2020年07月

2020.07.20[Mon] 09:00

【Goals for the Summer】

And that topic is goals for the summer. So what are your goals this season? Planning to work off all that time spent at home this past spring? Or maybe you want to spend more time at home and binge watch some new TV series. Or perhaps some time making video calls to catch up with family and friends at home? As for me, my goals include exploring the less traveled areas and perhaps a few of the more touristy areas of Japan. After months indoors, I've got the travel bug, my feet are just itching to go and so I have plans to travel around a bit. Most of my travel will just be one day trips, perhaps an overnight stay here and there, I think. There's a lot of Japan I haven't seen despite having lived here for over 15 years and it looks like domestic travel is the way to go this year. I do have one big trip planned for next week, I'll head to the Fuji mountain area and do a circuit around the mountain. The mountain is of course closed to hikers this year but my plan does not involve any kind of hiking. Instead, I'm hoping to get as many views of Mt. Fuji from as many angles as possible. I'll start in Hakone and head around to Fujinomiya and then to Kawaguchiko. Hopefully the weather will be nice and I'll have a good picture to share with you on blog on the LOVE FM website.

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2020.07.13[Mon] 09:00

【One of my favorite walking spots】

Although it's getting pretty hot out and we've had a fair bit of rain, have you been out for a stroll lately? Staying at home for hours on end is pretty tough and I get cabin fever when I don't get out. And so I thought I might introduce one walking course that I often enjoy that's easy to get to and right in the city. You might actually be able to guess where I'm going to direct you and that is around Maizuru park and the Fukuoka City castle ruins. There are two different places where I like to start my walk. One is in Akasaka back behind the Chuo ward public gym. Off of the bicycle path, there is the East entrance to Maizuru Park that goes up along the back area of the gym and heads in the direction of the Korokan. It's a bit of a hill but not hard and with all the trees lining the path, it's easy to forget that you're in the city! From there, I usually head past the Korokan to the stairs that lead me into the ruins. I don't have a particular route, I just wander to my heart's content, and usually make a visit to the observation deck from which you can see a great view of Ohori Park and all the way to Fukuoka Tower. My other start point is coming off of Kokutai Dohro, onto the road that is called Maizuru Koen Sen which is that road that cuts between the park ruins and west field of Maizuru Park and passes Heiwadai stadium. In the spring and early summer, you can see a ton of flowers, azaleas, wisteria, irises and it's nice to wander through them on the castle side. I often take the slope, where the hotdog truck is sometimes parked, up and again just wander around. No matter what season, it's a nice walk. Where ever you go walking this summer, I recommend going early and taking water with you so that you stay hydrated and cool! Happy trails.

【Rules about putting out the garbage】

Moving on to our next topic, I have some important information for you from Fukuoka City about putting out the garbage. Fukuoka City separates garbage into three categories. These three are burnable garbage, empty glass and PET bottles and non-burnable garbage. You can buy garbage bags at any supermarket or convenience store so make sure that when you take out your trash, you only use Fukuoka City garbage bags. Red bags are for burnable garbage. This includes things like food scraps, paper waste, clothes and plastic. For empty glass and PET bottles, please use the yellow bag. Finally for things like empty cans or glass and other non-burnable items, you will need to use the blue bag.

The area in which you live will have designated garbage days. Burnable garbage goes out twice a week. Empty glass and PET bottles and non-burnable garbage goes out once a month.

You can put your garbage out anytime between sunset and midnight on the day of your area's garbage pick up in the designated area for your residence. If you aren't sure when your area has garbage pickup then add Fukuoka City's official LINE account to your friend list, set your residential location and LINE will send you notifications for your garbage day.

If you've got garbage that is too big to fit in a bag, this is considered oversized garbage and you need to make a reservation in advance to arrange for it to be picked up. You can do that by phone, on the internet, or via LINE. For LINE, look up Fukuoka-shi Sodai Gomi Uketsuke to arrange for pickup. Make sure you check the cost, location and day before you put out that garbage.

If you want to make a reservation by phone, you can contact the Oversized garbage center at 092-731-1153. If you don't understand Japanese, you can ask for an interpreter so please convey that information in whatever language you speak.

 

2020.07.06[Mon] 09:00

【Tanabata, the Star Festival】

In Japan, the 7th of July is known as Tanabata or, The Star Festival. This festival celebrates the meeting of the deities, Hikoboshi and Orihime, the stars Altair and Vega, who can only meet once a year on this day, according to legend. One popular Tanabata custom is to write one's wishes on a piece of paper, and hang that piece of paper on a specially erected bamboo tree, in the hope that the wishes become true. Personally, my wish is that everyone stays healthy for the rest of the year and that we, as humans, consider the ways we need to change to prevent something like the Coronavirus happening again. It's a bit serious, I suppose....What's your wish?

 

The plastic bag charge

Actually this next topic kind of ties into my wish for things to change! As of July 1st, 2020, plastic bags that you normally received for free when shopping at supermarkets and convenience stores, are no longer free. You will be required to pay a fee to receive one. This is a great chance to bring your “My Bag” or reusable shopping bag. No only will you be producing less waste, but you'll also be saving money.  If you've got a nice bag that folds up compactly and that you can carry on you, you'll be ready at any time for any shopping. Plastic bags are convenient, but with the amount that gets used, they have become a huge source of pollution in the ocean and have contributed to global warming. So, to reduce how much plastic gets needlessly used, we need everyone's cooperation. Before you take that plastic bag next time, really consider if it's something you need. Let's take this chance to rethink the way we live.

 

Be careful not to fall victim to heatstroke

As the days get hotter, I'd like to remind you to be careful about heatstroke. Heatstroke happens when happens when your body cannot regulate its temperature due to prolonged exposure to heat or intense exercise and the balance of water and salt in your body is off. Symptoms of heatstroke include headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness and nausea. If you do not recover after cooling down, drinking fluids and taking some salt, please dial 119 to call an ambulance.

Especially in July, as temperatures reach maximum highs, the number of emergency heatstroke patients increases rapidly. So as this hot and humid season begins, take care as your body has not yet acclimated. And this year, as we spend more time indoors to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, do not let your guard down as heatstroke can occur indoors as easily as outdoors. In addition, wearing a mask in the summer increases the risk of heatstroke and so you must take caution.

 So here are some tips to prevent heatstroke. First, drink water throughout the day. Ideally, you'll want to get about 1.2 liters per day. Barley tea or water are nice everyday drinks to stay hydrated with. Sports drinks are good if you are exercising. If you sweat a lot during the day, make sure you rehydrate with plenty of water and a bit of salt, as well. And try to use your fan or air conditioner as efficiently as possible so that the room temperature does not go above 28 degrees.

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  • Colleen
  • Colleen
  • 誕生日:11月11日
    血液型:AB
    出身地:USA Detroit, MI
    特技:I can plan a party at anytime!
    興味あること・趣味:居合道、柔術、料理、スキューバダイビング
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