The 22nd is the Enthronement Ceremony in Japan and I have not got my invitation in the mail. Clearly the post office has messed up, right? Maybe I should just show up so as not to embarazada the new emperor.
What does one wear to an enthronement? A megalomaniac would know I bet. I’ll ask DocLor or Haakon.
Tomorrow, October 1, 2019, will be the day the Japanese government will take an extra two cents(yen) out of most 100 cents(yen) of purchases. Here is an article to explain the wonderful world of Japanese Consumption taxes. This tax hike will be confusing because on some things it will be still 8%. For example if you buy something at Starbucks you will pay 8% if you order it to go but 10% if you sit in the restaurant and eat it.
John, on my Ratburger.org contract do I have a “cost of tax” clause? Will I get a 2% increase in salary?
I am living in the Celsius world so at 30 degrees and above (86 plus) it becomes unbearable here. It stays about that temp for only a few weeks but it sure seems longer (like months). But if it goes down by only about 3 degrees (6) life gets back to normal. Luckily, next week the temp will go down by those three degrees. The Sweat Sock gets to be just a Sock then.
I am reminded of the old days here before air conditioning. If one could one just left for the summer to a cooler clime. For those who couldn’t would fanned themselves and opened all the windows and try to get a breeze going through the house. ... [Read More]
I added baby to the title just to get the alliteration.
I was hassled by a friend to make bone broth. Up to a few months ago I never thought about bone broth or ever thought I would want it if I did. I thought broth was something in a can made by Swanson’s. It turns out it is something you can make at home and I did it.... [Read More]
Edamame are soybeans that are boiled or steamed. You pop them out of their pods into your mouth. They are a great snack. Usually they are salted. Recently I have bought the frozen ones since they aren’t in season yet. Mmm, they are good.
Since I have come to Japan I have found stationery stores to be fun. It is because Japanese are really into handwriting and have some of the best pens and pencils on the planet. I remember buying a mechanical pencil that advanced the lead in a new way. Instead of clicking the top one shook the whole pen. There is some neat stuff.
Not that I would ever need it but correcting things have gone through various stages. The first was the white liquid that dried to write over it. The second was a little correction tape cartridge to cover over the mistake. The third was a small roll of Post-it like paper to cover things and writing on the paper. Now, people use a new type of pen with ink that disappears when you rub it. The increase in temperature causes this.... [Read More]
I just came back from a store. It has a parking lot that charges only after the first hour. It used to have the typical gate that opens and you take a card with a time stamp. NOW they take a picture of my car and its license plate. When I get done with shopping I go to a “Big Brother” machine and punch in my license plate number. After I put in the number it shows me a photo of my car and asks for money if I have parked over an hour. (I like free so I shop quickly. No dimes left my hands.) I then drive off the lot. There is no gate I have to pass through on exit but I am sure a camera gets a picture of my departure.
The system works by recording the car license. And if you didn’t pay the right amount and drove off, the police or collection agency would come after you. They probably put in this system because there is a sports stadium nearby and people were working the old system and paying the right amounts. Now they know exactly how long a car has stayed. Before you could switch time stamp cards with someone and get out of paying a lot.... [Read More]
Well, this is for June 4th. In Japanese, numbers can make words easily. 6 can have the “mu” pronunciation and 4 can be “shi”. “Mushi” means dental cavity. So June 6th is Dental Cavity Day. Okay technically Fight Against Dental Cavity Day but I like the looser translation.