Who would love to wander this city in north-western Saudi Arabia? Al-ʿUla was the capital of the ancient Lihyanites kingdom. The last family that lived here is said to have left in 1983. 📷 @toinou1375
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This is the only woman I know in the world who has a pet baby elephant that
follows her around all day like a little puppy, and also actually the only woman monk I
know. Shot in Thailand during a hunt for the magical moments through the lens.
Day 607 - Workaholic
Japan is a wonderful country to visit but probably a tough one to live and work in. They work so hard. We’ve seen many comatose passengers commuting in the subway. There even is a special Japanese term for this: « inemuri », designing the fact of sleeping in a place not meant for that. It seems socially accepted.
They actually overwork. Long hours, extra hours. 12-hour days. 10 days holidays per year. Without being extra productive. Men often work so late that they don’t even go home, but rather go out, drink a lot and try to relieve some stress. Having heard of this before coming, we expected to meet more wasted men, but honestly we didn’t see too many of them. We did see the clean ready-to-wear shirts & ties in the nearby 7/11´s though. Offer meets demand.
Burnouts are common and « karoshi », literally death by overwork, has even been recognized by the law.
But Japanese habits of overwork are hard to change. The government is trying to, but the working habits are so ingrained in the society, driven by a powerful instinct of conformity and self sacrifice that it might take (too) much time. After WW2, the defeated soldiers swapped uniforms for suits, shaping Japan’s economic miracle, defining themselves by their company. Absolute loyalty came hand in hand with employment for life and wage rises. But nowadays lower rises don’t make it for miserable life & don’t attract the younger ones anymore. Individual development over conformity does.
We’ve seen those impressive waves of black suits rushing to their gloomy offices, making us wonder why so many so called « advanced » societies still decide to live to work and not to work to live. It’s especially true in a country that uses so much robots in the daily life. Aren’t they suppose to make human life easier ?