rocks. scissors. paper. it's called janken here. the kids love it. and the bigger kids have all these fancy ways of playing it. all too confusing for me. while teaching university i always found it interesting how often the students would use it to decide things. seriously. i just don't remember doing this back home at that age. and i wouldn't be surprised if some top officials of companies or the government use janken. behind closed doors. every once in awhile. it is definitely a quick and simple way of decision making. and. yes. h-kun and i even sometimes use it. but mostly for fun.
bicycles. they are everywhere. everywhere. and most of them look the same. basic. no gears. and a front basket. they are definitely one of the main modes of transportation in japan. especially for school kids. but many other ride them, too. moms with kids. business men. girls with really short skirts. grandpas. little people. grandmas. and me. though not as much as i used to. and not as much as i should. bikes are definitely a convenient way of getting places. as long as it's not raining. and the exercise is a good thing, too. i will be bringing my bike home to canada with me. and i hope to use it. often.