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Wednesday, December 08, 2004



Oh yeah. I never did get around to making those origami cranes. But I will.


J, thank you for the link. I didn't know I was a nominee, I'm honored and surprised. I found some other great links on the nominee list too, a lot I wouldn't have otherwise known about, so thank you for that too.

Adamu, so you don't like my blog. Oh well. For the record, I didn't say anything about sub-third world treatment, the treatment in Japan is actually extremely good. Some of the social customs are different yes, but that's all I mentioned. I didn't request yours or anyone else's pity, I don't think I received any anyway, "Good luck" is not the same as "Poor thing," and I do in fact plan to keep writing upon my return to the States.

Everyone else, thank you so much for the kind and generous well wishes. All went very well, and I'm happily back home.


I hope that this will cheer you up a little bit: congratulations on your nomination for the "Asian Blog Award":



You really deserve this! Now let's all vote for Karla.


Hope you get well soon. Despite all your complaints about the sub-third-world treatment you're receiving maybe you'll appreciate that 70% of the procedure is paid for automatically if you are a part of the insurance scheme.

I hope this pity-fest of a blog ends as soon as you leave the country.


Sorry I didn't read this earlier. Hope all goes well. I stayed in a Japanese hospital once, survived and I have to say that one or two of the nurses were quite happy to give some personal service - if you get my drift....a blow-up job. And when it comes to reading, I wish I had been given the chance to recommend a new book I've really enjoyed on Japan. It's called Extremes: Contradictions in Contemporary Japan by a chap called G M Thomas. Lots of stuff, places and people I'd never known of...and a bit of sex as well.
You can buy it from amazon japan and a google search throws up some other web sellers as well.



I really love reading your blog. You write really well, and your descriptions of your observations in Japan are spot on, having lived there myself for a year and a half.

Your post about Japanese hospitals reminds me of my experiences in one, though I was fortunate that I didn't need to stay overnight. I'll blog about it soon as I can. Meantime, I hope that you feel better soon.

Gene Hamilton

Good luck. Don't let them put you in Room 4.


Your entries are fascinating. You have an intriguing perspective on Japanese culture :D




I've been reading your blog for a while and you always sum up Japan much better than I ever could. Great work.

I hope that your "procedure" goes well and I wish you a speedy recovery.


Get well soon!


Been to hospital in Japan after my 1st week arrival. One good thing about doctors in Japan, is they will do a very completely and thorough checkup for everything. It can be abit slow, but it's for the benefits of the patients.

Anyway, good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Good luck, & speedy recovery! (How goes the crane? I recommend starting slow, get the initial folds as perfect as possible. If your paper breaks a lot, try getting it a little bit moist with a damp cloth, at first and between some of the later folds. And... consider this a request for crane photos.)


Best wishes for an uncomplicated stay in the hospital, and a speedy recovery. I'm sending you my positive karma from Austin.


I have enjoyed reading about your experiences in Japan. Each day I sign on and look forward to reading what you have written. It takes me away from my world in Michigan. Thank you for sharing your world!

Please have a speedy recovery..I wish you well



I'm one of those random foreigners on Japanese TV now, but ten years ago I was an English teacher in Fukui prefecture (right next door to you) and have immensely enjoyed reading your blogs. Just thought I'd drop you a line wishing you a quick recovery and offering to buy you a cup of coffee anytime you're in Tokyo.



like a greeting card.

wishing you a speedy recovery and sharp folds.


Good luck - I hope it goes smoothly. I know I am a bit late with this advice but you know you don't *have* to go so early. One thing I learnt having a baby here is that if you are prepared to be mildly obstreperous and don't mind them thinking you are an ignorant and slightly annoying foreigner, you can get away with rather a lot. If you wanted to go home for the weekend, you could. You just say "I will go home for the weekend and return on Monday" and they hum and ha and then you go...
Of course, some time with nothing to do but fold cranes and read books sounds rather lovely too!


Good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery. You don't mention how long you will be there after "the procedure" so I am hoping it is nothing major. We will all be tinking of you and anxiously awaiting your next post.At least you have several days with nothing to do but read and relax!

M Stevens

You are much more prepared than I was when I stayed in a Japanese hospital. For example, I didn't realize I needed to bring my own sanitary napkins, as well as just about everything else. Luckily I was there only overnight.

Did they want a signature of your father or husband or other responsible male? This was an issue in a novel I read recently. And it reminded me that they had asked as me much, but the doctor waived the usual requirements as I was American and all. Plus I was on the verge of hysteria, and they didn't want a scene. Sometimes ignorance and foreigness can really be used to one's advantage.


Just got done with my own hospital stay here in the USofA. Hope your goes as quickly and smoothly as mine. May swift healing and managable roommates be yours!


Wait, I want to know about the procedure, too! I don't remember you mentioning a procedure. I hope everything is okay.


So, right... you'd probably have mentioned it if you intended to, but I'm going to ask anyway: What kind of "procedure" are you going to be having?

If you'd rather not say, then don't, but I feel like someone should ask the obvious question at this point.

Beyond that, I wish you well.


Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.
Looking forward to seeing you when you return to Texas.


Take care of yourself - I'm looking forward to your report :)

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