I have always wanted to start a business, but I don't know why. In a similar vein to the short kid wanting to play basketball, or the mathsy teenager wanting to be a writer; I am now a slightly socially awkward adult who likes living within my comfort zone, yet have a strong desire to start a business. It is what I daydream about when I sit at my desk at work wanting to be somewhere else. Whether this is some sort of calling, or just the entrepreneurial culture becoming the mainstream, I decided that this year it wouldn't stay a daydream. I will try to start my own business.
We live in a gentrifying neighbourhood; note the present tense. At times there are some moderately shady people around. The odd time someone will throw an apple at you from across the street, but for the most part they are harmless. After a two and a half years I thought I could handle walking past anyone in my neighbourhood; I was wrong.
There are few universal truths in this world. We all die equal. Money doesn't buy happiness. The longer the line the better the food. And people love looking at food photos. So here's a look back on some of the tasty treats from our recent Japan trip; the third time round is almost as good as the first.
"Where is the rebate in these numbers?" There was silence on the conference call as I filled up with dread. I had made a hundred thousand dollar mistake and circulated it to all of the directors. I simply missed it. There was no other reason. Luckily it was for a prospective purchase, so I hadn't actually lost a hundred thousand dollars (yet), but that was little comfort to me as the directors waited for my response. "Fuck, it's not there, I made a mistake."
Champagne from Champagne. Camembert cheese from Camembert. Bowen mangoes from Bowen. All the best foods are named after places. It is no different when it comes to Kobe beef. But this legendary steak is so much more than just a cow 34 kilometres west of Osaka.
There are a lot of must see sights in Tokyo, so sometimes it is easier to take a tour. There are bus tours, bicycle tours and even walking tours. But last night we took a different kind of tour; a Mario Kart tour.
I am probably more reserved than most people. But I am not alone in my reservation about being naked in public. To be fair there are few situations where it would be appropriate; an onsen in Japan is one of those situations.