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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.
Posted in: New law takes aim at Japan's glut of vacant houses
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!
Posted in: We make decisions on compensation after checking individual circumstances.
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
sakuralaOct. 01, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
tapiOca: I don't see what you are going on about. Shimane is on the sea of Japan side of Japan. There was a call for a boat in Japanese waters to be rescued late in the evening on Tuesday even though it sunk on Tuesday morning. Perhaps that was a communication issue but there is nothing pointing to that. Then a rescue boat dispatched to the scene. It can take time to get things organized and I don't see any need for helicopters going out at night with limited visability. The rescue boat was able to get to the scene and safely rescued 5 people. It is sad that others are missing but I don't think that the coast gaurd is to blame here.
sakuralaSep. 12, 2014 - 03:24PM JST
Titanium: Tiger mosquitos have been in Japan for ages and only have recently have started carrying and spreading the disease. It is possible for scientists to determine which ones are carrying certain diseases and which ones aren't.
It is possible that mosquitos which carry the dangue fever have came from another country via international transport or even the winds. With that in mind, it is possible that the mosquitos that are carrying the disease have spread to other parts of Japan by the same manner.
I am very thankful for those 2 facts because the tiger mosquitos love me! 3 bites in the 10 seconds it took me to walk from my car to my house yesterday...
Posted in: No. of dengue fever cases stands at 104 in 15 prefectures
sakuralaJul. 17, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
And still no direct flights to Canada from Kansai or Chubu. Thanks air Canada.
Posted in: Air Canada launches Dreamliner flights to Haneda
sakuralaJul. 13, 2014 - 02:47PM JST
Nope. I don't think this should even be considered as a nomination. IMO there has to be active steps and positive actions in order to get the peace prize....just not going to war for a couple of decades doesn't really make the cut. But I'll let the Kira Kira eyed housewife have her dream.
Posted in: Campaigners push for pacifist Japanese people to win Nobel Peace Prize
sakuralaJul. 04, 2014 - 10:09AM JST
Ya, no....I don't think I would want to trade my comfortable lifestyle for theirs. I am sure most of them would rather not be in that situation but have had to come to terms with it because of the difficulties of getting out of the situation. Also, I cannot imagine how stressful it must be to constantly be scavaging in hopes to have enough money for a meal, dealing with the extreme temperatures and generally worrying about people who may decide to take away their house or beat them up.
Posted in: Homeless in Japan and still earning a decent salary
sakuralaJul. 04, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
Sounds great! But more priority seating doesn't fix the problem of people not wanting to give up their seats. It would be great if the standadized their trains in the Tokyo area to allow for safety gates to be built at all the stations...but it doesn't seem like that is a goal of theirs.
Posted in: Yamanote line trains to get new look
sakuralaJun. 15, 2014 - 07:00PM JST
Misleading title!!! I was expecting to read something like a balcony came loose or a railing broke. It clearly seems that this was not am accident so to say "fell" is quite misleading. I am trying to avoid reading about parents killing their kids and this just made me sick.
Posted in: 3 children, mother fall to deaths from 14th floor of Chiba condo
sakuralaJun. 13, 2014 - 10:29AM JST
I wish that studies like this would focus on what kinds of red meat are being ingested. I am sure that there is a world of a difference between a proper steak and ground beef (complete with pink slime) when it comes to health matters.
Posted in: Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer
sakuralaMay. 21, 2014 - 05:26PM JST
I agree that some of these have nothing to do with ramen but rather general etiquette.
Here's my list
1) Going to a new ramen restaurant that neither member has been to before. If it is disgusting than blame will be placed.
2) Going to a ramen shop that is overly loud or rowdy for someone who isn't into that type of thing.
3) Going to one that is hardly passing basic health codes or has very dirty bathrooms.
4) Going to a smoke filled one if one member is a non-smoker. Try to go to one that has divided sections or smoke free times.
5) Going to one that has individuall ramen booths...it would make it tough to communicate and share the experience.
Any others that I missed?
Posted in: Japanese women reveal six pitfalls to watch out for on your ramen date
sakuralaMay. 21, 2014 - 12:36PM JST
Well, I know that with all of the millions of disposable income that I have thanks to Abenomics, I will be sure to jet all around Japan in order to support new baseball teams for all their games. Surely others would do the same with all of their cash thats piled up under their futons or in JA banks.
Goodness...he has really lost touch with reality, hasn't he. Maybe if his idea is turned down, he will turn to the ever so popular AKB approach. One for every region, no...city....no, even better...TOWN! Then they all can compete with their mini-skirts and bring all the money in. Blah.
Posted in: Abe's new plan to beat deflation: more baseball teams
Mar. 06, 2015 - 07:24AM JST
....and it will be completed....not soon but only after cost goes up and up !
Posted in: Construction of 2020 Olympic stadium to start in October
Mar. 06, 2015 - 07:22AM JST
Both countries have already passed huge defense budget....i feel hurt.
Posted in: Japan, China to hold first security talks in four years
Mar. 06, 2015 - 07:18AM JST
Transport ministry to investigate how deer got on runway at New Chitose Airport
form a panel…
Posted in: Transport ministry to investigate how deer got on runway at New Chitose Airport
Mar. 06, 2015 - 07:14AM JST
Singapore is safer than Japan.Walk around the streets and be assured of your personal safety.
Posted in: German vandals ordered jailed, caned in Singapore
Mar. 06, 2015 - 07:12AM JST
However, ISIS issuing a hostage threat doesn't mean it is okay to kill some British citizen…
Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked