Attacks on KonMari

I have only just realised that there is a tendency for people to judge something they haven’t even tried. Instead of trying, they decide on whether they like it or not from the words of others or from articles written by others, and just stop there.

I understand this helps people save time, as there are probably many things they want to do, so they can’t possibly check out every single doubt they hold, but it just reminds me that many things go unnoticed and untried with the biases we carry.

I wrote this in relation to the recent KonMari attacks. People who have never seen her books are making comments like
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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

#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.

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