Category Archives: Osaka

Hagaki, Hagaki, Hagaki

To pay for anything, you have to fill out a hagaki. Hagaki means “postcard,” but we are not talking about a pretty scene of palm trees and an aquamarine ocean with a short sentence on the back dashing off “Wish … Continue reading

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Good-Bye, Okusan Days

Before I started work on September 1, I had ten days of setting up house. For ten days, I was “Okusan” (“the Mrs.”), or called so by movers with towels around their necks, electricity and gas guys in helmets and … Continue reading

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Finally, the Osaka Moon

In a previous post, I promised quaintcal (kalyanichakatta.blogspot.com) that I’d report on the Osaka moon, since I was so sad to leave behind the sharp, bigger than life, brighter than diamonds moon of Silicon Valley. Until tonight, though, I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Rock On, Omoware

Last night a typhoon hit Japan, crossing the Honshu island west of Osaka. Two people died and many lost their homes. Today, in Osaka at least, the wind has died down and we’re left with a steady gray rain. But … Continue reading

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Who’s That Lady in the Bathroom?

The new water heater talks to us. She’s a little scary. The old one was broken when we moved in, and when I called the landlord, a series of phone calls and visits began. Mostly, they were calls telling me … Continue reading

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Gimme One of Those Happy e Time Plans

“Can’t I just say, ‘please turn on the power,’ pay some money, and be done with it?” I wailed at the screen. I was setting up my electricity online for my Osaka apartment with Kepco (Kansai Electric Power Co., not … Continue reading

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Even in “I Give Up” Mode, You Have to Turn the Water On

No, this is not the navigation console for the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, the 47th Generation. This is the control panel for my washer/dryer, a National NA-VR1100, which was installed along with all my rental furniture and equipment two … Continue reading

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Kando-san and Nodo-san

In the past few years, I’ve several times worked with men who irritated me no end when I first met them. I’d quickly find myself in a battle of wills. And then something would settle. They would do me a … Continue reading

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Parasol Days

In Osaka, there’s no shame in being, or acting like, a woman (at least for women). When I move there, I’m going to buy a parasol, and I won’t be afraid to use it. I’ll be careful not to smirk … Continue reading

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Mansion Hunting

On Tuesday I visited seventeen Osaka apartments with Akamori-san from work and the shy young real estate agent, who patiently walked up and down stairs with us in the 95-degree, 60%-humidity weather. He carried a bag of slippers and a … Continue reading

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