Nitchitsu mining town haikyo #2: A day in the life

For the long gone residents of Nitchitsu mining town, the decidedly disturbing doctor’s office was definitely not the place to be, but for those well enough, there were predictably places of work,

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

although needless to say, any note taking is now unnecessary.

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

And similarly silent is the restaurant which, as well as being ramshackle,

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

has a restroom that is more than a bit risky.

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

The town’s sole supermarket is not surprisingly also in a shocking state of disarray,

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

but at least the lack of stock means it’s considerably quieter than most Japanese stores.

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

Which is a bit like bath time.

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

Meaning the community feel is largely lost forever, with the town emblem,

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

and a huge tatami room,

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

only hinting at what must have been much happier times.

But sadness can also be a bit sinister, or it certainly is when sauntering round the small school in semi-darkness, as the ‘naughty seat’ is now in no way to be taken lightly,

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

and for those that are sick, the radio conjures up little comfort.

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

Plus there’s no point in calling for help either,

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

as the corridors will continue to be conspicuously quiet.

Haikyo: Nitchitsu mining town

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In the third and final part, I look at what’s left of the lodgings, and for those of you that missed it, part 1 looks at the decidedly disturbing doctor’s office.

Cute Japanese carers?

With Japan’s seemingly forever faltering economy, and the fact that the country’s once famed job for life system has been slowly slipping away for a considerably long time, vocational-based colleges now seem conspicuously more common — the pursuit of practical skills seen as equally crucial as other kinds of education for carving out a career.

Japanese nurse

A trend that Tokyo Academy is obviously intent on making the most of, although sadly its much touted male nurse major has failed to fire many people’s imagination.

Japanese nurse

Its cutie doctor course on the other hand has managed to maintain much more interest.

Japanese doctor

Maybe.

Japanese high school girl homage?

For reasons unknown — although it may well have something to do with late teens in tiny tartan skirts — the Japanese high school girl look is one that is often copied and clandestinely catered for, along with the availability of a veritable cornucopia of costumes aimed at pandering to such passions.

Japanese schoolgirl cosplay

Meaning that such raiment features regularly in magazines,

Japanese schoolgirl cosplay

and maybe even more so in men’s minds,

Japanese schoolgirl cosplay

although generally it doesn’t involve the inclusion of brief-baring blokes, Sesame Street-style silliness and a pipe protruding from the model’s mid-rift.

Japanese schoolgirl cosplay

Or maybe I just lack imagination.

(image via the FG Forums)

Japanese drinks #8: Yummy Pepsi yoghurt?

When it comes to japan-specific special editions, Pepsi appears to have a penchant for non-cola colours, as, after its relatively recent bright blue abomination, the beverage behemoth has now worked its way round to white with this creamy Pepsi and yoghurt concoction.

Pepsi White

A potation that Pepsi deserves plenty of praise for, as amazingly it actually tastes as sickly as it sounds. The drink’s slightly thick texture and peculiar taste making it akin to sucking down some slightly watered down shampoo. A pot of Pantene perhaps — only worse.

In the meantime, as you mull over any possible merits it may have, here’s a video of how the standard stuff was sold many moons ago.