Getting a Hanko in Japan – Shachihata

I didn’t like the first hanko I got when I came to Japan because I always had to carry an ink pad with me together with it. So I started my search for a hanko that had a reservoir of ink in it.

As always, I found myself purchasing what I wanted on Amazon.
Here’s what I got → Shachihata One Touch Hanko Capless 9
They had various designs for the case, and I was so tempted to get the cat design, but the difference in price between black and cat was ¥2,450… so I stuck to the simple black case.

Please note!!! If your name is longer than 5 Kanas, please do not purchase this!
(This includes small つs)

After you place your order, they will send you the hanko case together with an instruction manual-like thing.
*DO NOT throw away this manual, you will need the barcode when creating your name stamp!

Once you receive it, go to https://id.shachihata.co.jp/mypage/
You will have to sign up for an account first before placing your order for them to create your name to be used with your hanko. Click on the pink-red button that says 新規会員登録.

Here’s the sign-up form translated by yours truly.
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How to get people to tell you the price of those year-end parties (and new year parties)

So.
It’s the time for year-end parties.
You might even have been invited to some new year ones as well.

Most of those invites mean well. They would like you to join in the festivities, get drunk, and have a good time. But maybe, like me, you are concerned about the price. The price that they somehow left out in the details.

Would you like to come to this place at this time if you are free?
“I would if it’s not going to burn another hole in my pocket”
is something you can’t really say because there is a need to keep the WA.

So try replying to that email with something like this. → Read more

Eat That Frog – How to get things done productively

I have always loved to read self-help books.
They motivate me a lot.

Today, I would like to introduce and summarise the book called “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy. It introduces this great concept of doing the most important, biggest, and hardest task first without procrastination. This will get you motivated throughout the day to complete the rest of your tasks.

However, although the ideas are great, I found the book to be very repetitive for me. Some people might like the style of writing, but I couldn’t get through the whole book. So I searched for a good summary of the book online and found this.

But even then, it was still repetitive, so I made my own summary.
I hope this will help someone!
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The Habit of Tracking Expenses

I have been tracking my expenses quite successfully for about a year in my home country before coming to Japan. I would diligently key in whatever I have purchased straight after I bought them, or kept receipts to enter them in later. I did all these because I read that a person who is in control of their financial situation has a much better control of their life overall. However, after coming to Japan, I stopped doing this. Reason being I did not → 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 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. You should be able to feel it opening when you are used to it. 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 where it isn’t all that popular yet. I typed in “生理カップ” on Amazon, and most → Read more

How to sort and handle trash to prevent bugs in Japan

A big hello to those who are about to step into Japan, the country that has a reputation for crazy trash sorting!

I am here to tell you that you will most likely receive a huge poster or a guidebook in English that explains how to sort the trash, so not to worry! It is different from prefecture to prefecture, and even for places within the prefecture, so it is best to refer to your own guide. Some places are strict, others less so.

Most items can be sorted into burnable and non-burnable waste. They will only be collected on certain days of the week. Food waste, which can be classified under burnable, rot faster in the summer. I suggest that you → Read more

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!