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Posted in: The dos and dont’s of class control for ALTs See in context

I studied abroad in high school 3 different times in Japan, twice in the summer and once a whole year. Japanese classrooms are almost chaotic compared to my school back in the states. Back home we could never talk without being called upon, couldn't leave the classroom without a hall pass (and even then we only got 3 a semester), and if we had our cell phones (etc) out they would be confiscated by the teacher. And we were never left alone without a teacher. Of course not all of this is good but compared to what people from other countries assume it was really different and it's not like my experience there wasn't usual. The first two times I SA I thought it was just because the schools I went to were in the country and I shrugged it off but then I went for a year at an elite all girls school in Hiroshima and although it was a little tighter with the rules it was really a bit of a laissez-fair environment. Japanese schools only want you to appear like you're following every rule with uniforms and hair styles, even the color of pencils we could use, but behavior wise they really don't care. I suppose that's why a lot of bullying isn't addressed, I mean there was never even a teacher around outside of class time when I went here. Maybe things have changed in the last decade but I doubt it honestly.

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Posted in: New station on Tokyo Metro line to be called Toranomon Hills See in context

My husband works in that building so this is good news, his commute will be a little easier in a few years.

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Posted in: She realises it's seen as something unnecessary and extravagant, but she isn't making any excuses. They have a different lifestyle and she doesn't expect other people to understand. See in context

You can only be so gratuitously wasteful with your wealth before the peons who ‘don’t understand your lifestyle’ rebirth the guillotines. Enjoy it while you can, I guess.

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Posted in: Some Japanese firms encouraging employees to take worktime naps See in context

For God's sake just send your workers home at a reasonable time. Productivity is low as hell in Japan and aside from all the bureaucratic nonsense, it has a lot to do with having to APPEAR to be working for 12+ hours even though there's not anywhere near that amount of work to actually be done. And (at least in my husband's case) having work completed ahead of time is considered too ambitious, showing off, brown-nosing, what have you. Having any social or family life outside of work, psh, the indulgence of it! Slacker! SPARE ME.

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Posted in: Almost half of mothers in Tokyo want train cars designed especially for moms and kids, so that they don't have to worry about sideways glances from other passengers when their children cry or act up, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Government survey. What do you think about this? See in context

How about a compromise, having one or two children-friendly cars? Where everyone can ride if they want, but if you want to avoid possibly noisy children and babies you can avoid it to your heart's content?

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Posted in: Almost half of mothers in Tokyo want train cars designed especially for moms and kids, so that they don't have to worry about sideways glances from other passengers when their children cry or act up, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Government survey. What do you think about this? See in context

@thepersoniamnow

Slapped her foot.

And what am I supposed to do exactly? Throw my child on the ground and punch the old bat in the face? What a wonderful prospect for my daughter, having her mother deported.

I assume you don't have kids in Japan if you really find it so unbelievable.

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Posted in: Almost half of mothers in Tokyo want train cars designed especially for moms and kids, so that they don't have to worry about sideways glances from other passengers when their children cry or act up, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Government survey. What do you think about this? See in context

@Michael G

No. 1) Less than half of the mothers in Tokyo want a separate car. 2) Not only the mothers of unruly children get sideways glances. Should foreigners, tattooed people, handicapped people, people with a cough, basically anyone who stands out in a crowd get a separate car? 3) There is no danger associated with sideways glances, only discomfort. Grow a thicker skin, ladies and ignore the sideways glances like many other people do on a daily basis.

When my daughter was like 7 months old I was holding her while she was sleeping in my arms in a priority seat and an older lady walked by and slapped my dmn baby's foot for daring to touch* the back of the seat. Not to mention that gazillions of older people who think it is their right to touch a friggin' baby spreading god only knows what viruses they refuse to wash off of their hands the last time they went to the bathroom.

