It’s starting to warm up. The heat hasn’t gotten anywhere near summer levels, mind you, but it’s gotten hot enough to draw a sweat with a brisk walk.
Working, as I do, in a ramen shop, this change is represented by the change in the popularity of certain menu items. Down go the sales of the thick, hearty ramen. Up, up, up go the sales of the slightly (and I do mean slightly) lighter tsukemen dipping noodles.
Even working the graveyard shift like I did yesterday/today/tonight, you’re struck by how much people’s food preferences are affected by the weather outside.
Working consecutive graveyard shifts whilst mostly maintaining a regular daytime lifestyle has a way of making feel like you’ve been “unstuck” in time, like you’ve gone down the rabbithole and when you pop your head back out again, you have no idea whether you’ll be greeted by sunlight or the stars.
In Japan, wages go up a mandatory 25 percent past ten at night so there is incentive to work the night shift. Everytime I have one of those shifts, I feel like a part of me dies. The faster I get out of the midnight shift lifestyle, the happier I’ll be.