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Posted in: You can now get stick-on salon masks for haircuts See in context

The title is wrong.

You CANNOT get stick-on masks.

I checked the website, and they're all sold out.

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Posted in: Japan aims to revive tourism industry by subsidizing people to go on vacation See in context

Banned from Japan - travellers (including permanent residents of Japan) arriving from almost anywhere

Areas subject to entry ban

Strenghtened quarantine

Those who are allowed in (including Japanese returnees) must stay for 14 days "at a location designated by the quarantine station chief" and "refrain from using public transportation".

14 days in a cardboard cubicle at NRT?

Not much of a holiday!

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Posted in: In cash-loving Japan, banks still busy despite coronavirus See in context

Cashless didn't work out here in Chiba-ken after the typhoons last year.

No electricity = no way to pay.

No cellphone coverage because the signal relay towers were knocked down and the ones that hadn't been knocked down didn't function because their electricity supply was cut.

No way to recharge phones except at the city office.

Ten and a half days in my area, longer in others.

Age had nothing to do with the need for cash.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

Surge of infections?

It seems to be just a big-city thing.

Wikipedia shows a gradual increase nationwide - not an explosive jump in cases.

(data from Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and WHO)

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Posted in: Nearly 20% of Japan households using e-money but cash still king See in context

You still need cash (wads of it) for legitimate, on-the-record big-ticket items in Japan, especially if you're retired.

As a pensioner, I'm not eligible for loans.

I bought a used car - I had to pay in cash.

I bought a house - I had to pay in cash.

(after answering many questions before I could extract it from my bank account)

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Posted in: Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly aren't so keen See in context

Cashless requires electricity.

After Typhoon 15, our local 7-11 (for example) had no electricity (no electricity for the store, no cell phone towers in the area functioning). Therefore, cash was the only way to shop.

Power wasn't restored in this particular area for more than ten days.

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Posted in: Ouija satchel lets you talk to a Shinto spirit while you shop See in context

"4.5 centimeters by 2.3 centimeters"


Then it's barely big enough to store the 10-yen coin!

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster readiness questions in Japan See in context

Here in Sanmu-shi, the SDF has been at my closest city office (Sanbu no Mori Araragikan) for at least a week, providing generators, water trucks, and hot baths in army tents behind the office.

I got my power restored last night, after ten and a half days of no lights, no street lights, no water, no landline or computer, and constant "out of area" messages on my cell phone for both calls and one seg.

The Araragikan had staff there on Monday, hours after the typhoon, working without electricity, but with running water available from outside taps so we locals could fill our water containers. I've learned that it takes at least two 2-liter PET bottles of water to fill a bucket with enough water to flush a toilet.

Once they got a generator going, there were lights and air conditioning and outlets to recharge cell phones and laptops.

By yesterday, things were positively luxurious - handouts of 500 ml and 2-liter PET bottles of water, vegetable juice, wet wipes, baby food, crackers, candies, 100-yen size bread, free Indian curry with fresh-baked naan from restaurant truck volunteers, free omusubi (3 types), free yakiniku and yakisoba and cup noodles, and, and, and...

Seeing the lengthy lines for water, etc., in places like Ichihara and Togane, I'm gladder than ever that I live in the "inaka". In the longest line here for filling containers from the outdoor taps there were 4 people ahead of me.

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Posted in: Japan's food self-sufficiency rate lowest in 25 years See in context


There is Cinnabon in Japan, at least in the Tokyo area.

Google "Cinnabon Tokyo" for locations.

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Posted in: Over-75s caused twice as many traffic fatalities as younger drivers in 2018: gov't report See in context

Does anyone know what the fatal traffic accidents rate is for people in their 20s?

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Posted in: Japan grapples with traffic jams, visitors' manners amid tourism boom See in context

About not flushing toilet paper:

In some countries/cities in Asia, you're not supposed to flush it.

For example, Taipei.

So without signage like the one Yubaru cited, Asian tourists might not know how things work in Japan.

The world map on the following site shows that countries where you SHOULD flush the paper are definitely in the minority.

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Posted in: Need someone to watch your cat while you’re away? Try the new Japanese cat-lover’s site Nyatching See in context

Or you can just call (ordinary phone call) your local "Jinzai Shiruba Sentaa" (Silver Center) and get one of their over-60 folks to come to your home and take care of your cat(s).

No LINE necessary.

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Posted in: Sakura jelly desserts are back on sale See in context

"in 1883, when Japan was still ruled a shogun"


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Posted in: Car driven by 79-year-old man runs onto sidewalk near Tokyo's Shinjuku Station; 5 injured See in context

"Don't drink and drive."

Obviously applies to ANY drinks!

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Posted in: Classic British stories get sudden burst of popularity in Japan thanks to Empress Michiko See in context

No need to translate for her - she speaks English fluently, has a B.A. (summa cum laude) in English Literature, and has done several Japanese - to - English translations.

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Posted in: Language learner-friendly Japanese textbooks See in context


Sorry, I left out an "r" in your user name in my first message.

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Posted in: Language learner-friendly Japanese textbooks See in context


Here you are.


No. 8 and No. 19 on the best-sellers list

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Posted in: 11-year-old girl killed after wheel loader hits kids with impaired hearing See in context

Another fatal accident - another one NOT caused by a senior driver!

