Happy Quarantine! The New Normal In Japan For 18 Months… ハッピー・クアランティン！ 1年半前から、日本のニュー・ノーマル、、、
Happy quarantine to everybody in the world!
Hope you’re staying healthy and got vaccinated!
I am, – therefore I quarantine.
I am an artist from Japan, therefore I challenge new life experiences.
My artistic practice is directly related to my “Japanese Experience”.
Arrived with “Mindulle”, my timely typhoon with 965 hectopascals at its center. The airplane was shaking and trembling while landing, but hey, keep calm when turbulences occur. Neither your Christian God, Allah, YHWH, Buddha, Vishnu or Japanese God, the Tenno, will help you when the plane crashes.
It took me foreseeable 3 hours getting quarantine formalities and re-entry procedures done in the airport. Extremely polite and helpful staff, some bilingual, with 150 Nepalis normally working in the airport.
“Google Maps”, “COCOA” (bluetooth) and “My SOS” apps must be installed on your smartphone. If you don’t possess a smartphone, you MUST rent one in the airport, on your own expense, ca. 15.000 Yen (120 Euro/ 130 US$).
PC or iPad / tablet not possible to use.
Your mobile telephone number, eMail address and seat number of your last flight will be controlled.
All the while, over 200 departure flights had been cancelled in the Tokyo region.
Via the attached pics you may get an idea how the quarantine experience looks like in Japan. As I live in Tokyo, speak Japanese, subtle nuances and differences need to be de-coded…, every viewer analyses a picture differently. That’s my way to communicate with my beloved Japanese people and the world.
I’ll up-date this thing from time to time, so stay tuned.
As I’m a non-conformista watch out for some nice surprises, until the end….
Now let’s try to fight the jet-lag without medicine…, actually, 10:43 a.m., got the call from the reception to inform my temperature: 36.3°C. Fine. In good shape.
A sunny beautiful day in Tokyo after the typhoon, the guys outside are playing tennis …
up-dating on 3rd of October:
Health condition’s fine, “My SOS” app is functioning. Yesterday received an AI message for video call, plus the info that my “quarantine last date” will be the 15.10.2021.
All the hotel accommodations are covered by Japan’s taxpayers’ money. In this regard, I don’t need to spent any Yen from the date of entering the country until the check-out of this business hotel, with its tiny rooms, on the 4th of October. Each person will be brought back to the airport, even if your hotel is already located in Tokyo. Understandable, because everybody has a different way to switch to the next accommodation, normally your home, in Japan.
A superb, well organised strategy in the context of COVID-19. In the morning of the 4th I will probably be checked for COVID-19 again. Keep in mind that after having delivered my “72- hours-before-flight-departure” negative “PCR-test analogue document” (expensive, QR Code or EU-certificate aren’t approved by the Japanese Health Ministry/Immigration) at the airport check-in counter, I was asked again for a COVID-19 test during the arrival procedure in Narita Airport.
Alcohol is prohibited in the room, however you may buy via online other items and let them deliver to your well guarded room.
3 meals per day, all the so called “bento”s (see the pics). After an announcement in your room at 7:27 a.m., 11:23 a.m. and 5:25 p.m., which each time is made twice in Japanese and twice in English, you can pick up the plastic bag, with your face mask on.
My room didn’t have any instant coffee. I asked yesterday at 7 p.m. the reception for something similar. It was promptly delivered as 3 sets with sugar and milk-cream powder. What a joy!
Unfortunately my jet-lag holds on, so I woke up at 5 a.m., minutes later Fuji-TV brought me the Imperial Adresses by His Majesties.
Welcome back to Imperial Japan!
Received 2 video calls from the Health Monitoring Center: 11:20 a.m. via human operator. We spoke in English.
He explained me the 3 rules I have to obey:
1) health info, replying before 2 p.m.,
2) location info (I’m here),
3) response of the AI video call, in which for 30 seconds you have to show your face plus background.
Further I was asked, if I arrived alone.
Everything seems to be o.k. with me.
Next video call at 1 p.m. through AI, which I responded.
Today I had to push twice the button “I’m here”, at 10:18 a.m. and 2:18 p.m..
For those who have to go through the same experience, please keep your stay/room of quarantine silent. With music on, you won’t hear the ringtone of your “My SOS” app. Some persons, especially elder people, may become neurotic, as you’re in a constant alert mood.
