Rescue Bing from Japan!

Well, technically, I strongly suspect he does not really want to be rescued, but he does have to go back to school.


Bing is the Spawn of Tangled Up in Blue Guy and he’s been in Japan helping his uncle with research. Along the way, he’s made new friends, but they want to keep him there. In fact, they have threatened to hold him for ransom unless his American friends and family do two things:

1. Answer questions about Japan/Nippon culture and cuisine.

2. Donate money to help his mother pay the plane fare for his trip.

It’s tempting for a young man to stay in Japan, because so far he has found the food to be awesome and the shopping (even in vending machines) to be, let’s say, “unique.” In fact, the Japanese students think that if he stays long enough he could use his ninja powers to be Emperor someday. I don’t think that this would be a good thing for world peace, as Bing has not worked out his “megalomania” issues and bad things could happen.

So, here is one of the questions that they want you to answer:

3. What is the customary tip for a meal in Japan?

a. Silly American. Don’t tip!
b. 15% – it’s the same everywhere.
c. A flat 500 yen, no matter the bill for the meal.
d. 25% – everything is more expensive in Japan.

Yes, you have noticed that this is question three. Of several. All of which you must answer to save Bing from a life of perpetual sushi, beautiful landscapes, and overwhelming quantities kitsch. The answer to this dilemma lies here.

This is actually quite a challenging quiz. I’ve spent time in Japan and have man Japanese colleagues, and I got every single one wrong.


  1. #1 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 14, 2009

    Whoever made that quiz is a right bastard!

    Thanks, Greg!

  2. #2 jim bear
    August 14, 2009

    the answer is a, you don’t tip, it’s considered rude.

  3. #3 Eamon
    August 14, 2009

    That’s the answer I’d go for too Jim. I think the reasoning is:

    I’m already paid to do my job – so if you’re paying me more there must be something unsatisfactory with my basic performance.

  4. #4 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 18, 2009

    You guys are right. I now have a dilemma with the post as far as giving out the answers.

    No details on what the dilemma may be, but I am trying to figure out how to handle it.