Friday, April 30, 2021

20 years

Today marks twenty years since I moved to Japan (pre-blog)

Some days it feels like a long time ago, some days it doesn't.

So many things have happened in that time.

Good...bad...mostly good.

Thankful for this blog and all of those that take the time to read it.

Thankful for this life.

Changing the subject, Tokyo as well as Hyogo, Kyoto and Osaka are currently in a state of emergency (the 3rd one). 

It actually started on Sunday (when we were in Kyoto).

My understanding of this state of emergency is that no one is supposed to leave their prefecture.

Since Japan's constitution says these state of emergencies are "request" only, they can only request that we do not leave our prefecture...

I really think they should create temporary laws so that at least shops can refuse serving those who do not wear masks and arrest the people who insist on drinking/partying out in public.

Tokyo’s case numbers went back up to 1000 yesterday and the variant cases are now 60%...hopefully everyone will take this state of emergency seriously even though it is Golden Week, which started yesterday.

On a happy note, it is shakuyaku season (chinese peony).

I picked some up from our neighborhood florist and am happy they are all blooming.

Hope you are doing well, keeping your spirits up and taking things one day at a time.

Please stay safe and have a good weekend.


Anonymous said...

congratulations on your 20th anniversary as a transplant. Sure wish I had the courage to do something like that. I really appreciate your blog, learn so much from it, and thoroughly enjoy your insights and photos. Hope it continues for more than 20 more years!

It really is scary to see those numbers of cases especially when Japan is
lagging vaccinations.

Test of true love when Satoshi is retired and you are both staying safe at home as much as possible, LOL

K and S said...

V there are days when we drive each other krazy!

Take care!

KirkK said...

Wow 20 years Kat! Amazing. Stay safe and take care!

jalna said...

Wow!! How time flies yah!

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk, you stay safe too!

Too fast Jalna!

Take care you two!

Rowena said...

gah! I'm sorry I missed this post (was recuperating from the big lawn redo).

I just hope the covid situation won't blow up to the point where the gov will have no choice but to apply draconian measures to the problem; we been there, done that, and now Italy is on the mend. I pray that it's on the mend for good.

K and S said...

Hoping Italy is on the mend too Rowena!

Take care.