The internet in the kaikan has been down since January according to some people, and won`t be up again until the end of April. So much for my glowing report – I knew there had to be a catch somewhere. If you compare this to the technological infrastructures most U.S. schools are equipped with….well. Since most of us living in the kaikan come from places where net usage is like breathing, we`ve all been going to the local internet cafe.
If you have never been to a Japanese internet cafe, every user has their own spacious (private) cubicle. This obviously enables customers to do certain things they wouldn`t normally do in public. I was presented this theory by one of the guys from the kaikan, and me being the naive bunny I am couldn`t believe it. A few days later, another guy friend told me that since he`s pretty tall (6ft+) he can see over the tops of the doors of the cubicles and more often than not, there`s something dubious playing on the screen. Now that I think about it, its no wonder that the guy in charge of the place really scrubs the cubicles down after certain customers leave. One word: eww. While I am not criticising the viewing of such materials…go do that stuff at home fer godsake!!