Tokyo Damage Report

Oyaji Force Field:

Like a lot of old Americans, I tend to see USA kids as kind of spastic.

They’ll be talking with their friend, but also text-messaging, while listening to headphones. And they’ll be doing exactly none of those things competently:  "Let’s have a half-heard conversation, send pointless messages and sort of listen to music that we don’t even know if it’s any good.   Who cares if we’re talking about anything meaningful, as long as we are busy and therefore popular and important!"



Anyway, i was thinking about this on the train in Tokyo, when I saw something that made me realize that American kids have nothing on the Japanese old men:


You kids might think you’re hip with your gadgets, you might think you’re alienated from society, you might think you’re cool because you’re young, but these old-ass Japanese guys got you beat in so many ways. This guy has more shit plugged into his head – the SARS mask, the headphones, the oversized maritime-logo baseball hat, the ’70s detective shades, AND he’s got a little TV with the horse-races on it. He is totally in his own world. He’s got more orifices plugged than Matthew Barney playing the role of the Anal Sadistic Warrior.


That’s right, you heard me.


Anyway, I’m calling this phenomenon the Oyaji (old man) force field because it keeps the rest of the world at bay.


Dude from Mutantfrog was talking about SARS masks – maybe this ties in somehow.

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  1. Baka_toroi June 16th, 2009 8:13 pm

    Interesting concept.

  2. szaszha June 17th, 2009 10:45 pm

    hey schultz, i’ve been trying to comment on some posts here but your spam protect is spastic. i type in the correct sum, and i’ve even tried typing out the phonetic version of the number, but it usually doesnt work. hope it does this time. i’ve tried it in different browsers but still no dice.

  3. szaszha June 17th, 2009 10:45 pm

    hey it worked! miracle. any idea why this is?

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