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New Normal

Japanese government lifted the State of Emergency on 26 May 2020.

Businesses started to reopen.

I had my spa; however, there are new routines to be added such as taking body temperature at the entrance, beauticians wearing mask and plastic face shield and during my hair treatment, I continue wearing my mask.

Italian dinner at IL FIGO INGORDO Roppongi.

The restaurant has taken away tables to half to provide enough distance between tables.

Furthermore, they operate by less staffs (2 floor staffs) and chefs (3 chefs).

Now Tokyo Metropolitan Government allows restaurants to operate till later hours (closing 10 pm from 9 pm).

I haven’t had wine for more than a month..?

It tasted so smooth and so goood!

It surely enhanced food.

I also had dessert wine and desserts: vanilla and blueberry ice cream.

Today we need to adopt new normal to enjoy our daily life.

Businesses are taking measures against COVID and I respect them to provide us safety and their considerations and efforts.

I enjoy my every days!

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Stay Home: Officially Last Day

Japanese government officially lifted the State of Emergency (Stay Home Request) for Tokyo today.

I’m gonna miss being lazy when I wake up.

On the other hand, town is getting active and cheerful.

Though we had restrictions, I had rich moments during Stay Home Period.

I started good practices such as healthy diet, self beauty care, Choco’s care and many more.

Bathing Choco

I became healthier, both physically and mentally.

I think I managed to detox my body as well as thoughts.

I like TODAY’s ME.

I should continue good practices that I started during Stay Home Period.

The State of Emergency is lifted throughout Japan but it doesn’t mean our safety is guranteed.

We still need to be careful; however, I strongly believe we can control the COVID.

Today I appreciate more what I used to have: freedom, social life, entertainment, etc.

I consider it as a wake up call so that I appreciate every moment.

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Stay Home

The government lifted the State of Emergency to 39 prefectures (states) on 14 May, 3 prefectures in Kansai/Osaka region on 21 May and plans to lift for the rest of 5 prefectures such as Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido.

Japanese government originally planned to conduct the State of Emergency till 31 May 2020; therefore, my office plans to practice work from home till 31 May 2020.

Though the government lifts the State of Emergency or Stay Home Request, it doesn’t mean our safety is guaranteed.

We still need to be extra careful.

I’m comfortable with the working environment during Stay Home Request.

This is how I work at home.

In addition, I could save commuting time to start new such as self beauty care and quality time with Choco.

I start brushing his teeth.

Now town is getting active and cheerful.

We will start new styled daily life tomorrow.

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Stay Home: Walk (Street Painting Project @ Roppongi Tunnel)

When I take Choco out for a walk (or shall I say carry because he like to be carried), I try to take him a different route.

Yes, I walk at the park often but I try the path reversing it the next day hoping to look different for Choco.

Today, we went out when it’s still bright out.

I walked a path that I haven’t tried before.

It became an exciting adventure for me as well.

It led us to the other side of Nogizaka Station or Route 319.

I walked through Roppongi Tunnel where Street Painting Project was conducted by Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

There are five street paintings.

Sometime I pass it quickly by car.

Today, I walked to see each paintings.

Now I can go for a walk when it’s still bright.

Where to try tomorrow?

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Walk Walk Walk…

On 4 May 2020, Japanese government announced the extension of the State of Emergency till end of May 2020.

Government requested businesses to continue considering closing its business (especially retailers and services) and working from home if possible.

I’m glad to know that my boss decoded to cooperate to government’s request and to continue working from home.

However, we are still require to return to office once a week to check on office and settle office administrative matters.

And today, we are required to go to the office.

Though Japanese government announced the extension of the State of Emergency and many of us will continue to work From home; I expected a large number of office staffs to go to office today because the long Japanese National Holidays, Golden Week, just ended yesterday.

As I mentioned earlier, I don’t mind to work at the office but I do mind to take a crowded subway.

The weather is getting better (20C – 28C) so I decided to walk to the office today.

It takes 1 hour walk or 4 km or 4 subway stations to the office.

On the way back, I stopped by few stores to look for and buy a battery for thermometer, bulbs and grocery.

Furthermore, today, Choco patiently waited for me so I took him for a walk.

Today I walked a total of 10 km or 18,153 steps.

Now I’m exhausted and ready to hit the bed.

This week, we need to go back to office again tomorrow; and YES, I plan to walk to the office.

I hope the waking would contribute to accelerate my weight loss. hahaha

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Stay Home: Health and Culture (Shobuyu on Kodomo no Hi – Iris Bath on Children’s Day)

It’s Japanese National Holiday, Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day).

Although the direct translation of Kodomo no Hi is Children,s Day; it is for Boys Day.

We decorate family carps, Kabuto (Japanese Samurai Armor), and etc to wish for health and prosperity.

In addition, we take a bath with Shobu (iris) to wish for winning.

The Iris, Shobu pronounces same as battle.

Taking a bath with Iris brings a health to win the battle.

And I surely want to win against COVID-19!

Choco is a boy so he takes a bath with this, too.

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Masks Have Arrived

I received this talk of town masks.

This is one of Prime Minister Abe’s counter measures against COVID-19: to deliver 2 masks per household.

Why 2 masks?

The average size of Japanese household is 2.47 persons.

Yes, our birth rate is low as 1.42 in 2018 (the latest statistics available).

I understand the budget is limited so it’s difficult to provide more; nonetheless, these masks are recyclable/washable.

The size of these masks are suited for women or children so it’s fine for me; however, I’m afraid these could be too small for men.

I still cannot find masks easily in the market so I’m thankful for these masks that I can get for free (well, technically paid by tax).

