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Posted in: Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision See in context

The winner is almost always contentious and based on one bias or another.

At least this time it's a feel good sort of bias. shrug

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Posted in: 99 islands See in context

99 islands but a beach ain't one

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Posted in: Japan’s most popular beers, according to 70 million customers See in context

Also I just realized that there's only one non-Japanese beer on the list and it's Budweiser of all things.

If you're going to drink a stereotypical American beer why not pick Blue Moon... at least it has a flavor.

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Posted in: Japan’s most popular beers, according to 70 million customers See in context

In my experience, as long as it's at least 25% foam (head) then the Japanese will love it.

Questionable but hey, do you Japan.

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Posted in: How to ease your way into wearing an 'edgy' black mask in Japan See in context

Is this real life? Are adults really this childish?

Just wear a black mask. You don't need someone to hold your hand while you do it.

Nobody cares what color mask you wear except maybe your boss.

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Posted in: How religious would you say Japanese people are? See in context

In a day to day sense, not really, but my mother in law makes me throw handfuls of salt and her when she goes to visit her relatives graves or goes to a funeral (which happens a lot).

Also when I was pregnant she made me clean all the bathrooms in our house. She gave a religious reason for it but 9 years later I'm still annoyed by it lol

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Posted in: Ukraine accuses Russia of massacre; city strewn with bodies See in context

If you support this perhaps you should take a bloody good look in the mirror.

Civilians, hands tied behind their backs, battered and bruised with their bodies dumped in the streets.

Someone's father, someone's son, a best friend who surely celebrated the winter holidays with family only to be dumped like moerugomi on the streets a few months later.

Enjoy the comfort of your warm beds tonight collaborateurs. Could be any of us tomorrow.

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Posted in: Sri Lanka trainee takes maternity leave, gives birth in Japan See in context

If ever you had a lofty, fluffy, lovey, cutsie idea about what Japan is like...

The child could be sent home soon...

Isn't that sweet?

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Posted in: Man arrested after crashing car into Foreign Ministry building See in context


bad quality, good composition tho

bright side

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Posted in: Man arrested after crashing car into Foreign Ministry building See in context

good composition in the photo though

too tired to read the article

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Posted in: Period poverty lowers quality of life; women in 20s hit harder: study See in context


Average number of pads used per cycle 4-5.

No no... that's per day, if you use pads. Plenty of women can't depending on what they're doing in a day as pads don't allow for certain clothes/activities.

I'd say if you have a light/regular period it's about 2000 yen a month-ish. Menstrual products are not only pads fellas. Probably at least two days of painkillers for your average woman as well.

Meanwhile I bled heavily for 18 months, every day when my daughter was just 2 years old, and required very expensive medication, hormones, weekly blood tests for iron levels, etc., supplements... because I have endometriosis... a surprisingly common and horrifically painful disease. Luckily I had the funds and a decent amount of support. Most people don't. If I only had 150000 yen a month to pay for everything in my life I would not have even remotely been able to afford even 1/4 of the menstrual products I required just to be able to leave the bloody house every day.

We get it bros, you can do basic math. Yeah if you have an exceedingly simple cycle and absolutely no mitigating factors you're probably looking at a 15$ a month expense. If you're conservatively one of the 25% of women who don't fall into this category then it's way more. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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Posted in: Netflix plans to start charging some customers more to share their accounts with people who aren’t in the same household in an effort to crack down on unauthorized password exchanges. What do you think of this? See in context

uh everyone who uses my Netflix does live in my house but during the week my sister in law lives at an apartment closer to her work... are they going to charge me when she's using it and she's not home?

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Posted in: Ukraine says Russia stepping up shelling of residential areas See in context

only if Kyiv ceases hostilities

Rather rich statement, given the fact it's the Russians who have invaded.

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Posted in: It's all about legs See in context

As long as no one is around me I will happily cross my legs. It's kind of common sense not to invade the personal space of others, isn't it? I don't see a problem with it unless people are sitting next to you.

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher under fire after selling students’ personal info online See in context


He should be in jail, full stop. What kind of disgusting person would pay for the personal information of elementary school children? It could only be for reasons that none of us even dare speaking about, obviously. Suspended?? For putting small children at risk like that? Pure insanity.

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Posted in: Depending where you live in Japan, to what extent have you been complying with the Japanese government's request to observe anti-coronavirus measures during the current quasi-state of emergency? See in context


I probably should have been more clear. If you get covid and it's serious or you are forcibly quarantined in a hotel, you are screwed. The odds of getting help in either situation are slim, apparently, given the amount of people quarantined at home who should be hospitalized. That's far more terrifying to me than covid.

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Posted in: Depending where you live in Japan, to what extent have you been complying with the Japanese government's request to observe anti-coronavirus measures during the current quasi-state of emergency? See in context

100%. To the letter.

I've not left my front door without a mask on in over 2 years. My hands have aged 10 years from constant use of hand sanitizer before and after entering any building in Japan.

And in return, during my quarantine they "forgot" I tested positive and left me in my hotel room for 36 hours without any contact, any food... just sat in the room packed and ready to be moved, as they requested, for a day and a half. All because the hotel and the Medical Center didn't communicate with one another.

If you think they care about you during this pandemic think again. Their recommendations are solid. Get vaxxed. Get boosted. Wear the mask. Social distancing. Bathe in hand sanitizer.

Because if you actually get coronavirus you're screwed.

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Posted in: Student turns herself in to police over alleged university exam cheating See in context


I see what you did there...

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Posted in: Student turns herself in to police over alleged university exam cheating See in context


I'm right there with you. I minored in world history, so I'm interested to see if I would even know it lol

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Posted in: Mean look See in context

How though?

Aren't almost all terrorists in Japan Japanese?

Am I supposed to report every 170-180cm Japanese man, 25-40 years old with black hair, black clothes wearing a mask? Cause that's the description of almost every terrorist ever in Japan...

I'll just do what I always do when I see someone being creepy in Japan and I'll just nope my way out of there.

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Posted in: Student turns herself in to police over alleged university exam cheating See in context

Cheats on one question in a test, life is ruined.

Too bad the real world isn't as hard on people who bend the rules to get ahead, right? I mean, literally all successful people would be put on the chopping block but yeah, screw this one kid in particular I guess.

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Posted in: Japan looks to expand COVID quasi-emergency to Tokyo, 10 other prefectures See in context

What does stopping serving alcohol actually do to prevent covid?

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Posted in: When am I contagious if infected with Omicron? See in context

Interesting. I have omicron right now, didn't develop symptoms until day 5 or a positive test until day 6 after entering quarantine. It's been 4 days since my positive test and my symptoms are basically gone (maybe the odd tickle in the throat, but that could be because its 0 degrees outside and I have to have the heater blasted on my face 24/7 in this matchbox sized room). I physically feel as good as I did before I developed symptoms. Good thing I only have (counts depressingly)... 8 more days until I can leave quarantine...

cries in freezing cold bento

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Posted in: Japan to cut 14-day isolation for Omicron close contacts to 10 days See in context

I don't know how I feel about this.

For one it definitely seems excessive.


I am currently still in quarantine.

Before I left Japan late-ish in December, I tested negative.

I tested negative mid-trip in the States.

I tested negative the day before I left the States.

I tested negative on the 3rd day in the (awful) quarantine hotel.

Day 6, the day I was due to leave, I had a slight sore throat and tested positive.

I never left the hotel of course, I followed all the rules. I've been (lightly) sick with covid for 4 days now and although I'm nearly cured, I did develop covid symptoms 6 days after I arrived to Japan. I could very well have been one of the few people who develop symptoms late... I could have also gotten it in the hotel but that's beyond the point since yeah, I have covid.

Now, (unless I magically test negative here in 2 days) I will be here for another 8 days. Would have been shorter but the previous hotel people "forgot" I tested positive for a day and a half and didn't move me until I called repeatedly every few hours for a day. When this is all said and done I will have been in quarantine for 19 days. That's if all goes well.

So yeah... either I was one of the rare people who incubate the virus without any being able to be detected in in a PCR test for a week, or I caught it in quarantine - which would be ironic. Not one of the people I spent time with in the US currently has covid (they all tested when I got my positive test) and I was not a close contact of anyone on the plane... I guess I'm just thankful that it's omicron and I'm fully vaccinated else it could have been worse.

So who is to say how long after you are in contact with someone who has covid that you develop symptoms (or a positive pcr)? How careful is too careful?

I will just be very very glad when this is over. All I know is that 19 days is definitely too long.

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Posted in: Border restrictions force 300 foreigners to decline Japan teacher jobs See in context


Oh sorry I probably wasn't clear... the two weeks was in reference to my pre-travel PCR's and travel time up until now. My apologies.

Yeah I mean I don't blame the Japanese government for this, it's a pandemic... who really knows the right answer ya know? I don't think I've been mistreated (okay nearly frozen food is a little mean but maybe there is a reason they can't provide warm meals that I am not aware of) and I accept all of this as I chose to travel in the pandemic (I have very real and serious reasons for doing so, but still).

I also have a husband and a child waiting for me at home... another reason why I'm willing to undertake all of these annoyances. I'm just saying that if I were an aspiring ALT, I wouldn't want to go through this just for a year contract teaching english a few hours a day. It just doesn't seem worth it unless you really don't have another option... but most ALT's are single, college graduates coming from developed countries so not having any another option seems like a stretch.

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Posted in: Border restrictions force 300 foreigners to decline Japan teacher jobs See in context


Nope fully vaccinated coming back from America.

It's much the same for me which is why it's not actually that bad compared to what some people have to deal with. It's more the finer details that are driving me crazy. 6 days in a hotel sounds fine but most hotels have at least room temperature food, decent internet and beer. I'm not sure what you mean about the quick check but I get 3 calls a day from the app and a few check in requests which would be fine if I didn't somehow manage to always be called when I'm showering or washing my pajamas Roman Fullery style in the bathtub. Also any regular hotel I could suggest not to be housed next to a heavy smoker.