I'm assuming the other women who would think this is a good idea, like myself, are thinking of the OTHER people's inconvenience, not the sideways glances they might receive. Believe it or not, when a baby cries or is fussy, it's not because it's unruly it's because it's a baby and sometimes thats what they do. If there were an optional, kid friendly car (that people who are annoyed by children could avoid if they choose) it would probably make the mothers feel better because they wouldn't be annoying other passengers. Maybe little things like that would soften the blow for people who want more children but find Tokyo unnecessarily kid unfriendly.

But yeah it's probably just because we're all thin skinned.

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Posted in: Almost half of mothers in Tokyo want train cars designed especially for moms and kids, so that they don't have to worry about sideways glances from other passengers when their children cry or act up, according to a Tokyo Metropolitan Government survey. What do you think about this? See in context

I mean I'd prefer a more sympathetic public towards the needs of the most vulnerable citizens and those who care for them but hey, if this is what you're offering in lieu of that, I'll take it.

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Posted in: NHK announces lineup for 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' See in context

Just watch 笑ってはいけない like everyone else with a pulse

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Posted in: Gov't OKs bill to make 10-day holiday around 2019 imperial succession See in context

Great time to stay home in Tokyo. Clear skies and half empty trains all day every day fam

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

67 F, yes. Sorry.

19 C.

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Posted in: Gov't kicks off Warm Biz energy-saving campaign See in context

It literally never gets cold enough in Tokyo to warrant like, more than a winter coat and hat. It was 67 degrees today and people around my neighborhood were wearing scarves and uniqlo down coats. Ridiculous. I genuinely don't understand. It's only ever cold for like, 10 days in January and then it goes back to chilly. Meanwhile half of the year its boiling hot and if you mention it to anyone and 'shoganai ne'.

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Posted in: What do you think about the way Halloween is celebrated in Japan? See in context

No problem with it if that's how they want to celebrate it. Doesn't hurt anyone.

It also follows a long Japanese tradition of taking Western children's holidays and twisting them into something mainly about adults.

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Posted in: 'AirDrop perverts' on Japanese trains now a thing See in context

I was in a cafe in D.C. a while back and someone had Airdropped a video of a voiced-over sheep falling down a hill to everyone with their iPhones open in the cafe. Airdropping memes is a trend in the US. I knew was only a matter of time before someone was dropping d*ckpics on the Yamanote line.

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Posted in: 'AirDrop perverts' on Japanese trains now a thing See in context

@Burning Bush

Unfortunately, no. There's a decent size preview with an accept or decline option below it.

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Posted in: Grain pain: Japan's aging rice farmers face uncertain future See in context

The family in the article are actually members of my extended family, believe it or not. Several generations of this family (actually if you live in Niigata, you'll likely know them and their product) make a very beautiful variety of コシヒカリ and this past summer we went up to my husband's cousins farm. They're the most lovely people and they barely make ends meet, without complaint. I'm no Japan obsessive and maybe I do have some bias as it's literally my family but the higher end コシヒカリ is the cleanest tasting and most satisfying rice I've ever had.

I also wish there was a wider variety of international rice were available within Japan and the politics of the situation isn't pleasant. But I have to disagree with people saying there is no real difference between the higher end of Japanese rice and low cost imported (or even low cost domestic!) rice. The rice from the valleys near the sea of Japan have a very distinct flavor. Yes it's expensive but unfortunately it's not going into the pockets of the farmers (at least the ones I know).

Some of these families work themselves to the bone to make the higher brands of rice and it's almost entirely for the art of it and to protect a good traditional product. I don't know how people can eat something as good as コシヒカリ and say they can't taste a difference between that and maybe a bag from 7-11. I have to think they're being bitter because the taste is so very obviously different.

These farmers are just as much victims of the politicization of Japanese agriculture as the average consumer here. They deserve respect for their craft, honestly.

