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sakuralaJul. 27, 2015 - 02:54PM JST
Jeff: It really depends on what is classified as a bathroom though. A lot of places have 1.5 baths....which can mean another toilet or full out bathroom. My house in Japan has 3 in that case...a men's urinal, a toilet and a shower room. I also think most newer houses in Japan have 2 toilets, one for each floor.
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sakuralaJul. 26, 2015 - 12:49PM JST
Jeff: My Canadian home only had 1 bathroom for its 4 bedrooms and was small. I had to wait long stretches of time for family members to finish their bath to pee or wait for our water heater tank to have enough for a shower after someone took a bath. I hated it and love my Japanese bathroom.
As for using bath water for the laundry, it's only on the cycles that add soap. On my washing machine you can even choose to only use it for the first time the washing machine is filled with water and the second and final cycle will be fresh water. The final rinse cycle is always fresh water.
sakuralaJul. 12, 2015 - 09:39AM JST
Seems like a fairly light punishment. I sat seiza for 1 hour at 30 weeks pregnant but the only issue I had was tingly legs when I stood up. I think these students should be able handle 20 minutes on tile. If it was on glass or jagged rocks, then there would be a reason to complain.
Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late
sakuralaJun. 05, 2015 - 12:43PM JST
2 more interesting ones for you. You can get nanohana ice cream in the northern part of Aomori. Nanohana is the flower used to make canola oil and margarine...it tastes like frozen margarine. I have also tried asparagus ice cream in Shiga. The shop that sells it is still working on its recipe but it's a very light flavor and it topped with some delicious yuzu.
Posted in: Japan’s 10 weirdest ice cream flavors
sakuralaJun. 01, 2015 - 06:58PM JST
Just looked at the photo montage and it looks like they screwed up big time! In the past that area was all roped off and only event organizers could enter that area. In fact they even roped off a nearby bridge during the big kite event. I wonder why they changed it this year.
Posted in: 700-kg kite plunges into crowd, injuring 4 people
sakuralaJun. 01, 2015 - 02:59PM JST
This happened just across the river from my house. The kite is huge and take a big truck to bring the pieces to the event where it is then assembled. It is made from bamboo and very heavy paper or maybe cardboard. 700 kg seems like a lot but it really does weigh that much. It takes a team of people to attempt to get it up in the air (complete with the kite festival princesses who fan it). Yesterday was a crazy windy day which helped it get up quite high but made it difficult to control. They probably shouldn't have let it get up so high. The area they keep roped off for safety doesn't seem like it would be right for how high the kite was flying yesterday. Luckily I watched it from my balcony instead of the festival yesterday.
sakuralaMay. 27, 2015 - 12:03PM JST
I'm so happy to hear this! Last time JT write about this, I mentioned that I live in an area with lots of old dilapidated houses that are fire and vermin hazards. 2 days after, one of the occupied houses caught fire and nearly cause nearby abandoned structures to also go up in flames. Luckily everyone survived but sadly the demolition company only took away the burnt house's remains and left the other windowless leaning structures standing. The elderly lady had fire insurance but was so distraught because the house was where she had spent a good chunk of her life and her husband just passed away a few weeks before.
Posted in: Law goes into effect allowing derelict vacant houses to be demolished
sakuralaMar. 16, 2015 - 02:43PM JST
No one said it definitely was PPD but it does seem like a very likely cause. Many women don't get help because they don't think they have it, don't want to acknowledge it or fear that if they do ask for help, that their baby will be taken away. It's very sad. I think it's very easy to just sit back and say that she is immature or didn't want the baby so tried to kill it and therefor she is evil and we should pick her up. Iit lessens our responsibility as a society to make helping women with PPD feel empowered to ask for help when they are at their weakest.
Posted in: Woman arrested for attempting to drown one-week-old daughter
sakuralaMar. 16, 2015 - 01:54PM JST
Hopefully none of you will ever have to experience PPD first hand. It can come on suddenly and intensely. It causes one to act irrationally like this. Yes, a healthy person would know to ask for help but a sleep deprived mother who suddenly hits a wall may not have that capacity or may not even have a support system depending on circumstances.
I can only hope that I will be able to escape PPD after the birth of my second in a couple of weeks.
sakuralaMar. 11, 2015 - 01:10PM JST
Looks like some good tips for me to keep in mind with #2 due in a couple of weeks. Glad I didn't switch my daughter to a toddler bed now too.
Posted in: Some tips on parenting 2 kids under 2
sakuralaFeb. 18, 2015 - 02:51PM JST
For the most part I have found traveling in Japan to be very easy. I've almost been to every prefecture now and haven't run into many problems but this is my list:
1) lack of online up to date bus information for smaller cities. Sometimes buses only go to some stops during summer but it isn't made clear online.
