Changes in lifestyles during the pandemic

Lifestyles have changed greatly during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many people have had to spend time indoors more. And a large number of people have taken to working from home, or change their ways of commuting.

Have you made any changes to your lifestyle? Well, Japanese online school teacher Chiharu Takase has been reflecting on things she would like to take up and things she'd like to get rid of.

Trash or buy?


By TAKASE Chiharu







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Trash or buy?

During this traumatic year, has the way you think about things changed? I'd like to take reevaluate myself from the viewpoint of “things that I would like to get rid of and things that I'd like to get hold of”.

The thing I'd most like to get rid of is fat. And the thing I'd most like to 'buy into' is getting more muscle.
I think everyone feels the same as me, right? When we have to Stay Home, we gain weight. I feel as though eating has become a habit. And jogging, which used to be part of my routine has disappeared.

I'd like to get rid of the PC screen. And I'd like to go back to talking to people in three dimensional conversations.
Does anyone agree with me? As an online school teacher, I'm used to having conversations through the computer monitor, but I yearn to meet people in three dimensions. Until now, I've been the type of person that, when the point of the conversation is done, I quickly wrap up the conversation. But now when I meet people, I end up talking about trivial manners.

I want to get rid of getting around by car. I want to spend more time getting around on foot.
I live up in the mountains, so I really do need a car, but I would like to reduce my amount of travel by car. During the Corona virus pandemic, I have tried to avoid trains and buses and I have returned to a life of using cars only. But from now, if I am going somewhere near, I'd like to walk there, and if I am going somewhere far, then I think I'd like to park at a nearby car park and try to walk some of the way.

Your environment has changed greatly over this last year. What kind of things would you like to take up and what would you like to get rid of?

脂肪【しぼう】 (n) fat; grease; blubber; lard; suet

3次元【さんじげん】 (n) (1) three dimensions; three dimensional; 3D; 3-D;

済む【すむ】 (v5m,vi) (1) to finish; to end; to be completed;

目的地【もくてきち】 (n) place of destination

環境【かんきょう】 (n,adj-no) environment; circumstance

Konnichi-wa, everybody. Hajimemashite. My name is Chiharu Takase.
I was born in the spring, that's why my parents decided to include the the Kanji for spring (haru) in my name. My hometown is in Yamaguchi prefecture on the western coast of Honshu, but now I live in Kyoto, one of Japan's early capital cities. I'm married with one son, and my hobby is the Japanese tea ceremony.

Learning a new language, including Japanese, can be tough at first, but once you start comprehending the patterns and rhythm, you'll find that there is nothing more interesting. Do what you can, when you can, and enjoy the challenge. I'm really looking forward to meeting you in our online Japanese classroom. Let's spend an enjoyable 50 minutes together. Dozo yoroshiku onegai-shimasu.

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