One of the benefits of having health insurance here is that if I need to go to a doctor, I don’t feel bad about going. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, a student and I were discussing things that aren’t easy to get in Japan, and I mentioned I was nearly out of fluoridated toothpaste. She told me she was going to Hong Kong the following week and would see if she could find me any.
Today, she caught me at a different branch and handed me a bag with two large tubes of Colgate. Needless to say, I was really grateful.
Japanese comic books are much different from their Western counterparts. Continue reading
After nearly being kept from exiting the train by two people who wouldn’t allow enough space and one woman who stubbornly insisted on pushing her way in before I was out, I have a new rule:
You get three すみません from me, after which you get nothing but ドケ！(and similar sentiments).
Plenty of lines, but nothing to say:
- I spotted one of my old Tamachi students, Natsuki, at the 7-11 near Heiwajima Station. I almost didn’t recognize her, but she was my cashier. The problem: She had completely forgotten me. Nothing I said jogged her memory, though she did at least believe that I had been her teacher. I’ve always said that at least 95% of the people who meet me remember me forever, while the remainder forget me immediately after our association. Looks like Natsuki falls into the latter category.
- The company’s closing earlier for the new year in 2016, meaning that this time around, I’ll have nine days off. Due to my regular days off falling immediately after the break, it was actually to be eleven days off, but the school closest to my place needed someone on the tenth day, so I agreed to work. The plan is to catch up on sleep and spend very little money.
Merchandising in Japan is a powerful force, with a much stronger presence overall than in the States. You can buy licensed goods in retail stores, try for one kind of exclusives in a game center crane machine, or take a chance on a different set of exclusives in a kuji. Even movie theaters have their own exclusive merchandise, and in true Japanese form, the wearable/replica items tend to sell out almost immediately. Continue reading
Japan and America are both first-world countries with ample freedom for everyone. However, Japan enjoys one sort of freedom I find I sometimes take for granted: freedom of — and from — religion. Continue reading