Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wanna go to a bar tonight?

I was wandering aimlessly in one of the underground shopping malls in Japan. I came across a bar with many colorful and colorless cocktails. I sat down at the counter and ordered a sniff. Any relation to snuff? No way! Alcohol? Nope! It was an Oxygen Bar, selling oxygen to people deprived of that precious stuff. The deal? Less headaches, more energy, better blood flow etc. etc. Where would you get a bar that promises such excellent fare! Deal.

First buy the tube to put into your nostrils. This is for personal use only (Of course! And who would have thought otherwise!), though you may keep it at the shop for later use. Then you get to sniff the oxygen for ten minutes. Perfumed oxygen (aroma therapy!) in different flavors or unflavored oxygen. If you chose a longer course from the menu, you get to use a reclining chair for free. Another deal!

Now this is getting serious. The staff at the counter come and talk to you gently asking you how you feel. The advice? Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Sounds good when you are talking to them all the time! Time flies and before you realize what happened, it is over. Want more? Sure, go ahead! In between you are provided water with high content of hydrogen for free as ‘service’. They also sell oxygenated water.
Japan is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. People buy water and oxygen. This bar has applied for a patent. Who said that the best things in life come for free? Nothing against oxygen bars. Loitering in underground malls can be quite tiring. And probably with such a crowd in there always, there isn’t much oxygen to share anyway. Great place to recharge your batteries and get back to shopping again. Good place to relax or even read a book for a while. I liked the reclining chair. Haven’t used it yet. Every time I pass the place to my favorite bookshop, I sometimes look fleetingly at the reclining chairs. Would I like to go to the bar again? O yes! (When I have the urge for more oxygen again.) Would I use the reclining chairs? No way, the money will buy me a book to read while sniffing my oxygen. Cheers!


  1. The Japanese are indeed "innovative!" No doubt, Japan is one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world - where people buy water and oxygen. They will now succeed in making human beings "resemble fish" - Most fish exchange gases by using their gills. They exchange gases by pulling oxygen-rich water through their mouths and pumping it over their gill filaments - hence we see them continuously opening and closing their mouth! Now, human beings will follow suit!

  2. Every country has its own problems. Japan rose from the ashes at one time and India has many lessons to learn as well. The older generation who had to struggle so hard, did not want their children to undergo the same hardships. So they did not tell their children about their struggles and tried to ensure that the next generation can live prosperous lives. That is what created some of the problems among the young people of today. They have no idea about the labor of love that their ancestors gifted them on a platter. But this does not take away the magnanimity of the older generation in Japan who suffered for the happiness of their kids.

  3. this is interesting!!will they soon find a substitute for God too!!???

  4. Is God Dead? This was the big question on the cover of TIME (April 8, 1966). The debate continues to this day as the latest article on TIME, The Biology Of Belief (Feb. 12, 2009) proves! Scientists may not have definite proof, but what seems evident is the great healing power faith has. What lies outside the "known" universe and what was there before the "big bang" are questions that have to wait. Quoting the author, "It's the result, not the source, that counts the most." At least for now! And, it is time for a new kind of faith towards peace and prosperity: Faith in fellow human beings. "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." Albert Einstein, the greatest scientist of the 20th century, continues to be right! What do you think?