Source: 世論 What Japan Thinks
The company Link and Communication, who make an AI health advisor mobile app called Calomama, surveyed their users about mental and physical health changes since the State of Emergency was declared.
I’m working from home, and my walking distance has been reduced from an average of 10,000 steps to about 500 or so. However, it’s been great for my stress levels, even though I find myself doing much more overtime than I did in the office. Due to the wonders of modern technology, I can log into my beefy work PC and do 95% of what I need to do.
Even better, the company has extended work at home for the forseeable future; the target is less than 50% per team commuting, but I think our team is under 10% right now.
Here’s a random Japan home office that is much more exiting than mine:
Source: Gaijin Pot
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world has started working from home to keep the show going. In Japan, those of us who were fortunate enough to be able to work remotely have all gone through particular phases within our teleworking stints. Perhaps one day we can look back on what it was like to work from home, at a nearby izakaya on a Friday night.
The diligent worker
The first phase we all evolve from. The highly-caffeinated, ready to clack away at our keyboards phase. This is something you want to aim for, and something that’ll make your bosses proud (if you could even see them through Zoom with their outdated webcams).
The no pants
With all the technological advancements made by Japan, we have yet to see a webcam that stretches to your bottom half. Ergo, no need for pants if your co-workers can only see the top, right? Think of this as the halfway point between the diligent worker and a just plain lazy bum.
Ah yes, now we’re at the point where we’ve begun to let loose even more. In other words, during our breaks (or when the boss isn’t looking) we have a video loop of us paying attention while we simultaneously surf the internet and catch up on Animal Crossing turnip prices. The best part about working from home is the flexibility, of course.
The work from bed
Okay, now you’re just plain lazy. Get out of bed and get some work done! At the very least, you could slide onto the floor next to you and finish some tasks.
In the end, we all have to do what’s best for us. Watch the video above for more types including the one who just splashes water on their face and considers it a shower. Close …continue reading
Rice cookers are a staple of Japanese kitchens. After using them in China, and now in Japan, I’ve discovered how versatile they can be.
Many people believe that you can only make rice in a rice cooker, but just because the name tells you so doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with it. There are loads of simple dishes and drinks that can be made in a rice cooker in under an hour—and with minimum preparation. Here are three of my favorite rice cooker recipes perfect for the rainy season ahead.
1. Spiced French toast casserole with azuki spread
A great recipe that can be eaten for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Serves: 4 Cook time: 45 minutes
Source: Gaijin Pot
Going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience on its own, let alone going to the dentist in a country where you only have an elementary grasp of the language?
I remember the time I urgently needed dental care. I’d gone on countless trips to the dentist as a kid, but this pain was unlike anything I’ve felt before. It started on the morning of my second month in Japan, and I recall frantically scouring the internet for the nearest dentist in my area. In the end, they had to do an extraction, and now I wear a removable tooth.
Unsurprisingly, most, if not all, the dentists I found only spoke Japanese. In Tokyo, clinics with English speaking services are expensive. At the time, I was more stressed about effectively making my dental appointment than the actual pain I felt in my tooth.
Going to the dentist isn’t fun, but we can make the process easier. In this kanji guide, you’ll brush up on the basics of visiting the dentist.
Finding a clinic
If the pain is too severe, and there aren’t any English speaking clinics available, I highly suggest looking up the nearest dental clinic in your neighborhood. Search up dental clinic 歯科クリニック(shikakurinikku) and add the name of your area. If you’re looking for something a little more specialized like an orthodontist, use 歯列矯正(shiretsu kyousei).
Talking about symptoms
Once you’ve successfully found a clinic, you’ll need to describe the pain you’re feeling and where you’re feeling it. For your canine teeth, use 犬歯 (kenshi) or 切歯 (sesshi) for your incisors. Next, if you think you may …continue reading
Source: Spoon & Tamago
the facade of the new museum, which re-opened on May 26, 2020 Opened in 1933, the Kyoto Enthronement Memorial Museum of Art would go on to survive a world war and multiple natural disasters to become Japan’s oldest public art museum. Built in what was known as the Crown Imperial Style of architecture, its classical […]