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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

Finding my old Japanese letter

I came across a picture of a memo that I left for my Japanese tour guests when I was freelancing as a tour guide in the year 2014. Reading it now makes me cringe. It says

こんばんは、ガイドのTorazakanaです。
すみません、集合場所の変更をお知らせに参りました。

4階のロビーではなくって、1階、エレベーターの場所から、左側の椅子で集合お願い致します。これは毎回の29日、30日、2日の場所に対してです。
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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

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

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