Monday, October 25, 2004

Quakes and dogs

You may or may not have heard, but there was a series of big earthquakes in
Niigata prefecture on Saturday, which caused a lot of damage, as well as a
handful of deaths. Luckily we didn't really feel anything in Fukui - it was
only when I got home and turned on the news that I found out that it had
happened. A shinkansen train (bullet train) was derailed at 200kph, but
miraculously no one was hurt. The train tracks have seismographs at 20 km
intervals which detect if there is an earthquake and automatically shut off
the electricity, but the train was travelling over the epicentre of the
quake at the time, so the power couldn't be shut off quickly enough. What
most interested me though, was the fact that this is the first time a
shinkansen train has been derailed. Ever. And the trains have been running
since 1964. What the hell would Japanese people think of British trains, or
"cages of death" as they're otherwise known?

Anyway, apart from the earthquake drama, it's been a pretty funky weekend. I
did karaoke on Friday, and treated my fellow JETs to a rendition of "That's
what I go to school for" by Busted, complete with well-timed leaps in the
"rocking out" style. I never realised quite how filthy the lyrics to that
song are. And strangely appropriate considering the levels of behind doors
shagging done by the JET community and Japanese teachers.

I also played on probably my favourite Japanese arcade game so far - I've
attached a picture below. Yes, that's right, you have to walk a dog. Genius.

The idea is that you have to keep your dog happy by walking as fast as you
can on a conveyer belt - the faster you walk, the happier the dog is. As
you're strolling down the street with your virtual dog you have to use the
lead to steer him/her towards potential points of interest, such as bits of
food or flowers. Unfortunately, it didn't simulate your dog trying to shag
the legs of passers-by, or shit in the middle of the high street, but I'm
sure that's something they'll keep in mind for the sequel.

Unfortunately my dog was a little unhappy with me - although I let him chase
after a cat, I got him run over three times. Anyway who says I deliberately
tried to steer him under that truck is lying.

Anyway, I have to go and teach some English grammar, sayoonara!


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