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Posted in: Do you have tatami mats where you live? If so, do you find it hard to keep therm clean? See in context

Several of the rooms in our house have them. I personally really dislike the smell of tatami mats but when we reformed the house we live in now they wanted an INSANE amount of money to change them out to hard wood floors. Like more than it cost to put an entire new kitchen in. They're not hard to clean per se but once they're stained they are stained forever. My MIL spilt some coffee in the guest room on the tatami mats and it still has a giant stain that looks like an old murder scene. We also have a tempurpedic bed and its so heavy that bed frame dented the tatami mats even though we put a rug under it. Carpet isn't as clean in general but replacing carpet and having it deep cleaned is much cheaper.

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Posted in: 36 C in Niigata Pref a record high temperature for October in Japan See in context

Super glad it's supposed to be hotter tomorrow during my kid's 6 hour sports festival.

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Posted in: 6-month-old baby dies after being left unattended at unlicensed daycare center See in context

A lot of times I feel regret for throwing my career away because I couldn't stomach sending my daughter to strangers as a baby.

This is not one of those times.

No one should have to sacrifice their child's safety to continue their career or put food on the table. Things like this shouldn't happen.

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Posted in: Typhoon loses strength as it moves by Tokyo See in context

I've been here nearly a decade and I can't remember a time when the wind was that strong in Tokyo.

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world, other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

lol why would someone downvote my vote for Vienna, so random lol

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world, other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Vienna. Can't explain why really, just feels lovely.

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Posted in: A slice of life in Nerima, the Tokyo neighborhood you probably don’t know See in context

I used to live right at the north entrance of Hikarigaoka-koen when my daughter was just learning to walk. It was amazing, great area... nice and quiet. Wonderful park, nice water play in the summer and if anyone is looking for a cherry blossom festival they have one at the park every year sometime in the first week-ish of April. Aside from the normal hanami festivities there is also an extraordinary amount of foreign food vendors. We've since moved pretty far but we still go to the sakura festival every year. Highly recommend.

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Posted in: Rubella infection cases in Japan quintuple from previous year See in context

I was pregnant during the 2013 outbreak and my OBGYN was adamant that I wear a mask and constantly wash my hands. It was rough. All of my immediately family hadn't be vaccinated and a few of my in-laws refused to be, boiling it down to me overreacting. Was not a fun time wearing a mask in the summer, tbh. Currently my sister in law is newly pregnant and the same family members are again refusing to get vaccinated and it's infuriating. If you won't get vaccinated for your own sake I just don't know why you wouldn't get it done for the greater good of those around you, especially your family members. Senseless.

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Posted in: 2020 Olympic volunteers to get ¥1,000 a day for transport expenses See in context

I mean hey, it's something. A lot more than what I was expecting.

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Posted in: Probe into foreigners' health insurance abuse stirs controversy See in context

So like a 0.0002% fraud rate. Essentially nothing. I wonder how much the probe cost...

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Posted in: Typhoon death toll reaches 11; thousands being transported from Kansai airport See in context

@Yubaru

*I hope folks like this learn from this experience.

Using an umbrella during a typhoon can be extremely dangerous, not to mention holding on to a 4 year old too.

Better to wear a poncho, or some type of rain gear, other than an umbrella!*

Just for my own pride here, I left with the umbrella when it was barely sprinkling and the wind and rain picked up like crazy while I was waiting at my daughter's bus stop when the umbrella broke. I wasn't carrying my daughter and trying to hold an open a broken umbrella in a typhoon, I'm not an idiot lol

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Posted in: Typhoon death toll reaches 11; thousands being transported from Kansai airport See in context

The wind was so bad in western Tokyo yesterday that I had to literally hold my 4 year old daughter and run with a broken umbrella home from her bus stop from youchien in a downpour. I can only imagine how much worse it was for those out west. Scary.

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Posted in: Do patients feel more comfortable with male doctors? See in context

As a woman, in almost all cases I would rather have a female doctor as it’s far more likely that they would take my medical concerns seriously, especially in Japan.

I will however say that my GP is the best doctor I’ve ever had in any country, and he’s an elderly Japanese man. When my father passed away he held my hands while I cried and called to check in every once in a while to make sure I was okay.

Definitely an exception to the rule here and there.

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