I was having lunch the other day (kaiten sushi of course!) and someones cell phone rings… the guy takes the call and proceeds to have an intimate discussion with someone about some business deal for ten minutes – intimate…. but he was talking LOUDLY, everyone in the room could hear him, and it got me thinking as to how inappropriate it is…. but also how incredibly un-self aware that guy must be. I think next time I would actually go over & make the SHHHH gesture, but culturally its not that uncommon in New Zealand, and from my own experiences I could likely include most Western cities… Why is it that Westerners do not care how loud they are or how much their existence is encroaching on others peace? Is it part of the praise-the-extrovert phenomena? Obviously not everyone does this – quiet people exist everywhere (god/jah/buddha bless them!)
Why that example really grated was due to the contrast of returning from Japan, where almost always people are considerate. Whether its “just” cultural is debateable, but one thing is sure: it is actively encouraged, for example take this sign in the subway:
In a confined space such as a subway train (or frankly, ANYWHERE) no one else really needs to hear your lame ass ring tone, or your conversation and occasionally I’d see someone hurriedly answer their phone & (presumably) quickly explain where they were & that they’d call back… And hang up. Considerate.
Relatedly while I was in Japan I was given a cute little present, but at first I wasn’t quite sure of its purpose, well other than just being kawaii..
Fits a 3.5mm headphone jack?
For smart phones?
So its a tiny nigiri Tuna sushi that you plug into your iPhone? Huh? WTF?
AHHHHHHHHAR!!! Of course!!! Device instantly silenced!!!
Its a little odd how even when you put an iPad to sleep, it sits there making that annoying bleep every time an email arrives – isn’t “sleep” meant to be sleep!?? I resorted to just silencing my iPad permanently via its preferences but THAT is a ui design fault if you ask me…. And hearing that default apple mail bleep for me has come to indicate the same of the owner as when you’d see a video deck with the time constantly blinking 00.00
Finally unrelated to being quiet, but kinda funny: I was shopping in the fantastic Tokyu Hands store in Umeda and came across the product below (For the uninitiated Tokyu Hands is a great design/hobby store – the Umeda one is 3 stories high and has every kind of little gadget, prop, accessory or ‘thing’ you might need to make something)
The writing qt the bottom of the can reads VOICE TRANSFORMER and my brain went: a voice transformer in a can? That can only mean one thing! HELIUM!! So I bought a can, took it home & when we tried it I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a long time, and it wasn’t just the lack of oxygen! I’m working on a project I shot in Japan, which involves a small creature so my purchase wasn’t purely indulgence. Its research I tell ya! But take my word for it: it is very, very difficult to not start laughing when you go to speak and you sound like a munchkin!