Whether it’s stocking up for Christmas/New Year, or snagging a bargain afterwards, there’s one thing that truly unites the world over winter, and that’s shopping. But for a good number of those involved, there’s one thing they really don’t want to be doing on a day off, and that’s also shopping.
I think it depends on where one is shopping and what they are shopping for. I dislike going to the grocery store but I’m happy to spend hours in a gun shop or a tailor’s.
Your photo is a good example of the negative shopping experience lol.
Yes, that’s very true. Drop me in a book, camera or electronics shop and I’m quite happy. Anywhere else, and I feel quite the opposite!
jeez… life seems such a struggle. no wonder they have sushi and hot springs.
And booze. Lots of booze.
An Expat says
Reminds me a bit of a cover/illustration from the ãƒŠãƒ‹ãƒ¯é‡‘å…¥é“manga series
Ah, was unaware of that (as I am of most manga to be honest), but a quick search made for some interesting images. Thanks! And I see what you mean, definitely some similarities.
Hans ter Horst says
There is misery, yes, but what I see mostly in the faces is the expressionless, botox faces I see everywhere in the big cities in Japan. Everybody always appears to so terribly unhappy; I had started to take it personally, but now I see you encounter the same faces 🙂
(Last year I visited Chicihbu, a very rural city in Saitama Prefecture and all of a sudden people were smiling and chatting to me, wonderful experience!)
Hans ter Horst says
That’s ‘Chichibu’ of course, sorry about the typo.
Yeah, it’s a very common sight, isn’t it? I can totally understand it on busy trains with people heading for another long day at work, but it’s often not that dissimilar at weekends. Hopefully it’s just a front, and deep down they are as happy as those people who live in the country’s less populated areas. It’s not like Tokyo doesn’t have its distractions â€“ far from it.