While the rest of Tokyo has been blissfully acting as if the corona virus is a sad thing happening far far away from them, I’ve just been waiting for it to hit. The truth is, they bite their nails and stay awake at night worrying about it, but act as if it won’t come if they keep their heads down.
“Japan is seeing less cases because we have good habits like wearing masks and rinsing our mouths”
I laughingly add “and sleeping less than 5 hours a night average, and going into work sick, and stuffing themselves on packed trains, and drinking every night”.
The fact is, people aren’t really being tested here which is why the numbers are so low. After the first 200 or so cases, a friend was pretty sure he had the virus and when he went in with a terrible cough, the doctor told him he was young and shouldn’t worry about it too much. Apparently if you insist they will give you a test after 4 days of heavy symptoms.
So if there are 1000 reported cases now, you have to assume it’s got to be at least 10,000 cases, probably more, most of which don’t know they have it.
And everyone wonders why I think this is just the beginning for Japan? The fact is, they know it too, but they feel comforted by the media which says “stay home and cook some nice meals for yourself this weekend and everything will be ok.”
I’m not panicking at all. I’m just preparing myself for a month in my room that I know is coming eventually, and trying to not to catch it because I don’t want to pass it to any of the elderly people I know, some of which have health problems.
Schools are staying open for half days so parents can go to work in the morning...but if they’re going for half days what difference is a full day. Trains are running limited service...so less people are moving around but the trains are just as crowded. They are encouraging people not to do cherry blossom viewing, but still many companies do not allow you to work at home. People are nervous all the time but they still crowd into Fast food restaurants and izakaya.
It’s all good. I’m getting ready for a month in doors and whatever happens happens. I hope to grow and evolve and come out a beautiful damn butterfly.
I plan on doing each for an hour a day:
Stretching and meditation
Practicing guitar scales
Muscle training / yoga
Studying Spanish / Indonesian / Cantonese
Working on podcast
Chatting with friends
I want to jam pack my days full of productivity and meditation.
Hopefully I’ll be healthy and able to do all that. I promise I’ll make the most of it 😊