Friday Jan 04, 2008

A Calorie By Any Other Name

I'm working from Sun's Japan office this week.

In Japan when they put the calorie count on the back of a package of food, they usually call it "energy". My egg salad sandwich just now had 136 kcals of Energy. (Those of you who know me know that I had two of them. Ok, three.)

I think this is an example of a healthy relationship with food and what it can do for our bodies. I wonder if there's a connection between calories being expressed in terms of "energy" and the fact that Japan is one of the leanest nations in the world. Probably.

Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

ゆう遊空間

I'm supposed to be working from Sun's Yoga office in Japan this week but instead I'm working from a random internet cafe called Yu Yu Ku Kan.
internet cafe
This place is expensive - about $4/hour - but the drinks are "free". Also you get your own small cubicle with either a floor mat or a massage chair, your choice and again both options are "free". internet cafe

Surprisingly, about half the people here aren't using the computers at all. They're sitting by themselves in their cubicles, reading books and sipping the "free" tea. Why they would come here instead of going to a regular coffee shop is a mystery to me.

So why am I not working from the Yoga office as originally planned? The office has this alarm system and you're supposed to call a day ahead of time to disarm it if you're going in outside of regular business hours. I didn't get around to calling until this morning and I was originally planning to take my chances with disarming the system less than a day ahead of time until I realized I was using one of the admins' user code and I didn't want her to get in trouble if I got arrested for breaking and entering. (After being in Japan for just a few days I'm already reverting to behaviors I learned when I lived here - I wasn't worried about being arrested, I was worried about someone being embarrassed by my arrest.)

So instead of going in to the office, I decided to go out and find an internet cafe. I used a very complicated algorithm to find one - I got on the train and waited for a stop where lots of people got off. I figured wherever lots of people are getting off the train, there must be an internet cafe open. And voila, the station where I got off did have an open Internet cafe - Yu Yu Ku Kan. And just writing this blog has cost me about $2. Oh well, my blog needed some serious lovin' lately so this is worth it.

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