I changed a concept of my podcast program as due to the Covid-19 situation.
I’ll post Japanese ambient music every week in the new podcast program. The contents will be delivered in Japanese but I’ll play a song at the end of each episode as well as links on the description page so that you can reach to more tracks of the musicians.
It’s been 2 weeks since I came back to Japan / started being in self-isolation. Thanks to the internet and all the online contents today, I spent much time in front of my laptop, but had become getting bored day by day and so I started working on self-reflection and digging CDs in my room. And now, I ended up taking an advantage of the quarantine as learning programming which I’d been interested in for a while.
Keeping myself updated by watching the Japanese TV and following some other news site outside the country, I found different approaches towards the economic disaster in each country during the pandemic. Some European countries and the US tend to take fast and reliable actions, freelancers in Germany can now apply for a non repayable grant of up to €9,000 while the UK government helps employees with a grant worth 80% of their salaries.
On the other hand, Japanese prime minister Abe considered giving Japanese citizens coupons for domestic beef and fish in compensation and he’s now working hard on the plan of 2-mask giveaway to each household throughout Japan. That would be hilarious if the situation were not so serious.
Just seeing the actions taken by the government I would admire the European countries, but as the German finance minister killed himself in consequence of all the fallout from the coronavirus, it’s obvious that those countries are literary in a state of emergency.
I wonder how much of money and how many of lives we will lose for all the circumstances in the end.
More and more people have been becoming to stay home all over the world. It would be depressive for most people just concerting the situation at home, but I believe this is dull yet the best action we can take in order to save others for now.
Entertain yourself, entertain yourself, and entertain yourselves. Lose yourself in the art and creations.
We need to be fine to rebuild our life after everything happens.
Since coronavirus has been spreading in Europe, many items have been disappeared in shops and more and more shops are closing in the city every day.
Some of my Japanese friends have experienced racism. Though I haven’t experienced serious one, someone told me not to come close within 1m. On the other hand, another person gave me a handshake. That’s not special yet it means a lot to me now.
It’s not the end of the world, I still believe it’s precious to appreciate what you have. Don’t be suffer too much from what the media says, don’t let your fear controls you. Life goes on.
I caught a concert of Soft Crystals in which my friend plays the bess in the last week of February. It was a small venue, filled by the smell of cigarettes and noise of people talking around. It reminds me of small venues in Tokyo which I used to spend much time with my friends.
February always passes fast, even though we’ve got an extra day this year. I dug into my old external hard drive, in order to find songs I listened to a lot 4 years ago. The songs always give me a different impression as time goes by.
Since I had a little money, I started buying coffee beans at a coffee shop but a super market to treat myself. Ethiopian, this time.
I’ve got an idea of having a part-time job at the moment for a stable income. I chose one small local shop from the 15 coffee shops I’d visited, and asked the owner about the vacancy there. He led me to have a seat outside and talked for a couple minutes. He asked me a couple of basic things – how long I want to work, how long I’ve worked as a barista. After a pause, he stared at my eyes and said.
“I’d only like to work with really nice people. Not average, a nice person of nice people. How skilled you are is not a priority since you will develop if you have a proper practice. So please have a think that, whether you are confident of that. Please have a think for a day and text me.”
I thanked him and left the coffee shop. Then I started thinking whether I’m a nice person or not. I used to be confident of that – but I wonder if I’m still so. I’ve kind of lost the confidence struggling with living outside my home country and trying to be competitive among the international people. I kept thinking about it until 3 in the morning and replied to him that I’m confident with that.
I had a trial shift and he told me he wants to work with me – I also loved his attitude towards customers and coffee and that made me even more willing to work with him at the shop. After the event, I knew I’d like to be a nice person, as selfless as even I could influence someone’s ideas of their life.
I’ve been meeting really nice people – the owner, the monk, and the kids who are truly pure and nothing crafty behind. And now, come to think of it, this is a turning point to change my concept of personality as well as my life.
The track this week is a song from Private Lesson that I heard at one of my favourite coffee shops: Oslo Koffee Bar. The owner recently visited Tokyo and heard this song when he entered a record shop in Shibuya.
Japanglish this week
Thank you for following my work – see you next week. Have a lovely weekend.