Sunday, June 05, 2005

toukasan festival

Toukasan festival, unfortunately I am largely missing out on... I'll blame the new work situation for putting me on a long shift Saturday night. Though I did catch a few friends at a house-warming party still wearing their yukata (summer kimono).

I'll be donning a rather expensive new pair of rock shoes instead. Expensive by my standards, though they are cheapest pair in the shop! Of course even my little foot is too big for a Japanese shop to stock, they came after I ordered them in my guessed size. Tonight at the unsung saviour of climber's sanity (aka the Green Arena) we'll be hangin' tough in the bouldering cave.

Other than that, new outfits I often slip into now-a-days are my business suits that are quickly becoming saturated in sweat. Not quite the emporer's new clothes that I had in mind. I asked my students at work yesterday if they mind if I turn the climate control down to 21 degrees (celcius).
"25," was the reply.
"How about 22?" I asked, noticing students clutching at cardigans and warm clothes.
"25."
"Is 23 okay?" I'm dying of dehydration here.
"25."
"24?" Please!
"25."
"Okay then..." If I melt into a puddle of simmering organs, it'll be your fault!

2 comments:

Clinton Fowler said...

"Twenty five" doesn't mean "Yes" in Japanese does it Vern?

Vernon said...

Nup, sorry chief.
"25" means that most Japanese people have a greater sensitivity than the average bronze Aussie, to any temperature below 25.

I am still amused by ladies wearing welding masks and finger-tip to elbow gloves while riding their bicycle or walking the dog (which often means carrying your dog for a walk).

Hence, one is perplexed by the facts that the Japanese are doing everything possible to shield themselves from the sun; and yet at the same time, don't like to feel that it is below 25.

Is that similar to me saying I love the snow but I'd rather not be cold? I also wonder whether it really is an ideal for learning or whether it is closer to that comfortable temperature for an afternoon nap...