A month ago, Enson Inoue got collared by the Tokyo police for having nearly 17 grams worth of weed in his car. After the initial hubbub of the arrest, we never really heard anything else about it and I figured Inoue copped a plea and spent some time on parole or something. But nope … in Japan they take that shit seriously. Enson has spent the last 26 days in jail, and now he’s speaking out about how it has changed him:
“When you’re comparing the inside to the outside, inside there’s nothing to look forward to,” Inoue said. “But once you close out the outside and admit in your heart that it’s gone — and that you’re inside — there’s a lot of stuff to look forward to. Food all of a sudden started tasting good. When I compared it to the outside food, it didn’t taste good. But once I’m inside, and I’m comparing it to the inside, there’s nothing to compare with this. It actually got bearable.
“It made me appreciate a lot of things. When I was inside, I was looking outside and I was thinking. I appreciated the rain. We had a little exercise room, and when I went there the sun would beat down. A lot of times you walk out in the sun and you’re like, ‘Whoah.’ And I’m looking at the sun trying to get it on my face. When it’s raining I’m standing in the rain like, ‘Wow, rain.’
“So I realized that there are so many simple things in life that I overlooked. It’s a weird thing to say, but I think it was good for me. It changed my whole personality. It changed my whole view on things. And I’m much happier.”
The downside to all this: it pretty much kills any chance of us seeing Enson Inoue fighting in 2009. As if locking a man up for a month isn’t bad enough, the Japanese also attach a large cloud of shame to anyone caught with evil reefer.