The Japanese Salary Man

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Credit to : http://neilduckett.com/the-japanese-salary-man

I found this quite interesting, Just to boost up my mood as I will  be start working tomorrow after 2 months course at Intan.

Read on..

I`d never heard of the term Salary Man prior to coming to Japan, now i hear it and often refer to it all the time, infact i am one. A Salary Man basically describes a Japanese businessman aged between 25 and 50 living a very typical existance of long hours at work, long hours at play.

Living in a city like Tokyo i can totally relate to it, Tokyo is driven by routine. Whether it`s catching to train, working or socialising, everything is planned and executed by intervals of 1 minute. As a lover of routine it`s great, although even for me i sometimes find it frustrating to be driven by such a time managed life. I kid you not, when i say, i see the same people day in day out on the train, at the station, in the same seat on the bus, the list goes on. I don`t think they notice me as much as i notice them, especially the cute girl who catches the 7:15 and looks better in a skirt or dress than she does jeans, but i digress.

Salary Man 

My schedule is repeated day in day out with nothing spontaneous about it, but i still love living in Tokyo and i busted my first few `public un-alcohol assisted` Nampa moves on the return journey the other night, the result was less than ideal, but it made for a good laugh.

When i came across a story about a character called Takashi it spooked me as to how close it is to real life, the life of many Japanese in Japan and indeed at times, alarmingly close to my own life.  Like i said, i love it in Japan and wouldn`t have it any other way at the moment, read on to hear about our hero Takashi-san and a recap of his busy week.

Takashi’s diary – week 10
By Peter Sidell
Hello!  My name’s Takashi, and I’m a salary man.  Each week I keep a diary about my life.  Here’s what happened last week.

Monday:  wake up at 5:30am.  Train at 6:30.  Start work at 8:00.  Finish at 9:00 (pm, not am, ha ha).  Drinking until 11:50.  Last train at midnight.  In bed at 1:15am.

Tuesday:  wake up at 5:30am.  Train at 6:30.  Start work at 8:00.  Email from Katushya re: love hotels such a teaser! at 2:17pm.  Unable to concentrate due to sordid fantasies.  Finish at 9:00 (pm, not am, ha ha).  Drinking until 11:50.  Last train at midnight.  In bed at 1:15am.

Wednesday:  wake up at 5:30am.  Train at 6:30.  Start work at 8:00.  Finish at 9:00 (pm, not am, ha ha).  Conspire with co-workers to spike Yoshinaga-san’s beer with colossal amounts of tequila.  Drinking until 11:50.  Laugh at Yoshinaga-san staggering around and molesting the ticket machines.  Last train at midnight.  In bed at 1:15am.

Thursday:  wake up at 5:30am.  Train at 6:30.  Arrive at 8:00, but Yoshinaga-san is off with a cold.  Start watching Youtube office prank videos at 8:05.  Email from Katushya re:dinner on Saturday  ooh yes and her favourite perfume, Eau de Rita. Finish at 9:00 (pm, not am, ha ha).  Drinking until 11:50.  Last train at midnight.  In bed at 1:15am.

Friday:  wake up at 5:30am.  Train at 6:30.  Start work at 8:00.  Monumental reprimand from Yoshinaga-san for entire department.  Finish work at 11:50 (pm, not am).  Last train at midnight.  In bed at 1:15am.

Saturday:  DAY OFF!  Lie in until 6:05.  Train at 7:00 for office outing to Chiba World of Staples.  (OK, but not as good as Tralfamadore last week.)  Buy souvenir staplers, then have lunch at ‘Maison des Staples’.  Meet Katushya *peck on both cheeks* at 5:30pm.  Ask about her email re: love hotels at 6:15.  *slap on face*  Meet Yoshinaga-san at izakaya at 6:20.  Drinking until 11:50.  Tearful drunken reconciliation on platform.  Last train at midnight.  In bed at 1:15am.

Sunday:  massive tequila hangover.

So there you have it, a typical week for a Salary Man, for any doubters out there, i`ll be happy to diarise a week of mine early next year when i return from Xmas holidays, you`ll never refer to your own life as repetitive again!

Regards.

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