Saturday, November 9, 2019


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Our new neighbour in Japan

Our new neighbour who had just moved in presented us with 5 of the above gift. It is customary for the Japanese to introduce themselves and present a small gift to the neighbours when they move into a new area. However, the younger generations may not practise this old customs.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday's special offer at about 50% discount in a supermarket in Japan

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Guess what I found outside a Japanese supermarket?

Some supermarkets in Japan provide umbrella plastic wrappers for their customers (above photos). It is useful when it is raining. By using the wrappers, the floor will not be wet or dirty.
For hygiene reason, shoppers are encouraged to use the dis-infected wipes to clean the shopping baskets (photos below)

Outside the supermarkets, you may find waste containers for different types of waste and plastic containers etc (below). The Japanese are environmentally conscious people.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Glorious autumn day in Southern Japan

It is blue skies with the sun shining for the whole day. The temperature is about 21c during mid afternoon which is comfortable indeed. There is a light breeze which keeps the temperature from going up. It is indeed a beautiful nice day with 60% humidity. Spring and fall or autumn as we call it are the two best seasons. Winter here is not too bad as the temperature seldom goes below 12c even during the night. Summer could be quite hot and humid just like in Singapore.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sayonara Typhoon Hagibis, we don't miss you

Typhoon Hagibis has finally left the north eastern part of Japan but not after taking the lives of more than 60 people and damaging houses, road, trains etc. Hagibis is one of the most powerful storms to slam Japan in decades.
A train depot in Nagano prefecture had 10 of the bullet trains submerged in flood water. One train is said to cost around S$40 million.
I was told this is not the last of the typhoons for 2019. There are a few more on the way until the seas get colder.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The day after Typhoon Hagibis hit Tokyo

The day after Typhoon Hagibis which ravaged the Tokyo areas with winds up to 195 kph and taking at least half a dozen lives with many people still missing, our place in Fukuoka is relatively untouched.
As you can see, our car is coated with dust caused by the strong gust that carried the dust from a nearby construction site yesterday.
Today's forecast is windy with winds up to 40 kph, sunny and a comfortable average day temperature of about 22c.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

883 km away from Typhoon Hagibis yet ....

Super typhoon Hagibis is currently battering the Tokyo region with winds up to 195 kph. I am now in Fukuoka, 883 km away (air distance)from Tokyo. Although Fukuoka is not in the path of Hagibis, we are experiencing winds up to 50 kph. Although there is a meter of rainfall in the Tokyo region today, Fukuoka has recorded zero rain.
Up till 1 pm today (12 Oct 2019), fortunately only one death has occurred in Tokyo. Typhoon Hagibis will die off by tonight and all will be back to normal by tomorrow.
About 10,000 households in Kanto, Chiba and Tokyo regions are without power.

Friday, October 11, 2019

A little fireplace in our home

I've recently installed an electric fireplace in our home. As the days are getting colder, it seemed like a good idea to have a small fireplace although the main source of heating is still our powerful airconditioning cum heater unit.