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! 🙂

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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

Tackling the Cold

It’s extremely cold in my house. Whenever I shift from one room to another, I need to endure the cold. It takes forever for my rooms to heat up with this tiny little heater I have. Thus, an idea 閃いた (to flash into one’s mind). I will make my bedroom livable by making it my Study Room, Shamisen Practising Room and probably even my Dining Room at times as well. The three above-mentioned activities were usually done in my living room instead. After this make-over, I only need to heat up my bedroom and just stay in it forever. Yes.

#4 Fukayomi – Cash vs Cashless

The world is slowly making the switch from cash to cashless – more and more people pay with cards these days. Just how much is one able to use their card (or virtual cards in phones) to pay at various locations are shown below,

China 55%
Korea 54%
America 41%
Japan 18%

According to the programme, China thinks that Japan still needs change – old country.
There is also the concern that → Japan needs to go cashless so that foreigners who do not like to use cash will purchase merchandise from Japan. Other people from other parts of the world are going cashless. A huge amount of loss is expected from → Read more

#3 Fukayomi – Malignant Claims

This week’s FUKAYOMI is about 悪質クレーム (malignant claims; which is basically a customer complaining and seeking compensation unreasonably) on front-line staff. Such ‘claims’ are, including, but not limited to, an inappropriate demand of money or items, unreasonable requests, complaints without valid reasons, and continuous complaints.

It is often said that the Customer is God in certain countries and industries.
In Japan, the concept of おもてなし (hospitality) is already very strong, but front-line staff are subjected to → Read more