Life in Japan

During the past couple of years, I have spoken to a number of Japanese people online back in my hometown, and I always wondered why most of them didn’t really have anything they did as a hobby after work, or on weekends. Won’t life be very boring if they only worked and rest? Or do things like shopping or drinking? Is that all there is to life?

Then, I came to Japan. And I haven’t done anything really productive myself. When I was back in my hometown, I would → Read more

Japanese novel review: “I’m heading out right now to quit my job. Be back in a bit.”

This book title “ちょっと今から仕事やめてくる”, is quite hard to translate, because of its nuances, but this translation you see in the post title is my take on how I feel it should be translated.

The author of this book is KITAGAWA Emi.

Here is the synopsis loosely translated by yours truly as well: Takashi works in a ブラック企業 (black company) and is faced with a lot of shit from work. One day, while he was about to unconsciously fall into the path of an oncoming train, a guy named “Yamamoto” shows up and saves him. Yamamoto says he is Takashi’s classmate back in elementary school. Takashi is glad to have someone to talk to and opens up to Yamamoto, sharing his troubles. However, he later finds out that

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Getting a Phone Line and Home Internet

I impatiently waited for my bank book, bank card, and bicycle to arrive.
A knock at my door at 0955. Yay – bank book and card! I can finally apply for a phone line and wifi 😀

At 1015, another knock on my door. My bicycle’s here 😀
It’s time to cycle down to the nearby electronics store to get the missing plug for my tv, and then to Aeon to get my phone line and wifi. That was the plan, but the road was so narrow, I ended up pushing my bicycle along to the electronics store. I hope I didn’t → Read more

Furnishing my apartment

My house still badly required a lot of things.
I needed decent clothes hangers, a fan, a water filter, a water kettle, dehumidifying water absorbing stuff, vacuum pack for keeping my futon, shelf lining sheets that are somehow equipped with bug chasing abilities.
And I wanted a tv, a proper bicycle, a bathroom floor mat, and a digital clock that shows the humidity of the room.

E-san kindly offered to drive me around the city to get my stuff settled. I’m really grateful. If I didn’t have her car, I don’t know how I am to buy and lug all these things by myself.

Our first stop was Nitori
Shelf lining sheets that are somehow equipped with bug chasing abilities x 4 ¥815
Vacuucum pack for futon ¥514
Vacuum pack for clothes ¥822
Water filter ¥2,027 (lasts only for 3 months, before needing to change the refill)
Water kettle ¥1,933
Digital clock ¥1,028
Aromatic Defuser ¥1,825 (will only use after the humid summer is over)
Hangers x 30 ¥599
Fan ¥2,149

Total Damage: ¥11,713 (One ¥10,000 note gone)
It was still pretty decent. I was expecting

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Feet, Microwave, NHK, Bicycle

I was nearly at the train station before I realised I didn’t have my wallet with me.
So I had to run back to my apartment; while cursing under my breath. I so do not want to be late. It has only been exactly a week since I started work. My feet started to hurt. They were not in a good condition after yesterday’s interpretation. I didn’t want to be late. I considered changing into my sneakers after I grabbed my wallet, but meh – it would take some time to wear my socks and all. Also, I didn’t want to be informal.

I missed the train. Waited for the next one. As I waited, I → Read more