From what I read, there were cases, in which someone came to check, if you’re staying at your accommodation of quarantine. Before that situation happens, you may get several more video calls from a human operator.
In this regard, I tried hard not to stand out, unnecessarily attract attention.
From my personal experience, early in the morning, in the evening and at night, you won’t receive any calls/ringtones via “My SOS”.
To do the grocery shopping without stress, I recommend you to wait until the evening. Of course by complying the 3 rules! Mask on, keep the distance to others, disinfect and wash your hands!
“My SOS” app calls:
5. Oct: 11:31 health report, 12:17 I’m here, 13:04 AI video call, 13:17 I’m here
6. Oct: 10:16 I’m here, 11:30 health report, 12:30 AI video call, 13:20 I’m here
7. Oct: 9:15 I’m here, 11:30 health report, 12:05 AI video call, 17:15 I’m here
8. Oct: 9:14 I’m here, 11:25 health report, 12:41 AI video call, 14:15 I’m here
9. Oct: 9:14 I’m here, 10:21 health report, 11:58 AI video call, 16:13 I’m here
10. Oct: 10:12 I’m here, 11:15 AI video call, 11:18 health report, 14:15 I’m here
11. Oct: 9:09 I’m here, 11:04 AI video call, 11:13 health report, 13:09 I’m here
12. Oct: 8:12 I’m here, 10:26 AI video call, 11:13 health report, 13:11 I’m here
13. Oct: 10:44 AI video call, 11:08 I’m here, 11:24 health report, 14:08 I’m here
14. Oct: 9:07 I’m here, 9:58 AI video call, 11:07 health report, 14:08 I’m here
15. Oct: 9:06 I’m here, 10:05 AI video call, 11:05 health report, 14:08 I’m here
16. Oct: 2:23 night, My SOS app is still under the control of the Health Ministry.
Finally at 8:32 “Danke für Ihre Kooperation”.
Up-date, last day:
I practice art, which is directly related to my “Japanese Experience”.
To recapitulate, I haven’t been in the “questionable” countries like Belgium, Spain, Greece, Turkey or GB during the 2 weeks (15.9. – 30.9.) before my flight departure to Tokyo.
Plus, I got already vaccinated twice with German BioNTech.
Ergo, I like to have new life experiences.
Nevertheless, or because of that, let’s get back to all the dates regarding the “My SOS” app, the numbers of COVID-19 tests, plus, if “Japanese people” follow the rules / orders. I’m using the word “Japanese”, as this island is a “kind of”…attention, joke!!…”locked country” (Sakoku 鎖国). Since 18 months, only Japanese and a few foreigners with a, difficult-to-obtain, special permission can enter Japan.
Regarding these species of elite foreigners, I am one of them, lol.
“VIP-protected” by the Japanese government, so to speak.
72 hours before the flight to Japan, you’re obliged to take a COVID-19 PCR test, paid by yourself, costs ca. 150 Euro. Via a link which you find at the websites of the Japanese Embassy and of your airline, you must download that official form/sheet from the Health Ministry. A normal certificate by your doctor or test-center is NOT recognised, not accepted by the Japanese authorities.
If you’re negative, you can take the plane.
If you’re positive, understandably, in a common sense context, most airlines do cooperate in this precarious time.
You can easily cancel or change your already paid flight, or get a voucher.
My case (20 days of “COVID-19 stress”):
27th of September: COVID-19 PCR test
28th of September: On the Japanese form the exact results must be written in, signed and stamped by the doctor in charge
30th of September: Get many face masks prepared. After the measure of body temperature, flight. For transit, no COVID-test necessary. Airplane to Japan is always empty, as only 40 persons are allowed to board.
1st of October, arrival in the Tokyo Narita Airport: COVID-19 saliva test
4th of October, morning before checking out of the quarantine hotel: Another COVID-19 saliva test
4th – 15th of October (in fact the morning of the 16th!!): Quarantine at the accommodation / home address, you had written down on the “Written Pledge” of the Japanese government.
Without hesitation I can tell you that, – contrary to my behaviour – , many Japanese do NOT obey
1) these rules of 14 days quarantine,
2) purposely write wrong informations in the “Written Pledge”
3) despite forbidden, use public transportation from the airport to their home.
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to be continued 続き、、、
End of the day 2021/10/2
to be continued 続き、、、
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