Sometimes the stress of life in an office environment is just a bit too much for the denizens of Tokyo. Suicide used to be a common option, but now that’s being replaced by Marunouchi Morning University’s program where Tokyoites pay $400 to learn how to farm. Apparently, Japan hasn’t heard about global economic crisis affecting the world. Such decadence.
Some of these people, sick of working in their various fields, are even considering giving up the office life for the daily toil of farming. It’s interesting to see the fluctuation from a massive culture of office life in the 1970s and ’80s turn into a rejection of it; more and more small businesses are being set up, and some people are moving back to the countryside. Will those small, family-run shops gain a new life?
Realism says nope, be prepared to be absorbed into Giganto-Mart. It’s the price of decadence.
Dear Japan: I can teach you how to farm for a dollar and fifty cents. What can I say? Mangoes and tangerines ain’t going down in price.