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Work From Home

Yesterday, Prime Minister Abe announced a plan to declare the State of Emergency for One Month (8 April – 6 May 2020) on today, 7 April 2020 for following prefectures:

Tokyo Kanagawa Saitama Chiba Osaka Hyogo Fukuoka

JPY 108 trillion Economic Measure etc

By reflecting case records.

Tokyo alone recorded as follows:

117 cases (4 April 2020)
145 cases (5 April 2020)
83 cases (6 April 2020)

We cannot identify the source for about 90% of cases.

My office has decided to work from home today and tomorrow.

This declaration is still requesting bases for self-restraint and doesn’t have any legal enforcement such as an arrest or fine.

Essential services will continue to operate.

We can still go out freely to supermarkets, convenient stores, drug stores, even office as need it.

I don’t have any Corona Tsukare (Corona Depression) because I’ve been commuting office every weekdays and I also had few Corona Sokai (Corona Evacuations) on weekends to enjoy fresh air when premises in Tokyo closed for weekends.

In Roppongi alone, two major shopping complex, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown Roppongi, closed last two weekends.

Events for Ohanami (Sakura viewing) are cancelled not to create the cluster.

I don’t feel suffocated by Jishuku (self-restrain) or no social life (gyms have been closed, flower arrangement classes have been cancelled/rescheduled, of course no dinner/lunch appointments, etc).

However, I’ve been feeling uncomfortable commuting to office by taking public transportation, subway.

These trains/subways cross other state of emergency prectures (states) such as Kanagawa (Yokohama), Chiba and Saitama.

I won’t have enough distance among other passengers.

It’s not crowded as rush hour train but we are about 50 cm apart or even next each other if I take a seat. (Ooops, I didn’t think of this).

And they are all strangers.

Do we need to take a risk…?

I expressed my worries to my boss because my job can be conducted at home.

Though the declaration of the state of emergency is effective 8 April 2020, the situation is serious now.

I’m happy that I’m free from the stress of catching public transportation today and tomorrow.

I’ve been cheering me up by putting springy nail colours.

Mirage & Day Dream

Walk in a park with Choco for his walk and Ohanami.

Nonetheless, I’m excited to work from home.

I woke up as usual.

Since I can save commuting time, I took a bath to increase my body temperature to enhance immune system.

Started detoxing

Two Carrots and One Apple

Brewed coffee for starting work.

My father gave me a voucher for Starbucks which validated till 13 April 2020.

I went to Starbucks last weekend but three Starbucks that I visited were closed.

I believe Starbucks might extend the validation date, but I was hesitated to go through the process or even to request for it.

Starbucks was opened yesterday so I bought a French Roast Coffee beans.

I received complementary drink, Kenya and sample of Columbia.

I brewed Columbia and I should start working. hahaha

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Memorable Weekend

First I went to Utsunomiya, Tochigi.

This town is known for Gyoza (fried Chinese dumpling).

In fact, this is my first time to try Utsunomiya Gyoza at Utsunomiya.

There is Gyoza Dori (Gyoza Street).

There are many Gyoza specialized shops and Ramen (Japanized Chinese style noodle) and Gyoza restaurants.

The lamp is also in shape of Gyoza.

I queued and had my Gyoza at Goku, Gyoza Dori, Utsunomiya, Tochigi.

Niku (Meat) Gyoza and Jumbo Gyoza

Then proceeded to Nikko, Tochigi.

In Nikko, visited Kegon no Taki (Kegon Fall).

Today, there is a lift to go down to watch Kegon no Taki in front of it.

It’s very cold there and we can still see some snow.

We drove by Chuzenji-ko (Chuzenji Lake) and enjoyed the view from window.

Recently, we enjoyed warm temperature and suddenly its temperature dropped; therefore, we could see some steam from lake which makes lake look more scenic and mysterious.

We drove through woods on the way to Oku-Nikko, also very scenic.

We drove farther and reached Sengokugahara (wetland) where believed God of Mountain conducted battles.

There is another lake, Yuko (Yu Lake) at the entrance of Oku-Nikko area.

We finally reached Oku-Nikko Kogen Hotel.

We can stay this nice Washitsu (Japanese style room) together with Choco.

I went to dip in onsen (hot spring) before dinner.

There are two sections: Lower (bigger) and Upper (smaller).

Both equipped with indoor and outdoor/open-air bath.

Upper
Lower

It’s cold there; so that dipping in Onsen felt really nice.

I became thirsty after dipping in onsen so I enjoyed drinking cold Wakimizu (spring water).

After getting some rest, we had dinner with local sake made for Oki-Nikko Kogen Hotel.

I went to futon (Japanese style bed) early.

Next morning, I woke up with a surprise.

According to weather forecast, it predicted snow in Kanto region.

However, in few days, we will welcome April – Spring.

There could be some snow but I didn’t expect it to be thick.

Well, I was wrong….

It continued snowing and no sign of weakening.

I became panic because I came with normal tyres, not snow tyres.

To calm myself down, I went for morning dip.

It was still early and there were no one.

I supposed not to take any photos at the bath, but it was so romantic.

Quickly got ready and went to breakfast.

There are many varieties of food and there is an egg and bacons in the pot.

Continued monitoring snow and consulted hotel staffs who are local; well, I had to make a hard decision – abundant my car.

I think we made a wise decision because snow is thick and we surely could not drive through these windy roads: Irohazaka.

Reached Tobu Nikko Eki (Station) by hotel free shuttle bus.

Then Took train, Spacia, back to Asakusa, Tokyo.

Choco behaved his best on train.

I had a rich vanilla ice cream on the train while looking at these sceneries.

It’s scary but breath taking sceneries.

We cannot underestimate nature; I safely returned home.