G-san, at the door

The open door policy
Why so deep thinking
I’ve given a green light..

It’s interesting, our other cat Chobi is the first cat came to our home, and G-san is the second cat.

I think our rooms, located on the first floor, are considered as Chobi’s property.

When G-san comes down, Chobi definitely joins.

G-san, sometimes wait for Chobi, sometimes steps in without pause, no consistency no clue.

Cats will be walking around and/or yawning besides me while wfh, and now it is clear that a work place with cats or dogs around is able to provide relaxing atmosphere therefore it enhances productivity.

Yet sometimes I need to welcome G-san at the door with patient.

He meows and just sitting right outside for a while, and climbs back steps to the second floor.

I just laugh, it’s funny and always effective way to defuse tension.


Compare 2020 and 2021

Just like December, Jan ends instantly. It’s already 17th.

Last Feb we went to Okinawa. Now I see how reckless it was, but we didn’t think corona may have devastated the world this much.

Okinawa baseball camp 2020

One year ago, we were wearing masks.

There wasn’t strong “social distancing” concept yet, but we were putting masks on, washed our hands, and applied hygienic handrub anytime we see the stand.

and it’s 2021, 365 days later, there is still no sign of lowering the number of infection.

It looks like worsening. I don’t hear any news of slowing down, even after a state of emergency declared.

We have given up things which used to be allowed, gradually we have gotten used to it.

And probably we have to give up more things from now on.

I watch news on TV every day, Japanese news, BBC, CNN.

Read news articles on the Internet.

A shocking sight can only give an impact a few times, and it’d ease up with time.

Our minds have become numb with coronavirus.

Where did this come from and where will this go away and when.

In February, Japanese Professional Baseball team Dena Baystars will hold its regular Spring Camp in Okinawa.

A Beautiful inlet

We are hoping to join again, if circumstance allows after the state of emergency ends.

I know there would be a very tiny possibility.

But our daily activities are the flow of blood when I see a country of Japan as a giant person. It’s important to keep it flow.

What I can do is protect myself and others, don’t get caught by Covid-19 while outing.

To do so I’ll behave myself, pay maximum attention to public hygiene.

No eat out, but eat in.

Wish the restaurant had survived the recession.

A hedge between keeps friendship green

Currently we are repairing a wall between our house and a next door on the left.

The wall made by block was 80 years old or older, and started collapsing from the side facing to the left side neighbor, so we had to rebuild as soon as possible.

It was fortunate that we were notified the situation before it’s actually fully collapsed.

A wall

In Japan, maintaining a clear border around the house is important to avoid troubles between next doors.

Even if we think we are getting on well each other, when one house causes a trouble implied complaint or discontent suddenly appears.

We are sensitive to infringement of our private property, regardless of the degree and intention.

One day in last Nov, I realized my room’s hot water supply(1) was broken. I told my mom, she said I should call an appliance store man who we know quite long time, we may call him dad’s old friend.

We know him for 30 years or so. He attended my dad’s funeral.

He is really kind and has good footwork. I wasn’t surprised that he visited our house on the next day.

He looked around and mentioned about the other hot water supply(2) is tilted a bit to the next door.

Right. I said I know, I’m aware.

Until that moment I didn’t think much about a risk of it.

waiting for the new base to be dried.

He said it’s better fix the concrete base for (2).

the water tank weighs 400kg it might fall to the next door if there is an earthquake..

He’s happened to had a similar work recently for another customer.

Based on the advice, we next called our housing manufacturer that has built our house. They investigate and provide us an estimation for a base and a water supply task, and schedule.

When they came they pointed out the wall condition is also not okay.

All checking and planning took a month.

My hot water supply (1) has been working fine.

and finally the construction has begun.

On day1, (1) removed and replaced, (2) temporary removed and a concrete base fixed.

On day2, removal of the wall.

On day3, continue the removal and a preparation of fence poles.

On the day2, Japan declared a state of emergency..

For today and tomorrow, the construction halt as the concrete needs to be dried.

the remaining work will be done on next week.

I met neighbors on our left and right in the morning of day3.

First I deeply bowed and apologized the noise and trouble we have caused so far, and asked for their patience a few more days.

This is seriously important to express that we are fully responsible for the trouble.

Straightforward, sincere, genuine word from the heart and say “sorry for the trouble”.

Otherwise they may feel ignored and our attitude will be taken “disrespectful”.

(we can not expect them to understand what we think without actually saying.)

I think neighborhood is one of “common destiny” whether like it or not.

It’s a secondary community next to family.

Unlike family, neighbors can change by changing where to live,

but once becomes adult it’s not easy like it was used to be,

therefore shifting to get along with the neighbors.

Always be nice and patient, say hello whenever we meet.

I often talk to elder neighbors who live alone. we have four, five of them around.

Talking, laughing together and caring for them like I care my mom.

We do think differently, love different things, yet we can live together if we breathe before speak and speak kindly, don’t put own favor first.

A State of emergency 7/1/2021

Yes, we are again under self-restraint for one month.

It was obvious that people returned to a daily life since last summer or fall, of course the wearing-mask rate is 100% or really close to it, but this Covid-19 virus was stronger than predicted.

Someone said, “don’t know what else we can do?” for in-the-street interview.

That’s most of Japanese population are thinking,

but I personally know there are some people who take the matter less seriously.

Life isn’t fair from the beginning, yet I wish people follow the instruction will have priority than people don’t follow or respect the instruction when they are in queue for the sickbed.

Don’t know if value of life between those two is equal.