Sunday, June 28, 2009

Day 28 Challenge: The Martians Have Landed

In my English classes last week, I did a lesson about hobbies. We talked about their favorite pastimes as well as which ones they find challenging or exciting. I also asked them which hobbies they believed to be dangerous. I was expecting them to rattle off a list of extreme sports, but no, the class all agreed that "SUNBATHING" was a very dangerous hobby.

It's definitely not uncommon to see Japanese women here sporting mega Darth Vader sun protective visors. If you live in Japan, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Take a look at this internet article about Japanese aversion to sun and the sun visor phenomenon. 

So, my new experience of the day was to wear one of these Martian "Black Widow" hats as I went about my business...

Drinking morning coffee on the patio


Eating a hamburger


Enjoying the beach

On a side note, these Martian visors fly off the store shelves here in Okinawa. A week ago, I saw a huge display of them at a store, but when I went back to buy one yesterday, there were only 3 left. Even my very pretty and fashionable 25 year old Japanese language tutor owns one!


Chris and Amy said...

You are hliarious!

Carrie Stuart said...

You forgot a pose..."While puffing on a cigarette"...I think it's almost comical that there is so much healthy eating, daily exercise, sun aversion, etc...and there is smoking everywhere here! It was nearly impossible to find a used car that didn't smell like an ashtray. There are only a few things I miss about California...and the smoke-free environment is one of them!

Quisha said...

the food looks amazing! i'm going to have to try and find some of those pancake flavored crackers hahah.

Lindsay said...

This is hilarious! A few weeks ago my friend tried explaining these visors to me (his neighbors in SF were them) and I had no clue what he was talking Thanks for the visuals!

Mary and Sean said...

Wow, I can't believe people wear these in the states too... maybe it's a new trend sweeping the world

Mishka said...

I think the younger crowd and definitely the Okinawans themselves seem to be less concerned with the sun as the mainlanders girls are...don't you? I have seen some really dark surfer girls and plenty of dark older Okinawan men here.

I love that you bought one, (I should do it just for the hell of it) and that you wore it around to test it out. That is just awesome.

Mary and Sean said...

I actually didn't like wearing it very much. Couldn't figure out the right angle the visor should be in relation to my vision felt a little off that whole day. I wonder if I bought a damaged one and didn't know it...


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