And what does the kids' impaired hearing have to do with anything?

From the photo it looks as though they were on the sidewalk, separated from traffic by a hedge.

Hearing ability has nothing to do with walking on a sidewalk.

It would be sufficient to state that they were walking home from school with their teachers.

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Posted in: Nagano drive-thru funeral home to serve less mobile mourners See in context

DIsabled people can drive.

One of my coworkers in Tokyo is a wheelchair user, and drives a car with hand controls.

This new window would be very convenient for him because it takes considerable time for him to get himself out of the driver's seat and into his wheelchair, then wheel himself into the building.

Also, how long and boring and elaborate and expensive funerals are is up to the persons making the arrangements.

I was the chief mourner for my best friend's funeral this year at the Ichikawa City Memorial Building / Crematorium.

No priests, no long service, just friends and students and a couple of coworkers, plus one friend participating from California on Skype.

We arranged it the way we (and he) wanted it. Short and simple.

And no grave - we took the cremains to the temple of his choice and made a small donation.

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Posted in: Here’s a handy cycling hack: Pump up your tires for free at any police box See in context

Out here in Chiba-ken, the police boxes (even the one at Yachimata station) are NOT manned 24 hours a day.

The lights are on but no one is there - only a telephone on the counter so you can call for help.

Carry your own pump!

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Posted in: Tarpaulin mishap delays Japan's first military satellite by two years See in context

The "small stuff" matters most. Anybody remember the US Challenger space shuttle (30 years ago), which was doomed because of the failure of a couple of rubber O-rings? Incompetence is everywhere!

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Posted in: Trump ready to complete improbable rise at GOP convention See in context

A "canon" is a form of music - for example, Pachelbel's Canon.

A "cannon" is a large and noisy form of artillery.

Trump is definitely the latter.

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Posted in: 7 automakers add 4.4 mil vehicles to Takata recall See in context

Here in Japan my Mitsubishi "i" was recalled a couple of months ago to have its passenger-side Takata airbag replaced. No word from the company about when they'll do the driver's side one, though. Scary.

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Posted in: Man, under arrest for eating without paying, dies in detention See in context

@ sea dog

"500 yen meal only? Can't be true---surely?"

Sure it can.

I often eat lunch at a tiny family-run Chinese restaurant near Gotanda Station in Tokyo, where they have a lunch set for 500 yen (e.g., fried rice, soup and pickles).

Perhaps the problem wasn't the amount itself - maybe this guy had ripped off the restaurant previously and the owners had lost patience with him. Whatever, he won't do that again!

@ lincolnman

"police (when a complaint is filed against you) may detain you for up to 48 hours (72 over a weekend) without any type of court order, to conduct their investigation. After that period, they must get a court approved 10 day extension which can be granted again - for a total of 23 days. At that point a Prosecutor must indict you or you are let free. If indicted, you can remain in detention until a trial is concluded (if a major offense) or a fine paid (for minor offences)."

Hmm, sounds a lot better than Guantanamo (GITMO) - only 23 days compared to 10 or 15 years!

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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context

Canada does obtain tax revenue from Canadians resident outside the country for income received from Canada. It deducts a non-resident tax of 25% from pension and investment income paid from Canadian sources. It's necessary to file a tax return (or TWO, for pensioners!) to receive any refund due. No voting rights, though.

As M3M3M3 says, they don't double-tax. They do, however want to know how much your overseas income is. Up to $60,000 Canadian, no problem.

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Posted in: Hope fades TPP pact could end Japan's butter shortage See in context


I've never seen liquid buttermilk in Japan, but Amazon Japan has two different brands of buttermilk powder.

If it's specifically buttermilk pancakes you're after, TheFlying Pig has 10-pound bags of buttermilk pancake mix.


On the Amazon Japan website you can buy up to 10 packages at a time of Takachiho butter from Hokkaido.

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Posted in: Hope fades TPP pact could end Japan's butter shortage See in context


No need to trek to a Costco outlet for butter - at least two online sellers in Japan will get Costco items, including butter, to your door. You don't need a Costco membership. Try Yoyo Market or The Flying Pig.

And if you're in Tokyo, Nissin Supermarket in Azabu Juban has a large selection of butter.

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Posted in: Nadeshico Sushi restaurant challenges gender roles with all-female staff clad in kimono See in context

No thanks - not because she's female, but because her hair is hanging down over the sushi.

Most unprofessional.

Extremely un-appetizing.

Even elementary school kids serving class lunch have the sense to cover their hair!

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Posted in: Sushi showdown: Women challenge one of Japan's male bastions See in context

Very unprofessional.

Cute is fine (we're in Japan after all) but long hair hanging down over my food is not.

Even elementary school kids serving school lunches have their hair better controlled than this gal does.

I don't care whether the person who makes my sushi is male or female, but I do want people who are preparing food for me to have their hair out of the way so it won't get into my meal.

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Posted in: 6,165 treated for heat exhaustion in week to July 19 See in context

It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Equally, it's not the heat, it's the stupidity.

Himajin's right about the humidity, though.

See Wikipedia, "Heat index".

33C with 95% humidity equals 57C, and Wikipedia also says, "Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 8 °C ." Definitely quite hot.

Think I'll just stay in here near the air conditioner.

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