Japan: It’s Not Funny Anymore – tim rogers – Kotaku

Japan: It’s Not Funny Anymore – tim rogers – Kotaku: “SOME JAPANESE OFFICE TRADITIONS ARE GENUINELY TERRIFYING
Every once in a while, you’re outside, and you find a huge crowd of people in suits and ties. They take up all of the sidewalk. They’re all drunk. They just got out of a mandatory company party in the nearest wooden-submarine-like Japanese restaurant whose menu consists of whatever fell off the garbage truck as it peeled away from a flock of particularly aggressive crows that morning. They’re standing a circle, completely of their own accord. The boss is nowhere in sight. Someone in this group of juniors influenced them all to get into this circle. Anyway, they start chanting something. You can hardly understand what it is, even if you fluently understand the language. What the hell are they doing? The chant soon becomes a scream. This group of maybe forty young men and women in suits are screaming in unison.”

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