Sorry for the relative dead air over the past month. After the surprising amount of free time that came after the release of WHAT’S MANZAI?!!!, my schedule suddenly went back to being meanderingly busy.
As it turns out, summers are a relatively busy time in the Japanese entertainment world, what with summer events, festivals, the usual live schedule, and several projects that I’m not at liberty to reveal yet.
So what have I been up to (that I can tell you)?
Well, over the last half of July, I’ve been up in the mountains in the popular resort town of Hakone, living in staff lodgings and working 13 hour days running a hot spring attraction for a popular television show. Well, not just me, of course, as my comedic partner has actually been bearing the brunt of the workload (yay, language barrier!).
It’s long, unforgiving work and honestly probably pays horribly (we don’t know how much money we’ll get until it’s actually in our bank accounts) but, when you’re a first year dude, any work offer is a good offer, which means you accept these stints no matter how much you may hate them.
And believe me, this work does suck. You wake up early, work until nine, work seven days a week, and stand in ankle deep people broth all day, resulting in the soles of your feet resembling stale bread crust, making your workday a living hell. Even though it’s been a week since I’ve returned from Hakone, I still find myself waking up in the dead of night with foot pain. I know, I know. It comes with the territory.
There’s supposedly a valley behind those clouds.
And since this is workaholic Japan, I’m going back for another shift in two weeks.
But hey, at least the view isn’t horrible.