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Kairan-ban: How to contact within a community group

In this modern age, there is still an analogue communication method alive and active in a residential area. ‘Kairan-ban’ which literally means a ‘circulation board’ is the one. Kairan-ban is a clipped board to circulate within the community carrying non-business, local-based information and announcements such as notice of the community work and events, request for a donation and crime alert. To keep the freshness of the information, members are encouraged to pass it to the next recipient as soon as possible. The order of the circulation is usually the order of the location of the house; it comes from your ...

Kitchen garden

 

To have a kitchen garden is one of the popular hobbies among Japanese. Usually, people rent a little space at nearby house, which is easy for daily care. Common products are seasonal vegetables and herbs. Mainly, the object of having kitchen garden is to satisfy the natural demand to feel nature closely and enjoy the fresh harvest as a result, rather than economic purposes like saving the budget to buy veggies. Frankly speaking, paying the rent, prepare the tools and buying pots of seedlings, not really seeds in many cases for the best result, end up quite a cost. But ...

Maternal and Child Health Handbook originating in Japan

When you are officially confirmed pregnant at the hospital, you are requested to go to your local city hall to receive ‘Boshi-techo’; Maternal and Child Health Handbook. It is a handy diary-size booklet that contains the basic knowledge that mother-to-be would wish to know; how to maintain maternal health and how to take care of the baby at every growth stage. Boshi-techo is issued by each local government to every mother-to-be regardless of her nationality. It often contains several cards which provide some free medical check-ups and screenings.   The course of pregnancy Various progress is recorded Examination date The ...

Garbage disposal in Japan

It’s been quite decades since the separation of household garbage was started in several communities. By now almost all communities have established the full set of rules on garbage management and put them into practice rigorously. For new comers to the community, the chart and list will be given which tells you how to separate items correctly and how to dispose them properly. Unsorted disposal is not allowed or they will be left uncollected. Garbage is chiefly categorized into 5 groups Burnable garbage, non-burnable garbage, plastic, over-sized garbage, and recyclables such as cans, bottles, glasses, batteries, papers in different types, ...

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