Japan Time is "Always On Time." Literally.

Zen Time. 

I had an order coming in from Amazon and I had specifically asked them to place the package in front of my door. I come home expecting a package only to see a leaflet saying "Jesus Loves You." I love you too Jesus Christ, but I wanted my package thank you. Japan Post has this system where they leave a piece of paper with their tracking ID. You can place the numbers on their page, click on the when you will be home the next day and you will have your package delivered to you. In Nepal, you would get love letters from the post office saying "we won't know what will happen to your package if you don't come by tomorrow," so it's a nice change. I set the 12-2 PM delivery for next day and went about my usual training. 

The next day, I left the lab at 11:55 AM thinking that I would most definitely be getting my stuff today. A tinge of excitement hit me as I made my final zebra cross to my home. I take the stairs, get in at 12:05 PM, put an apron, make myself a nice curry taco and drink that leftover whiskey. And I wait. And I wait some more and some some more. It's 1:45 PM at this point and I am thinking that the bell should ring at any moment. I need to go to the loo but I hold it in. I know AT ANY MOMENT, the delivery guy is going to barge through that door bringing eternal Amazon shopping bliss right to my footsteps. 

Just then my phone rings. 

I get a notification from Amazon. Must be something to do with "I am late, sorry, will be right there" but what I see makes no sense. Delivery Not Successful, says the phone. At that point I am thinking how on earth that could happen. I was here the WHOLE time. 

Only that I wasn't. They made the delivery at 12:00 PM. At 12:00 PM. Would you believe that? 12 f**king o clock, exactly. I have to give credits to these delivery people because they take their jobs a lot seriously. And I was here thinking 12:05 was early, making me some nice taco and waiting was an excellent idea. I pull up my phone, set the delivery time to 8-10PM for the next day. They came at 8:01 PM. 

This time, I was on Japan Time. 


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