a The Transit Lounge: The Strains of Softbank

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Thursday, May 20

The Strains of Softbank

Japan loves a mascot. Especially when it has an element of kawaii. This explains the national obsession with Shiroi, Softbank's mutt mascott. It does not explain what Shiroi is doing on a toilet paper roll though. Softbank is a keitai (mobile/cell phone) company afterall.

And if you press the orange sticker on his paw (see above photo), Shiroi will talk you to you as you go about your toilet business.

I think Shiroi would give me stage fright.

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