Just Working Five Days A Week Makes You Happy?

He started getting irritated and threw the cigarette on the side work, “Shogo, you’re talking to me condescendingly. What’s wrong with being Japanese? I like Japan and like the Japanese way of life so much. I think you are screwy, because you think you can educate yourself without anyone’s instruction. You simply can’t do that if you really want to write books. First of all, you have to learn how to write, edit, and organize from some experts. That’s why we have teachers. I really don’t comprehend what you have in your mind. Furthermore, I like my job and am satisfied with my life. I have a good job and work five days a week, because now Japanese economic situation is bad, so some of my friends can’t work five days a week. Therefore, I am lucky to have the steady job. Besides, I’m interested in politics and am studying Japanese politics now. Maybe, you cannot understand that way.”

Pause.

I countered thoughtfully, “To be sure, I completely understand what you’re talking about. And I am not interested in politics, because people are too ignorant to know what to choose; therefore, we have a lot of parties anyway…. But really? You said you are happy to work every day, but I presume you don’t have any life. Actually, I can smell perfect resignation of life from you. Just working five days a week makes you happy? You don’t need a vacation? Have you taken two or three months of vacation recently? Do you have friends beside Japanese? It’s not life, Yoshi. Sometimes, you need to take a vacation to enjoy your life. You have to see the world sometimes, so that you can learn something new, which might expand your vision of your life. For me, I always take a vacation every six months to go to Mexico to see my friends. That makes me happy, and I always have a great time. My Mexican friends came to Japan two years ago, and we went Kyoto and China. That trip was awesome, too.”

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