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ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted May 8, 2020

Getting a Pet in Nagoya

Nothing completes a family like an additional member, in the form of a pet. Whether a cat, dog, or something less orthodox, it can be really nice having a companion around the home. Pets in Japan The most popular pets in Japan are cats and dogs. Due to space restrictions in Japanese homes dogs tend to be quite small. It is uncommon to see larger breeds like retrievers or German Shepherds, particularly in the cities. Other animals such as goldfish and terrapins are also popular, as well as more unusual animals. You can sometimes see people taking ferrets to the park, and I have even seen someone in my neighborhood walking a hamster on a leash. Buying a pet in Nagoya In most towns and cities – particularly in shopping centers such as Aeon – you can find pet shops with lots of animals for purchase. The most common stores are Kojima Pets, Coo and Riku, and Aeon Pet. Of course, this being Japan, cuteness sells, and you will find all manner of adorable animals, especially cats and dogs. When it comes to dogs, breeds are very important, so you may find many stores tailor towards the fashionable breed of the day (toy poodles and dachshunds are particularly prevalent at the moment). Animals most in demand can be expensive – for example, the cat in the image is going for 98,000 JPY – and for pure breed cats and dogs it is typical to pay upwards of 300,000 JPY. These stores generally provide a “warranty” against…
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Getting a Pet in Nagoya
Original Source: www.MoreThanRelo.com – Nagoya
Getting a Pet in Nagoya

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted May 5, 2020

How to Exercise in Nagoya While Social Distancing

Whether you are working from home, self-isolating, or social distancing, it is vital to keep your fitness and energy levels high. The WHO states that exercise is important for battling a wide range of health issues, and perhaps most relevant in these times of isolation, is the improvement of mental health and a reduction in the risk of depression. Furthermore, David Nieman, Dr.PH., a health professor at Appalachian State University and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, suggests that “Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay.” But with gyms and sports centers closed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, it has become more challenging to exercise, perhaps as inversely easy as it is to put on weight, what with the fridge and the snacks cupboard even closer at hand. So, we have to find different ways to keep fit while keeping our distance from others. Below are a few ideas that you can try to help keep the pounds off, the immune system up, and maintain a healthy brain. With all of these suggestions, please keep in mind that you should remain two meters away from others. Also, do not exercise if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Stay home and rest, seek medical attention, and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. Jogging Jogging is a great aerobic exercise and needs little equipment – just…
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How to Exercise in Nagoya While Social Distancing
Original Source: www.MoreThanRelo.com – Nagoya
How to Exercise in Nagoya While Social Distancing

ByMark Guthrie Posted May 5, 2020

The PAPP Strikes Back

Looking back, 2016 was a dark, dark time. We were crushed by the deaths of both Prince and David Bowie, numerous nations right across the globe turned towards right wing populism, and North Korea began slinging missiles in the air. But here in Japan, it could be argued that on both a personal and professional level, things for English language teachers things could not get any worse, as many of us were shown up as the ineffectual nincompoops that we are. Because, after all those years trying and failing to get our students to understand the simple premise of SVO, and the battles we fought over the correct implementation of indefinite articles, suddenly, in one fell swoop, a song came along that taught those basics, and it worked. With just two basic sentences our students finally got it, and it was no thanks to us. Those sentences?

I have a pen. I have an apple. 

Yes, back in 2016, comedian PIKO TARO ruled the internet, and with his insane(ly catchy) song PPAP his popularity exploded as he was championed by a wide array of ‘A’ List celebrities, not least the teen heartthrob/tattooed doucebag (delete as you feel appropriate) Justin Bieber.

Fortunately his celebrity was short lived, and soon the leopard print was gone, and PIKO TARO went back to being regular Daimaou Kosaka, appearing on variety TV shows and the like. Educators sighed with relief and resumed battle with their grammatical frustrations. 

However, like a secondary viral spike, PIKO TARO is back. This time, however, he isn’t talking us through strange fruit/stationary hybrids, but instead he is using his creepy charm and global fame to take on the Corona Virus with PPAP-2020.

The video begins with PIKO TARO in familiar leopard skin-pattern gettup, as that all too familiar 8-bit melody cranks into motion, and those who are particularly susceptible to earworms may start to be feeling flashbacks of those dark days from four years ago, as once again we are told that PIKO TARO has a… hand.

Okay, this is new. Right, what next, PIKO? You’ve got a hand and…? Ah, soap. And with an ‘ugh!’ they are combined with an instruction to washwashwashwashwash, shadowed by some rather painful autotune. But that seems to be it. Just washwashwashwashwash.

Okay, cool. Yeah, we all need to be more vigilant in the handwashing stakes. Good on you PIKO. But then, as laudable an idea this all is, you start to think three things:

a) By comparison the original PPAP wasn’t too bad.
b) I reckon I’ll probably just stick to singing Happy Birthday twice, and the copyright holders be damned.
c) As Tina Turner so very nearly said, ‘What’s PPAP gotta do with it?’
 

But just then, when you think we’re all done and dusted, PIKO pulls the message out of the bag. ‘Cleeeeaaan hand,’ he intones, teasingly. ‘Cleeeeeeaaaaan hand’, he continues, knowing that he’s got us right where he wants us: in the palm of those clean hands. ‘Ugh!’ he slaps those palms together in a simpering display of piety before intoning into the camera: ‘Pray for People And Peace’.

And there it is: your PPAP has arrived (conveniently forgetting that ‘for’ is also a word and it should, therefore, actually be PFPAP), and after a bit more Famicom-flavoured beats followed by a message instructing us that ‘We Will Win’, that’s it.

So, really, what’s the point? Is it a cynical attempt to gain a crap load of YouTube hits (more than eight million at the time of publication)? Is it a genuine attempt to drag Japan kicking and screaming into the battle against COVID-19 it seems so desperately reluctant to join? Or is it just a harmless bit of fluff that might brighten up your day in these stressful times, while giving hack journalists a bit of content to write about that isn’t mask shortages or Tiger King? I’ll leave it to you to decide.

But whatever it is, you English teachers out there can probably relax, because by the time the kids go back to school PIKO TARO will, once again, be long forgotten.

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Apr 20, 2020

English Alcoholics Anonymous in Nagoya

Japan is a drinking country. You do not have to be here very long before you see your first “salaryman” passed out in front of the station, dead drunk at 7 in the evening. Its a fact of life in Japan, some people drink hard, and the same can be said of the foreign community in Japan as well, though we tend to pass out a bit later than 7. If you are in Nagoya and think you might have a problem ignoring the call of the wild chu-hai, there is help available in English. English-language A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous)
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English Alcoholics Anonymous in Nagoya
Original Source: www.MoreThanRelo.com – Nagoya
English Alcoholics Anonymous in Nagoya

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Apr 9, 2020

Grocery Delivery Options in Japan

In the wake of COVID-19, the daily life and schedules of many have been interrupted. While the government of Japan has yet to announce any kind of lockdown, many are self-quarantining or otherwise attempting to lower their chances of infection. With that in mind please find a list of various food and grocery delivery services available below. English Language Options The Meat Guy: Offers a wide variety of meats as well as some frozen fruits and vegetables as well.
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Grocery Delivery Options in Japan
Original Source: www.MoreThanRelo.com – Nagoya
Grocery Delivery Options in Japan

ByLike Nagoya Admin Posted Feb 27, 2020

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