It's hard to keep track of them all, but today is a national holiday in Japan. In fact, despite the image in the West of an always-working, no-time-to-chill kind of country, Japan has more national holidays than the US (that wouldn't be hard, it has to be said) and the UK put together. Probably. Our Man can count 16 holidays on his Yomiuri-Disney calendar this year, excluding the end-of-year shutdown. There's a national holiday just about every month and sometimes three. Anyway, this month it's, er, Sea Life Day? No, that's in July... Boys-are-better-than-girls-day? No that's in May. Ahh, got it, it's Coming of Age Day, when the nation celebrates adolescents turning 20, the age when they can officially not vote and buy fags and booze instead. Our Man will be celebrating by taking his little monkeys to Ueno Zoo, so who can you trust to keep a wary eye on the state of the Japanese state while his back is turned? Fear not, this week's BLOG OF THE WEEK - GlobalTalk21 - is more than capable of the task. And let's be honest, if you want to know who's moving and who's shaking their body politic, all you really need is a RSS feed to the panda, elephant and gorilla of the blogging zoo - GlobalTalk21, Observing Japan and Shisaku. Though, it's fun to visit Our Man in the monkey house, but watch out, he likes throwing poop at the gawpers.
Odd sign picture from an equally odd (but good) blog - Signs from all over the world.