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Bartender Glass 153 – The Waiting Woman

Sorry for the delay.  Life’s been busy – daughter on Spring break, work busy, Tonsillitis, etc.



Drinks of the Day:

Francis Albert

  • 45 ml Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 45 ml Tanqueray Gin

Thoughts (Spoiler Alert):

A very mature chapter, deals with marriage and issues with trust.  How the author played out the story really shows the difference between Japanese and Western culture.  In America, when something like this happens, the wife will confront the husband, and probably lead to a divorce.  However, in Japan and other Asian countries, there’s a much higher chance that the wife will simply look the other way.  I think there’s this notion that as long as the husband still loves his family enough to support it and not runaway or something, then it’s all good.  At least that’s my impression of it.

I normally like it when the author brings back characters from previous chapters, but I’m a bit torn on this one.  I think Aki is a great character, but there’s really nothing that ties her character into the story, besides presenting them with the Frank Sinatra CD and stuff.  Any other character could’ve done that, and I really wished she was given a more substantial role.

Categories: Bartender
  1. Kylie4ever
    April 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for the chapter. I just recently started reading this series, actually. It’s quite nice.

    I’m from an Asian country (South, not East), so I can confirm that your theory is somewhat correct — but there’s more to it. I dunno about Japan exactly, but in a lot of Asian countries divorced women are looked down on way more than divorced men, and it’d be difficult for her to remarry. Compensation payouts aren’t very high in general and most divorces are settled out-of-court with very little penalty for the guilty party (we aren’t big on suing here, and women especially aren’t). And since our women generally tend to have lower-paying jobs than men (not a wage gap, though, more like a skill gap because a lot of women don’t pursue career advancement after getting married and having kids), they risk losing the children, too.

    In the end, the only thing that forcing a divorce will get her is to be known as “that woman who couldn’t keep her man,” lose her children, and be all alone with a poorly paying job to support herself (and her kids, if she managed to keep them). By looking the other way, she usually gets to keep her man, her kids, and be reasonably economically supported 😉

  2. Rennov
    April 14, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I second the previous comment. Since a marriage means a total devotion of two people toward each other, it should not be that easy to break the vow.

    Although it’s really hard for a woman to endure the humiliation of having a man cheating her, but they usually keep it together for the sake of their children. Because the children are the real victim of a broken home.

    But if they still have no daughter or son, I think divorce is quite likely.

    P.S. i live in asian country too ;9

  3. April 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you!

  4. Keiti
    April 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Well first of all thank you very much for the chapter. You have been doing a wonderfull work for these last years with this serie.

    I would like to disagree in regards of the cheating matter… They actually mention the Caddy’s club and that is a Hostess bar that have previously appeared. While there was certainly a matter of the lie but no real cheating implied.

    Just my 2 cent and sorry for the bad english as it is not my primary language.

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