here, but sometimes I'm lucky to even get a greeting when I arrive in the morning. Usually, at best, when I greet certain members of staff, they just laugh. I still can't work that one out. All my other friends working in Japan have been quite overwhelmed by the hospitality of their workmates, both Japanese and foreign. I appear to have picked the dud company.
So, I have the next four days off. Jim-Bob and Mary-Lou are home in Oz for a couple of weeks so I am, er, looking after their house, which now looks like a demolition site after being there for only 6 days. (I can write this as I know they don't read my blog.) Over summer, I worked my way through their DVD collection of the box sets of Seinfeld and, oddly enough, The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family, amongst others. I believe I am taking delivery of 'Six Feet Under' this week so I am sorted for the long weekend.
I've also decided to take Boxing Day (Monday) off work. The sleep in will be great, but it means that I will be away from a computer for an unprecedented four days! This will totally suck. So, if you want to send me a cheery Christmas email, please send it to my phone:
tinygibbon AT ezweb dot ne dot jp
(Cue violins) Remember, I'm in a foreign country with no family or friends around, so c'mon, send me a little lovin' ...hm?