#798 Special handling for flight tickets, regarding the coronavirus

Should I flight or not flight!?

My parents live in Chiba and they will have a buddhist memorial service this weekend. So I am supposed to attend it and I’m going to stay at my parents house for a few days.
I bought the ticket from a LCC in January to go to Chiba. The ticket was a non-changeable ticket.

But now we are facing the coronavirus pandemic in the world.
I’m more worried if I may spread the virus to my old parents than getting infected myself.

My mom and I were talking on the phone.

My mom said, “You don’t have to come this time. Come to Chiba after the coronavirus settles down.”

I said, “But my air ticket is not changeable. The money is wasted, but there is nothing I can do.”

Then mom said, “I’ll pay for your ticket.”

I said, “Don’t worry mom. It’s not a problem.”

Actually even before talking to my mom, I know that I am going to let that ticket go to waste. I didn’t even bother to check anything.

But after talking to her, I decided to go to Jetstar’s homepage just in case if there is any update.

Surprisingly, I found the following announcement at Jetstar.

【Jetstar Japan】Special handling for tickets, flight suspension and reduction of flight frequency regarding COVID-19 (Last Updated 10 March, 2020)

“Special handling for domestic route tickets”
Customers travelling on Jetstar Japan’s domestic network between 5 to 31 March 2020, are now able to opt for a free-of-charge date change or request a full refund in the form of a flight voucher. Details are as follows:

· Flights: Jetstar Japan operated domestic flights (flights starting with GK)
· Period: Flights departing between 5 March – 31 March 2020 inclusive
· Options: Free change of date on the same route until 28 April or a refund in the form of a flight voucher (valid for six months)
· How: Please read email sent from Jetstar or visit our website for more information
· Deadline: 19 March 2020

I can get a voucher instead.

Jetstar didn’t send any e-mail to me directly. I needed to research it by myself.
Otherwise, I would have given up the air ticket without knowing that I can get a voucher instead.

Thanks to my mom who reminded me about the cost of the ticket. If I didn’t have that conversation with her, I wouldn’t go to Jetstar’s homepage.

I think I will go to Chiba later this year.

Small joy!(2020.3.16)

2020-03-16 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#799 One of the benefits of staying at home is …

My lessons in my cram school are canceled.

Since most elementary, middle and high schools in Japan are closed in order to stop the coronavirus outbreak, my lessons in my cram school are also canceled.
Although I can’t meet my students and I do miss them, I am enjoying my relaxing time at home. For example, watching the Netflix, reading books, listening to golden oldies and cleaning the house.

One of the benefits of staying at home is …

One of the benefits of staying at home is that my hay fever is not so bad this year. It really depends on the year. Some years I got really sick, and some years it was more tolerable. It might be that I spent more time at home this year and I always wear a mask whenever I go out.

I hope we can control the outbreak as soon as possible.

So face mask is an essential item for me this year to protect me from the coronavirus and hay fever. Fortunately I have enough masks at home that can last for a while. But masks are still in shortage across Japan. I worried if I can’t buy any mask by the end of this Spring.
I hope we can control the outbreak as soon as possible.

Small joy!(2020.3.6)

2020-03-11 | Posted in English4 Comments » 


#800 “Kimetsu no Yaiba”(Demon Slayer)

I have watched “Kimetsu no Yaiba”(Demon Slayer) season 1 on Netflix for 3 days.

Recently I am staying at home because I’m worried about the coronavirus.
Then I have watched “Kimetsu no Yaiba”(Demon Slayer) season 1 on Netflix for 3 days. It is an anime based on a popular Japanese manga of the same name. The story is about a young boy named Tanjiro became an “oni”(demon) slayer after his family was slaughtered by an oni. His younger sister Nezuko was turned into an oni after attacked by an oni. It is a journey of revenge for their family and saving people from many onis as a demon slayer.

I’m interested in the kimonos of the characters.

The era is Taisho era. Taisho era is before Showa era, about 100 years ago.
I’m interested in the kimonos of the characters. Their clothes are mixed with kimonos and western style. The kimonos designs are so funky and vibrant. The color combination is also very unique.

Since the main character, Tanjiro is sincere, kind and strong. I think most audience would feel like supporting such a likeable character. Onis also have rather attractive and diverse personalities, with some sad stories of their own.

I like the beautiful scenery of the animation and background music. Although there are many cruel scenes, it doesn’t matter to me.

Everybody wants to read the rest of the story, right?

When I went to a bookstore to look for the comic books of “Kimetsu no Yaiba”, I saw many children and mothers were also looking for them. Too bad that most of them were sold out at my bookstore. Fortunately I was able to buy the first book in the series. In the future I will keep looking for the new books of this comic.

Small joy!!(2020.2.28)

2020-03-05 | Posted in English4 Comments »