On this week's episode, "Black Creatives Japan" founder and Osaka-based river photographer Ayana Wyse joins the boys to discuss the ritualized Japanese social etiquette that has developed under social distancing (ie placing a customers loose change into a ceremonial tray) and the kinds of social pressures applied to those who breach said etiquette (ie punching them in their ceremonial face), as well as how Prime Minister Abe continues to flub his way through his two-mask debacle. If he ever gets so embarrassed that he can't show his face in public, I know where he can pick up a pair of great quality face coverings, for just ¥3,300!
Plus Ollie recommends a river cruise that will discourage you from starting a podcast for all the right reasons (not because YOU'RE our competition but because WE are all objectively awful), and Bobby looks into river cruise adjacent shops during the lockdown and what they're doing with a surplus of cone-shaped hats.
Topics discussed on this episode range from:
- Growing frustration with prolonged social isolation among the citizenry of various countries
- Which countries are wording their social distancing messaging well and why that matters
- The "Open the Economy" protests in America
- How the protest messaging seems focused on access to non-essential services
- What exactly a woman asked Ollie if he wanted at the end of a massage
- Abenomask trending on twitter
- MORE Practical issues with Abe's 2-mask per household policy
- Abe lashing out at an Asahi reporter with a misleading statement about Asashi-brand facemasks
- The breakdown of Japan's famed "manners," ie, fights over unwanted contact/potential contamination
- Why punching someone in the face for touching your change because you don't want to be infected is kind of like lighting your car on fire to prevent it from overheating
- Why people are risking infection to feed their pachinko addiction
- Why is Pachinko
- Our suggestions for stay at home solutions to the pachinko issue
- OUR BEEF WITH JAKE ADELSTEIN, THAT BRIAN HATING MONSTER
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What is Japan By River Cruise?
Stand-up comedians Bobby Judo and Ollie Horn purport to report on the Japanese river cruise industry each week.