Someone just has to say it for once : the presenter in this channel is so open minded and enthusiastic about everything new. He interviews so great and finds bits and pieces everywhere that can spark off a new thing to talk about. Such an excitable and considerate attitude!
Wow - I hope they have the death penalty in Japan because I hate to think of murderers and rapists living in jail cells twice as big as this poor girl and without having to pay any rent or bills. How does it not get mouldy?
That was my exact thought as well. The whole "If I have a bigger place, I'm going to want more and more" argument is fallacious. The truth is she's willing to put up with this tiny space in order to get to experience a big Japanese city.
I've rented out loft twice as big for half the price she said (32000yen) so no, I wouldn't say she got 'a pretty good deal'. It was probably so-called "gaijin-friendly'' agency that scams tenants even more than regular ones. Cozy, though.
I lived like this in a bedroom community outside of Tokyo in the early 90s. My apartment was 9'x12' (much more spacious lol) and I also had the loft concept, but my ladder was vertical and I had a lower ceiling height. I paid over $1000/month plus key money. It was modern, clean and bright with large windows and a nice view. I remember my Japanese colleagues saying how nice my place was and how Japanese people my age would be envious. I actually didn't mind the small space, it wasn't hard to adapt. Cleaning was super quick and easy. I spent a lot of my time working and socializing so it worked for me.
Was wondering that too. I live in Alberta, Canada, and I have slip on sandals that I wear only inside. My street shoes are taken off as soon as I get in the door. It's pretty customary here, and is considered polite when going to someone else's home.
Is living in Tokyo really worth all this? Zero space, $600 a month, it's theft. My mortgage is $777 and I live near one of the IL suburbs that's loaded with Asian markets and restaurants. I'll stay here.
Why celebrate LGBT Pride? The history of oppression for LGBT persons has centered around notions of appropriateness/normality and invisibility. LGBT persons have often lost their families, their friends, their employment and their lives because others have deemed the way they love to be inappropriate or abnormal. Our society has a strong sense of gendered normality: Men do x and women do Y. Indeed, who we are allowed to love has historically been linked to that which is deemed appropriate for our gender. When an individual chooses to live with integrity, as an authenticate person, despite the societal dangers of doing so, they exemplify Pride; that is worthy of celebration. The freedom possessed by todays lgbt students was made possible by the courage and strength of individuals who refused to feel shame for who they were and Who lived authentically and openly, winning straight allies along the way. Instead of lamenting the paucity of role models living authentically when we, as educators, were in school, perhaps we are called to be the role model we wished we had had! Now, and every day, is the time for Pride!
Professor of LGBTQ Studies.
May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!!
As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs.
When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.