2010年7月19日月曜日

seriously

Obon is the festival of the dead here. No Halloween or Dia de los muertos it's rather more sedate, lots of water being thrown on grave stones, weed pulling, incense and a week off to revere your ancestors- or head to Disneyland to enjoy the crowds and the waits.

People who work in essential industries like incense stores, black clothing shops and Disneyland don't get the week off. But most of them get a week somewhere in lieu. Because this is Japan and the way companies convince people to work all the hours of the day and not take their annual leave is to have nice big blocks of National holidays.

Well except for K's company.

Oh no. They have pared Obon back to Friday the 13th and the following Monday. Technically this covers the official religiously obon days of 13-16 August but it hardly shows any generosity on the part of the company now, does it?

Seriously.

That's OK. I think us three girls will just turn up at K's work everyday with our picnic lunch looking for daddy and a some holiday fun.

(Only half) seriously.

3 件のコメント:

Melanie さんのコメント...

K`s isn`t the only place.

Taka`s work doesn`t give much either (and you have to make up for it later in the month).

Week long holidays? What are those? We are lucky to get 3 day weekends

jojoebi さんのコメント...

don't get me started on Japanese holidays or lack of....sore point in this house!

anchan さんのコメント...

Same here. Take this weekend, for instance. Umi no hi - 3 day weekend? Nope, work Saturday to make up for the lost day on Monday. grrrr