Also for transparency it must be said, I had a very serious stomach surgery over the summer and my dietary restrictions and stomach sensitivity has made this especially hard. I can't really eat rice or overly salty things and I've thrown up every day I've been here (not the hotel's fault, it's just unfortunate) because of the food situation. Not much can be done about that outside of maybe trying to heat up the food. The bentos are not just unheated, they're actually extremely cold... just pulled out of a deep refrigerator type of cold and are quite indigestible. I can't imagine another situation where people would be okay with this outside of being forced to do so. School and prison lunches manage to be warm, not sure why quarantine meals can't be...

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Posted in: Border restrictions force 300 foreigners to decline Japan teacher jobs See in context


yeah a moronic move on my part, to be sure lol It had been a very very long day...

Not sure I would have had the will power to not pop it open by the 3rd day to be honest.

Luckily I have melatonin or the jet lag, terrible internet, MySOS app on top of complete isolation (and forced sobriety) would really be dragging by now.

At least there is a heated blanket and lovely bottle of gin waiting for me at home...

deo volente

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Posted in: Border restrictions force 300 foreigners to decline Japan teacher jobs See in context

I'm currently in quarantine at a hotel near Narita. Coming into the country was an absolute nightmare but it could be worse. I knew all of this when I left late in December so I am not upset about it, really. But I am lucky enough to live not too far from here and have my own vehicle and home to go to afterwards... as well as being a freelance worker.

My situation is about as good as it gets and it has been hard. If it were any more complicated I might very well go insane inside of this tiny room. I'd be more than willing to pay for even slightly better accommodations. You know, like, maybe warm food (every bento comes straight from the refrigerator) or access to a paid clothing cleaning service (I've been washing my clothes in the bathtub and hanging them every day which is harder than it sounds in a room that barely fits a full sized bed). Or, I dunno... maybe if my neighbor wasn't a chainsmoker as well, that would be nice. When I checked in I vehemently stated I was a non smoker but that doesn't seem to have come into consideration when placing people. Again it's disgusting but I can deal with it I guess, bit of a strange decision though since they took my bottle of Moet wine because drinking in quarantine isn't "safe or good for your health" (its a gift but sure) but letting someone chain smoke all day during a respiratory pandemic quarantine in a poorly ventilated building is A-OK. Fine.

5 negative PCR's in 2 weeks, hopefully will be 6 tomorrow and they will let me finish my quarantine in the comfort of my own home. I waited in line for over 2 hours just to get the PCR test to come here (Japan has special certificate requirements, so it was nearly 300$ in California). On top of the 300$ PCR test at Narita the day I left, the 150$ one I had to absolutely scour the whole of southern California for on my 6th day out of the country... I mean I'm out nearly a grand just on PCR tests alone.

If I were someone who knew about all of this ahead of time and was supposed to newly come to Japan to teach for minimum wage without knowing much about the country or language? Count me out. I would have to be pretty desperately in need of a job to put myself through all of this for a one year contract abroad.

Again, it's not the worst. I wouldn't do this again unless it was a dire emergency, though... so if you're mulling over travel right now I'd advise against it unless you're mentally, financially and physically able to go through the stress of it all. Good luck to all.

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Posted in: 1st community spread of Omicron virus variant in Tokyo confirmed See in context

30,000 free tests in Tokyo, but I have to spend over 300$ at the airport to get a PCR and certificate just to go see a terminally ill family member next week. Fun.

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Posted in: Japan to restrict travel from S Africa, 5 other countries over variant See in context

I have been putting off seeing my family and friends back in the states for 2 years now... and now finally I have tickets paid for and hotels booked, plans made for the end of December. I have 2 pcr tests scheduled and already paid for. If it gets cancelled again I cannot even imagine what it will do to my mental health. My grandfather has been battling cancer for years and this is probably my last chance to see him.

I couldn't be there to help when my Father fought and passed away from terminal cancer because of my husband's stupid job wouldn't allow him time off (even though he hadn't taken sick/holiday days in 3 years) and no family could watch my young daughter. I couldn't go to my Brother's wedding because of Covid. His wife is pregnant and I doubt I'll be able to meet my new niece. My mother moved out of the house I grew up in and I didn't get to say goodbye to all of my childhood memories.

What more do I have to sacrifice to this virus? I will get a booster every 6 months for the rest of my life. I will never step a foot outside of the house again without a mask. I will do absolutely anything asked of me if I can just please see my loved ones and my home country just once more.

Every month this virus goes on I feel more and more hopeless about the future. I don't leave the house unless I have to, I don't talk to people, I don't meet people unless absolutely necessary. It feels like it will never end. Is this life now? Is this forever? It honesty makes me not want to go on any longer. I don't know if other people feel this way but I don't feel like I've lived anything even resembling life since 2019. More variants. More closures. More restrictions. If this is what life will be from now on, what's the point at all?

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