2) ATM hours and holidays. This goes more for international tourists but it is very frustrating when you can't easily access your money.
3) The tours that all seem to clump together. I wish that there was a way to require 5 minutes or so between your groups entering a tourist sight. Sometimes I see 3 groups going in back to back and know that I wouldn't be able to weave through that mass of people. I try to get where I'm going as it just opens to avoid this.
Posted in: What are some of the challenges that you've encountered when traveling in Japan?
sakuralaFeb. 17, 2015 - 10:53AM JST
I'm so happy to see that they might actually do something about this issue. I live in the countryside and there are at least 20 "houses" in my neighborhood that are not only decrepit, but actually a fire and vermin hazard. I know the land isn't in high demand but it's frightening how dangerous those leaning buildings can be especially during typhoon season. Hopefully they will lower the taxes for land with no buildings on it as well so there is some positive to remove dangerous structures even if they don't want to sell the land.
sakuralaJan. 16, 2015 - 01:17PM JST
Very interesting! I looked up my last name and found out that there are only about 200 people with the same last name. But that only puts me a quarter of the way down the list...
Posted in: Finding the origin and prevalence of Japanese surnames just got easier
sakuralaJan. 14, 2015 - 02:54PM JST
I've found the medical care in Japan to be amazing. I have been to hospitals and clinics more than I would like to think about but for the most part everyone was very caring and I was able to get the care I needed. I find the doctors do tend to be on the cautious side and like the idea of bed rest for pregnency more than what would be expected in Canada but I guess it is better safe than sorry. The food is hit or miss at any hospital but at my birthing clinic, I think they have some sort of gourmet chef on hand! Delicious!
I also think that emergency care seems scary but I know my city's hospital does an incredible job. My niece got appendicitis on new years eve a couple of years back and was admitted and had surgery by the morning of the 1st. It is just a matter of knowing where to go in such cases.
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of medical care at hospitals in Japan?
sakuralaJan. 09, 2015 - 01:47PM JST
Matsue in Shimane. It has a beautiful historic castle, great traditional area and foreigner discounts. It's also close to the Adachi Museum which has great art and an amazing Japanese garden (1/2 price for foreigners!!) on top of all that, people are very friendly and helpful.
Posted in: What are some must-see places or must-do experiences you would recommend to visitors coming to Japan?
sakuralaJan. 09, 2015 - 01:42PM JST
I wish that companies and schools were more strict about the flu. If someone has the flu, they should be made to stay at home until the test comes back negative. That's what my company is doing to me at the moment. Yes, I will be using my paid holidays but I tend to reserve those for sick days anyway, if more places did this, the flu would probably be minimized.
sakuralaDec. 06, 2014 - 09:52AM JST
Althiugh I agree that giving birth at home may be good for some, it's definately not good for all and there needs to be serious consideration taken when deciding. Hospitals will always have a higher rate of intervention but that is because they are often dealing with patients who are higher risk than midwives. Some midwives will refuse to assist in high risk births and recommend their client use a hospital. It is really hard to say who is the best candidate for home births because complications can arise at anytime and some midwives or home births may not be able to react in time for a positive outcome.
Posted in: Giving birth better at home than at hospital
sakuralaOct. 31, 2014 - 03:59PM JST
Zichi: Thanks for clearning that up!
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sakuralaOct. 02, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
The story has changed a lot since my posting as well. Maybe JT could do us a favor and inform the readers of when it has been amended / completely changed.
Posted in: Coast guard searching for 9 missing after Chinese ship sinks off Shimane
sakuralaOct. 02, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
I feel like I am in the minority here. I think they should legalize gambling soon then put a high tax on it. There is already enough gambling around but it skirts the need to pay taxes. If gambling becomes legal, than they will surely have to pay taxes. some of which could go into a fund to help people be educated and help about gambling addictions. This will help families that suffer from the extreme end of gambling as well as possibly help the economy.
Rickvee: I totally agree and with most things in Japan, the real issue lies in who is going to line the politicians pockets.
Posted in: Costs, politics erode chances for a Tokyo casino by 2020
Jul. 31, 2015 - 10:19PM JST
No, Jeff, I am not new to Japan. That's was a little bit of a patronising…
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Jul. 31, 2015 - 10:17PM JST
Watch what you eat if you live in east Japan.
That kind of rubbish advice…
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"Let’s compare that to the isotopic levels we would find in the Pacific Ocean if Fukushima…
Jul. 31, 2015 - 10:16PM JST
I live next to an office building and I'm not sure I would want it to…
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Jul. 31, 2015 - 10:11PM JST
Sadly there are some SERIOUS homophobes here on JT. It's sad really, when one stops and…
Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships