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Monday, October 24, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
One of my students told me that his neighbor, who is an artist had an exhibition at a nearby museum. I had walked by the Verkehr Museum before but hadn't thought about going previously.
It turned out to be even better than I anticipated. The admission fee was only 400 yen, and there was a lot to see besides the Chiaki Matsuse Exhibition. Photography was allowed on the first floor but not the second.
|Center of museum|
|In case of emergency, such as earthquake or tsunami|
Here are photos of the Chiaki Matsuse Exhibition. There is so much texture and detail in these pictures of Mt. Fuji.
Here are photos of other exhibits on the first floor.
|My apartment is in this photo|
The museum is open 9:00 - 4:30 Tuesday - Sunday. If you are in the area, it's well worth seeing.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
The definition of adult in Japan has been 20 since it was set as the age of majority in 1876 by Decrees of the Cabinet, but this year the voting age was changed to 18. In July, for the first time, 18 and 19 year olds were able to vote in Japan.
According to recent articles in the Japan Times and Mainichi Japan, the Japanese government is considering a revision to the Civil Code to lower the age of majority from 20 to 18 allowing teens to make more of their own legal decisions without parental consent. About 200 laws which have age provisions would be affected. If enacted, there may be a three year grace period to allow the public to become aquainted with the new laws.
Some laws that could be revised include:
The Nationality Law, which requires a child of a Japanese parent and a foreign parent to declare citizenship under one of the countries before age 22. The revision would allow 18 and 19 year olds to declare without parental consent and the deadline for declaring at age 20.
Age to marry, which is currently 18 or 19 for males and 16-19 for females with parental consent. This could be changed to 18 for both genders without parental consent.
Horse Racing Act, which currently prohibits the purchase of betting tickets by minors, could change to allow 18 and 19 year olds to gamble.
Other laws such as those involving alcohol and tobacco, may remain at age 20 and not be lowered to 18.
What are the laws in your country? How old must one be to purchase alcohol or vote or marry?
Friday, October 21, 2016
After my cancer surgery two years ago, I felt very lucky. My doctor told me that 99% of people with my cancer at my stage (endometrial, stage 1) never had another problem with cancer. He said I would heal from my surgery and go on with life.
I had the recommended check ups and blood tests every other month. When the tumor markers started going up, I had additional tests and found out I had cancer again. After this surgery the pathology report said it was stage 3 and my doctor recommended six months of chemotherapy. I have an excellent doctor and I have complete confidence and trust in him. After having some time to heal from the surgery and for the doctor to determine the drug dosage, today is scheduled to be day one of the first of 8 three week cycles (assuming yesterday's blood tests were good). I'll take pills morning and night for two weeks, then have one week off before starting again.
The drug I'm getting is oral not intravenous, so I think that will be easier for me. There are many possible side effects, but a lot of them are only experienced by a low percentage of people taking the drug. Hair loss is not one of the side effects, although some people experience hair thinning. All in all, I don't think it will be as bad as it could have been. I'm feeling very positive. This is just a temporary situation.
I feel extremely fortunate to have so many people wishing me well. I am very happy to have many friends, old and new, near and far, cheering for me. Thank you for all your email and comments on this blog, cards and food, everything! I appreciate you all more than you know.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Growing up in the United States, I am totally confused by most of the metric system measurements used in Japan. I understand 5Km, 10Km, and 42Km because they are running distances. Most everything else, especially temperature, I have no idea. See this little clip below and how easy it can be to convert temperature from Centigrade to Fahrenheit! Sugoi!
If you're like me, you still can't help wanting those temps in Fahrenheit. But if mentally trying F = 9/5C + 32 doesn’t work for you, here’s a tip on quickly making the conversion in your head when in Africa (or most places in the world).
Some years ago I was visiting a colleague in Canada, who saw me staring at a temperature sign given in Centigrade. He must have figured I was trying to use the standard formula (F = 9/5C + 32) to work out the Fahrenheit value, so he gave me this tip: double the Centigrade temp, subtract the first digit of the result from the result and add 32. It works pretty well; you’re usually right on but you’ll never be more than 1 degree Fahrenheit off.
For example, 23 C equals 74 F.
23 C x 2 = 46;
46 – 4 = 42;
42 + 32 = 74 F