Anywho, that leads me to driving in Japan in general. It is against the law to drive with ANY blood alcohol content. That means having half a beer means you can’t drive yourself home. It’s really annoying at all these evening meetings where most people have a glass of wine then walk home to the housing area to personally be limited to coffee consumption. But I can completely see why; see above paragraph on kids darting into the street! Apply this also to scooters, motorcycles and bikes, which don’t follow the same traffic laws that cars do exactly, as in, they weave and dart and take physically impossible shortcuts. This needs to be countered, however, with the speed limit.
The final paragraph in this half-brained post will conclude with furniture. At a resale store today I saw this big, pretty, painted, oriental thing in the furniture section and asked what it was. “We aren’t sure,” the sales lady said. “I was thinking it might be a stand for a big mirror. One of the other volunteers saw it and said it’s a Tibetan antique.” It looks just like all the Tibetan antiques sold at the bazaars we’ve been to, which are always upwards of $200, so I bought it (for $10) and decided I’d figure out what it was later. Except now I can’t get it out of the car. Any ideas? I’m taking suggestions on what it is AND how to extract it. (the above right photo is a detail of the paint job. The photo below is self-explanatory)