風になりたい! Kaze ni naritai! 

A look at life in Japan through big, round, gaijin eyes. Relfections on life in Japan, America, from the faceless streets of Tokyo. Let's blogging!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Overtime

I'm going to be out of the office next week so I kicked a little butt with some overtime. And I realized that after 10pm, super duper bonus overtime pay kicks in. Now I'm almost making as much per hour as an eikaiwa teacher!

Anyway, I applied for internet on 7/22 and cable is supposed to go in on 10/8. Maybe I'll be able to actually update once in awhile once that happens.

Signing out,
Bonikki (or so they call me)

Friday, September 02, 2005

A Thin Line

The situation in New Orleans shows us that there's a thin line between civilization and chaos. America goes to war to "spread democracy" and yet now one of its cities has sunk into conditions that are just as lawless and horrifying as any in Iraq, I imagine. The destruction wrought by nature is something that is unavoidable and tragic. The destruction that men continue to wreak is revolting and unbelievable.
We go about our everyday lives denying that at any time or whole world could suddenly be turned around by an event beyond our countrol. If a big earthquake hits Tokyo, will there be looting, raping and pillaging by gangs of Tokyo youth? Or is that something uniquely American. Does it take the culture of guns, violence, and drugs that we have glorified and perpetuated through the media, an economic system built on inequality, and a tolerance or acceptance of that inequality. The people who were left behind in New Orleans were certainly the poorest, and least equipped to move out to higher ground. They were the misinformed, or the untrusting. Certainly everyone in the "Big Easy" has lost something, but those who did not evacuate have now lost their society. I wonder whether we in society can do enough to bring them back to us.
I wonder if I will do anything for the victims. It tears my heart to read the news and know I am powerless and safe. But I am secretly relieved. That it's not me. That it's not my city.

I am becoming more and more afraid of earthquakes...