Torazakana’s Food Lifestyle

I am a person who eats to live, and not one who lives to eat. Anyone who knows me well enough can tell you that I sometimes grumble about why humans require food to survive.

It has been more than 10 months since I arrived here and started living by myself. When I first came here, my lunch was food from my work canteen, and my dinner was something off the ready-made bento rack from the nearby supermarket most of the time. I gradually grew sick of my dinner bentos after a couple of months and decided to → Read more

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Falling Sick

My throat started hurting, and then it turned into a cold – with chills, headache, slight pain in joints and a hint of a fever. I couldn’t think straight and felt cold even though the temperature was at 29 degrees. Had to use two hours of 代休 (off in lieu) and leave work at 15:00 to crash into bed – but not before texting BF to help buy me some sandwiches for dinner. At about 17:30, BF came over with not only sandwiches but soba and salad – as well as a hamburg bento set for himself. He also got me this Oral Rehydration Solution that is supposed to taste good when you’re sick but awful when you’re well. It tasted good. Damn.

We watched a couple of → Read more

GW3 – Using a Menstrual Cup

My period came. On the start of Golden Week. At first, I was annoyed – of all days! However, later I realised that there’s no better time than to try out my menstrual cup that I bought from Amazon a few months back.

For those who do not know what a menstrual cup is, it is an alternative to pads and tampons. It is first folded and pinched, then inserted into the vagina. Once inserted, it will often unfold automatically and create a seal against the vaginal walls. However, it is recommended that you twist the cup a little to ensure that it is fully open. Most cups are shaped like a bell with a stem and made of flexible silicone. They collect the menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it and should be emptied once every 6-12 hours (depending on your flow and cup size). It is also reusable for a couple of years – numbers vary according to how you care for it, and the quality of your cup.

I read that it will take some people three months (three periods) to get used to using the cup, so I prepared myself for the worst. It also costs quite an amount of money – especially if you buy it in Japan. I typed in “生理カップ” on Amazon, and most → Read more

Sorry for the slow updates

Hello to all my readers, old and new. Sorry about the decrease in frequency of my posts.

I have gotten myself a 10 year diary from Amazon – in specific, this one and have been since preoccupied with it. I must say that I highly recommend it. The real fun begins on the second year though – when you can see what happened exactly a year before. I know Facebook and some other social media or applications do this as well, but it just feels different to pen it down and flip the actual pages of a diary. It will be one of the first things I will rescue if a natural disaster were to happen. So, anyway, I have been diligently filling in my diary since the start of January this year. Thus, my attention and energy are on it instead of this blog. However, I will still continue this blog, as the things I write and blog about are significantly different. In addition, the main purpose of this blog is to provide interesting and useful insights to a CIR’s job, living in Japan, and anything related to languages and Japan in particular. I will, however, probably be slow with my reading of other blogs, updating of my own, and replying from hereon.

Thank you for your continuous support! 🙂

Miracle Morning

After a session of meditation practice – which I haven’t done in months – my brain reminded myself that I used to follow Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning. I have been neglecting it since – I don’t know when – and I would like to pick it up again. I hope that I will be able to manage it. My mornings are way weaker here than they are in my home country. Be striving to keep things up again – it’s time for S.A.V.E.R.S!

#1 KonMari – Reading the Book

I spent nearly the whole day reading KonMari’s first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever.

It was really inspiring. Living in a house that has been passed down for generations after generations amongst the coordinators for international relations, my house – just didn’t feel like my house. Even till now. Sure, after living in it for more than five months now, it is beginning to feel more like my house. However, there are places where I have yet to tackle and closets that I have yet to open. I feel like I should do something about it, but the thought that I won’t be staying in this house forever discourages me from doing something about it. I do know that this is a place I stay in, and thus I should take care of it – even though it was not originally mine.

After reading the book, my mindset has changed as to how I perceive my house to be – before even tidying it! I used to complain about how cold it was in my house – it still is by the way – how the air-conditioner was broken – it still is by the way – but. Now, I can feel → Read more