In other news the folks over at Kineda Blog have posted some interesting news about a new train simulation which allows for horny business men to go take a ride on the train an allow for "legal" groping of the women passengers. http://www.kineda.com/?p=817
"The record number of women groped on Tokyo’s trains continues to rise. As the suburban trains are usually crowded, bringing the workers to large cities and back to their suburban homes, close physical contact is unavoidable. Many men use this to their advantage, pressing onto women and groping them. The groping problem is so extreme that Tokyo started a campaign of women-only carriages."
The answer to this is stunning rise of perversion is to create "Train Cafe." A train simulation/cafe where people can go to be groped; what? Does this at all sound like something only the Japanese could come up with to you? One distraught citizen was quoted as saying, "This sounds like another poor excuse to make prostitution legal," while another citizen chimed in, "Sounds like it to me. What normal girl would stop by a place like this after work just to be groped!?"
"Chikan chuui" Beware of Perverts (funny T-shirt from J-List.com)
The private train which is an attraction at Tokyo's Ikebukuro station cost 5,000 yen ($45 American) for a 20 minute ride with all you can grope buffet. The business guarantees that it is not prostitution, but rather a place to go for singles to flirt and meet. And also, apparently, a way to sponsor the continued rise of perverts in Japan.
Japan always seems to have two faces. Just like the Japanese language 日本語 (nihon-go), which uses tatemae 建て前 (hidden/implied meaning) and hone 本音 (real/straight forward meaning), Japanese society also seems to practice this type of two faced mannerisms also. I always find it interesting, because Japan overall is a wonderful country full of intelligent people. This time of year marks the beginning of the Hanami season (typically around late March), otherwise known as flower festivals. All the sakura 桜 (cherry blossoms) bloom and quickly fade away. People picnic and entire companies have after work luncheons in the park. It's a wonderful time to celebrate the coming of spring. This is one of my favorite aspects of Japan, the festival.
Japanese have festivities for many different events, and each are a unique celebration of Japan and its heritage. My most memorable times in Japan all center around festival events. The entire country breaks into celebration, and everyone's bottled up frustration is released as they go all out in these wonderful times of celebration. My favorite festivals included the Hanami matsuri 花見祭り (flower festival), the Jokaku-matsuri 城郭祭り (or Castle festival), and the Hanabi matsuri 花火祭り (fireworks festival). All these festivals involve wonderful and traditional events, including food and social gatherings with games, which everyone gets together and enjoys the splendid historical celebration of Japanese culture and customs. It's a wonderful and time honored way to experience Japanese culture.
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