First Alex Pic of 2019…and An Afternoon at Hikawa

We took a brief outing to our local Toys R Us in Minami-Furuya New Year’s morning, for the first time in a long time. The weather has been great all week…I’m thankful for that. The store wasn’t that busy either…don’t know if that is good or bad, considering the company filing bankruptcy not long ago.

When we got home,some of us enjoyed the Japanese traditional New Year’s meal, called Osechi…while others (Alex) didn’t. We never eat all of the items in a traditional Osechi, we always choose what we want to eat. Extremely boring in comparison to others maybe…but that’s fine.

Later in the day, we made our pilgrimage to Hikawa Shrine in Kawagoe…and our first time to go there on New Year’s day, in several years. It’s usually a mad house the first few days of the new year, but we decided to go anyway, because we had to go pay respects at the cemetery.

We turned in our old charms, bought some new ones, said our prayers and Alex did a little fishing…

Starting off the new year on a low key, isn’t so bad…

Hiddy-Ho From Home…

I turned 48 today…cool.
Alot of people don’t make it this far in life, so I feel blessed.
Many thanks to everyone on various social media, for the birthday messages…it means alot, and I appreciate it!
Nothing special went on today…just hung around the house this morning, then went out for a sushi lunch with my family.
I will post those pics later…promise.
Yesterday was the big day…alot of walking, a ride on the shinkansen (bullet train) clambering through a crazy busy Tokyo Station, and more train rides (subway) home.
All in about five hours…but my son was a trooper. You should have been there.
It was for him, after all.
Got to pick out my own birthday treat (not a cake) this afternoon, after lunch. Instead of something chocolate, I wanted something sweet and sour. Can you guess what I chose?
I did get a message from an old classmate, that they would be visiting Japan in late October, early November. It’s been well over 22 years since I saw them last so it would be great to catch up on old times!!
Back to work tomorrow, after a three-day weekend (second one in a row). Next Sunday, I will be attending a workshop on implementing music in english lessons. I’ve always made music an integral part of my lessons…because kids will always learn more on their feet, and just more fun.
Gotta start planning for October and Halloween!!
More words and pics later…

How To Die Alone In 12 Easy Steps (As Told By Experts In Every Field)

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You hear stories of “Kodokushi” (孤独死) here in Japan quite often, and it is really sad. There are even small businesses that help with the aftermath. For a country so compact, it shouldn’t happen, but it does. Statistics show that many are the elderly. Many of the people who die alone (illness, sudden death), didn’t intend for  it to end this way. Meaning they were in actuality,  social people, but maybe different circumstances (alienated, disabled, change of persona, etc) deemed otherwise.

On the flip side of the coin, there are people who may “think ahead” enough to plan dying alone…or damn the torpedoes and everything decent, and purposely die alone.

In that case, I ran across this tongue-in-cheek guide to dying alone…and I wonder who would be fool enough to do this. Really. I will say this article DOES NOT USE THE WORD, OR ADVOCATE SUICIDE. It simply tells you (with humor) how to put yourself in a situation (the hard and illegal way) to die alone.

Seriously, don’t try these things…enjoy life to the best of your ability!!

If you, or you know of someone who is struggling with depression, or seems suicidal…please do not hesitate to reach out. Call your local suicide hotline, law enforcement, neighbor, family, friends…and get help immediately.

Note: there is some foul language and “unsavory” content within (but not graphic images)…proceed with caution!

Source: How To Die Alone In 12 Easy Steps (As Told By Experts In Every Field)