Embalmer in Japan

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Back to work after a night at the Hostess Club

Well, I've just had my last batch of days off until I go home to Canada on vacation next week. Out of the past 2 weeks, I've been at work 6 days. Nice to have some time off saved up so that I can sleep in on weekdays for a change.

Last night, I took my Japanese co-worker / former student out for a bit of a going away party. We went to what's known as a Hostess Club. They seem to be popular here. Now before you go thinking that it's a brothel, it isn't!! It's basically a bar where guys go and have a few drinks with Japanese girls who work for the bar pouring them drinks and laughing at their jokes, etc, etc. And just so you know, there are Host Clubs for the ladies as well. Anyway, we had a good time. The evening's bill was on me since it was a party for the co-worker and I don't think the company would like it too much if I submitted a receipt for a night out at the bar for renumeration.

It certainly is a different thing to do, but I'm not going to make a habit out of it. I prefer to go to normal bars and be ignored by women like I normally am. Much cheaper that way too. At least the co-worker had a lot of fun. I found out later that headed out to another bar when we left and stayed up until 4 am watching the Japan - Bahrain soccor game. No wonder he looked so tired today.

I'm also having a visitor in a few more days. A co-worker that will be replacing me here is coming up to check ove the place and see where everything is. At least she'll be staying in a hotel and not with me. Between packing for my vacation and packing for my move to Hiroshima, my place is an absolute mess right now. I think I need to have a yard sale or else a big bonfire in the back yard.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Ahhh... days off. But 60 years off is a bit overboard?!?!

Well I'm in the middle of having a few days off here in Japan.

I went into Tokyo on Wednesday night and had a few beers with some friends and stayed overnight. Thursday was a slacker day and today I spent by cancelling my gym membership and getting my car looked at by the dealership. Tomorrow I'm taking a personal day and taking a couple friends out to Costco (where I intend on buying an exercise bike) and maybe to Outback Restaurant to put on some fat that I can use the bike on later :)

The big news story of the day over here is the discovery of between 2 and 4 Japanese guys in the Phillipines that were WW II soldiers lost in the mountains/jungle after the war ended. A lot of Japanese seem to find it unbelievable... strangely enough, so do I.

I'm not saying that I don't believe that these guys are who they say they are. I wouldn't be surprised at all that they were indeed soldiers from WW II. I just don't believe that they were "lost". There was a couple of famous cases of this happening back in the 70's and one of thereturning soldiers made a statement along the lines of "I am ashamed to come home alive."

I think these guys started out exactly as the news is saying, thinking that the war was still going on. After a while they must have run into someone that had brought them up to speed on life in the rest of the world and they decided that instead of going home and facing the dishonour of surviving the war or being seen as deserters, they decided it was better to stay where they were. Sun, surf, sand, women... I bet they could have made a good life for themselves.

These guys were 50 years or so ahead of their time... What a couple of contestants these guys would have made on Survivor: WW II Lost Soldiers"

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

A little bit of history

Well since Jewell is linking this site I suppose I should tell you all a bit about who Morty is. I currently live in Japan and work as an embalmer for a Japanese funeral company. I basically fix up dead people so they look better and we avoid all that nasty decomposition stuff.

I've been here almost 7 and a half years (Where did all the time go?!?!). I'm not really planning on going back to Canada anytime soon but you never know how things will turn out.

I've been embalming for 11 years and worked in a couple of funeral homes back in Ontario. The experiences I had there are some of the reasons I moved to Japan ;)

My mom and dad live in Ontario and work as an airport manager and nuclear plant worker respectively. They've been over to Japan a few times now and enjoy it.

My job is pretty good. I get paid well and for the most part I enjoy it on a daily basis. I'm not really going to discuss work too much on here since not many people want to hear details of death related stuff and I don't need to get into trouble with my bosses over my opinions about things here :)

I just came back from a trip to Hawaii so I'll mess around with attaching a picture here.

*edit* 30 mins later.. screw it, sorry I hate html :)

Ha! I ended up using another program to upload this picture. A nice shot of the beach at Waikiki around sunset.

Ok, One for Jewell

Since I told my friend about this blog she now wants to post here. Of course I'll be the only one to see this, so post away ;)

Welcome to the Blog

I really only created this to post in another friend's blog. Maybe I'll add to it, we'll see