An ancient pastime of Japanese nobility was sitting beside a quiet stream and writing a short poem known as a Tanka. A cup of sake in a lacquered wood cup was placed in the stream and the poem was to be finished before the cup reaches the participant. When the cup floats by, the participant drinks it and the ceremony is completed.
I have this general impression that the Japanese love burning things. I mean in Japan 90% of the garbage gets burned, if you are in the countryside you always smell fire from farmers touching their land, even in the city people burn their own garbage sometimes. My suspicions were confirmed when I found out about the Wakakusayama Yaki festival.
Japanese public TV (NHK) is tracking me down. Sunday morning the NHK guy came to my door and told me I owned him 2,690 yen for two months of public TV. I pretended not to speak Japanese and in the most complex English I could muster said that I don't watch TV and I am not interested in paying. I closed the door and he disappeared.