30 Mar 2020, 17:26

Great lesson at OT today

Today was the first time for me to teach in the main room of OT’s office. We had a makeshift setup around 3 tables with 12 students altogether.

Everyone was genki and happy by the end of the lesson. Super grateful to JB for putting together the lesson material. We actually did not quite finish everything because I went a little off script for a bit on number pronunciation.

Zooming home now to do a workshop on Zoom.

29 Mar 2020, 17:08

free happiness course from Laurie Santos at Yale

Today via HN I found a free “Happiness course“ by Laurie Santos from Yale University.

Here are some of my baseline happiness scores.

From the PERMA Profiler

2020 mar 29 PERMA results

  • Positive Emotions: 4.67
  • Engagement: 3.67
  • Relationships: 5.67
  • Meaning: 4.67
  • Accomplishment: 5.00
  • Health: 5.67
  • Negative Emotions: 3.33
  • Loneliness: 8.00
  • Overall Well-Being: 4.81

From the Authentic Happiness Survey

2020 mar 29 authentic happiness inventory

  • Authentic Happiness 2.67

All together now:

2020 mar 29 overall

My character strengths

2020 mar 29 strengths

  • Honesty
  • Curiosity
  • Love
  • Creativity
  • Perspective
  • Prudence
  • Spirituality
  • Humor
  • Gratitude

My personal link so I can find it (requires login) https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/surveys/finished/13222159

27 Mar 2020, 12:26

14 day quarantine for travelers from US to Japan

Mar 26, 2020, 6:55 PM (17 hours ago)

I hear things are stricter in other countries, so I am just capturing this as a datapoint; I got this in an email from U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Japan’s Enhanced Screening and Quarantine Measures for Travelers
from the United States: The Government of Japan has implemented
enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of
COVID-19.  Effective March 26, all travelers arriving from the
United States, including Japanese citizens, will be required to
self-quarantine for a period of 14 days at a designated facility,
and to avoid using any public transportation, including taxis,
trains, and buses, until after the 14-day period.  Transiting on a
domestic flight within Japan is also considered public
transportation, so you will not be allowed to fly to your onward
destination in Japan until completing the 14-day self-quarantine.
The self-quarantine location may be your residence if you live in
Japan or a hotel, but the Japanese government reserves the right
to “designate” the location of your self-quarantine.  Travelers
should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect
with little or no advance notice.

27 Mar 2020, 12:24

Grand New Adventure meeting last night

Last night we had a great meeting I called Grand New Adventure. Men from my Tokyo men’s circle joined (though it was open to all (though only advertised with 12 hours advanced notice)).

  • grounding
  • check-in
  • round and round and round with gratitudes (for 30 minutes with 6 people), “What are you grateful for?”
  • (in breakout rooms) what is best case, bad case, worst case scenario for you personally, + what will you do if worst case happens?
  • Who else are you? As things change, who else are you? what other talents do you have to offer?
  • check out

25 Mar 2020, 23:59

Happy Covid-19 Day in Tokyo

News:

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be in 2021 or later (or never)
  • Covid-19 is srsbzns
  • My RSS feed was enormous

Update:

  • My RSS feed now shows 50 entries

Thank you Travis!

22 Mar 2020, 14:07

Great time in Shinjuku Gyoen and nearby foot bath cafe

I was surprised to see Shinjuku Gyoen was free to the public. I still need to come three more times to make my annual pass worthwhile haha.

Shinobu and Deneys each came ahead of time; Nathan and his friend Hai came exactly at 1pm. The crowds were amazing and we found ourselves in a shaded space on a slight hill.

2020 mar 22 shinjuku gyoen meditation our little shaded area

You can see a bit behind me how crowded it was in the park, despite covid-19 shutting down other countries.

Special thanks to Bu for taking photos and video during the meditation (“wasting time”, she calls it! haha).

2020 mar 22 shinjuku gyoen meditation deneys sleep meditating 2020 mar 22 shinjuku gyoen meditation nathan sleeping hai meditation 2020 mar 22 shinjuku gyoen meditation rob meditating

We did not do a walking meditation as it was too crowded to even think of about walking mindfully.

During the meditation, I was facing away from the group because I was at the bottom of the hill, having arrived there first and making room for everyone, and not being able to sit meditatively facing uphill.

I should have made sure everyone could hear me, but it seemed to work out okay.

After a while, we headed out, seeing lots of sakura in the place.

2020 mar 22 shinjuku gyoen meditation sakura lake house

On the way out of the park, I remembered to take a picture of our group.

2020 mar 22 shinjuku gyoen meditation hai nathan francois rob mohamed deneys alex

Thanks to Bu for taking the photo!

I don’t remember if that was before or after Nathan and Hai practiced jiu jitsu. We clapped afterward.

21 Mar 2020, 20:35

great day in Showa Kinen Park with Lin, Yuna, Jason, Mohamed, Hiro, Yoshi, and Ia

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna pink sakura 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna lil flowers

We walked somewhat aimlessly along one side of the park where we met a cat name Riki, who has apparently been there since he was a kitten, around the time we were there last (not that we knew him then).

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna pink sakura 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna pink on tree

Mohamed arrived while I was in meditation

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna francois rob

We got crepes near a kids park

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna crepe

Francois and I on roller slide

Near the star pyramid, I found a tree I could climb.

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna rob francois climbing tree 1 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna rob francois climbing tree 2 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna rob francois climbing tree 3 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna rob francois climbing tree 4 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna rob francois climbing tree 5 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna rob francois climbing tree 6 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna rob francois climbing tree 7

Hiro, Yoshi, and Ia arrived while I was in the tree.

They led the walk for a while and found a Japanese garden with a shelter by a lake.

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by lin near lake 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by mohamed near lake

We also got some pictures of the lake.

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by lin lake in japanese garden 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna lake in japanese garden

Basking in the sun hoping not to fall asleep I heard Mohamed’s reminder that I was headed for a sunburn if I stayed there too long. We got up and got a picture.

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by rob bare feet 2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by rob bare feet straight

Great day with great friends!

2020 mar 21 showa kinen park by yuna light sakura

19 Mar 2020, 18:44

Two extra hours of work at SCC

Today I got to work an extra two hours at SCC. One hour was to check a new exhibit, which is behind schedule and over budget enough to make the manager mad. It may be a while yet before it goes into production; there are some fundamental issues with it.

Another hour was to check Miyako’s English for a new application they are developing. I don’t think it will be an iPhone or Android app, but some kind of in-house thing.

Yasu did great homework a usual; he even made a brochure with the new language that I checked last time. Above and beyond!

18 Mar 2020, 17:59

I wonder what we are into

Via HN, Chinese bats … next pandemic, written in 2013, started by saying:

SARS killed 750 people, sickened around 8,000, and drained at
least $40 billion from the global economy.

For COVID-19, the numbers are ten times worse.. so far. How will COVID-19 be seen in ten years?

18 Mar 2020, 05:15

Dream late for work etc
05:15 Wednesday 18 March 2020 JST

On the way to work, I heard two girls behind me laughing so I reached my arms backwards and one of them jumped on my back for piggy back ride. We got to the building and talked for a bit as someone came *out* of the building asking if there was a restroom in the area because there was not one inside and then I realized I didn't know which floor I was supposed to go to for work.

In a different dream,

Fred and I were going to drive somewhere and he wanted to drive the entire way because he was practicing for a long drive. We talked about which way to go and then I realized I had to go to work but was late because I could not drive if Fred was going to drive.