Odds & Ends (part 23).

Plenty of lines, but nothing to say:

  • I spotted one of my old Tamachi students, Natsuki, at the 7-11 near Heiwajima Station. I almost didn’t recognize her, but she was my cashier. The problem: She had completely forgotten me. Nothing I said jogged her memory, though she did at least believe that I had been her teacher. I’ve always said that at least 95% of the people who meet me remember me forever, while the remainder forget me immediately after our association. Looks like Natsuki falls into the latter category.
  • The company’s closing earlier for the new year in 2016, meaning that this time around, I’ll have nine days off. Due to my regular days off falling immediately after the break, it was actually to be eleven days off, but the school closest to my place needed someone on the tenth day, so I agreed to work. The plan is to catch up on sleep and spend very little money.

An Otaku’s Errand.

Merchandising in Japan is a powerful force, with a much stronger presence overall than in the States. You can buy licensed goods in retail stores, try for one kind of exclusives in a game center crane machine, or take a chance on a different set of exclusives in a kuji. Even movie theaters have their own exclusive merchandise, and in true Japanese form, the wearable/replica items tend to sell out almost immediately. Continue reading