When’s The Beef?


By the time you are reading this, they will have already cleared out their closets in Japan. The first day in June is koromogae, clothes-changing day. No, they have not been wearing the same clothes since this day last year! Koromogae is the official putting-down of winter clothes in favor the lighter fabrics for hot weather, and it is said that everyone makes the fashion statement at the same time. This is the day that civil servants (and students) switch to lightweight summer uniforms, and being civil servants, they require a specific holiday to commemorate the occasion.

The Taxman Cometh


Here’s something to ponder during Tax Month. On average, one teaspoon of honey is the lifetime labor output of twelve bees. Imagine that, twelve bees. I point this out to you in order to prove, once again, that things could always be worse.