- Japan OKed free Covid-19 vaccinations for residents. The goal is June 2021 for everyone to get vaccinated - just in time for the Olympics :) Unfortunately in the mean time, numbers continue to rise, though it appears that they're starting to level off a bit.
- As I'm the head of the block this year in my neighborhood, I have some extra duties, like attending a monthly neighborhood association meeting and disseminating information to my block. Each month a portion of the heads have a neighborhood patrol duty. We walk our block with official day-glow green neighborhood watch vests, a lantern, a mini-light saber (used by all the traffic guys), and two long pieces of wood.
The guy in front slaps to wood together twice and we repeat an announcement in unison. This time it was "空きすの用心、火の用心", or "Take precautions against burglars. Take precautions against fire". It seems appropriate for this time of year. The patrol took about 20 minutes, helped me close my rings for the day, and I got to see parts of the neighborhood I'd never been.