Life in the Japanese Suburb Amidst the Coronavirus Outbreak

Japan is under a nationwide state of emergency right now. Even so, most people are still out and about. There are plenty of reasons why but I want to swerve from that matter. Based on what I’ve heard and seen on the news, the citizens aren’t taking this situation seriously. True or not, the government’s apparent slow response may have been a contributing factor in this. I don’t want it to sound like a blaming game but it could be the case. Without punitive measures or legal force, this move seems useless. The number of infections might continue to surge especially in the big cities. One of which is Tokyo. If you’re staying home, thank you.

It’s not in my place to judge the Japanese government’s way of addressing the issue. That I know for sure. Because I am one of those people who still go out while the world is burning. Before you raise an eyebrow, hear me out. It so happens that my husband and I live in the suburb where it’s always quiet. Day and night, I get to see about 5 to 10 people when I walk with my dog. Sometimes, none. And when I see them, it’s normally at a distance. It’s when I go to the supermarket that I’d be able to see more humans closely. By chance, I meet with one or two neighbors and hang out with them in less than 15 minutes. They seem to enjoy petting my dog and listening to me when I speak in English. When that happens, there’s always distance between us and one of us or all of us wear a mask.

You see, the physical contact here is very unlikely to happen on a daily basis. This is the reason why my husband and I are not that worried. We’re not being complacent, though. If we didn’t have a dog, we’d never go out as often as we’d have to. As of now, we’re doing our part by social distancing which is a common thing for us before this COVID-19 pandemic has even started and at the same time we want to remain being responsible dog owners by giving our very energetic dog an hour or two to release some of that energy in an open field where people are seldom present. We even go there by car. If not, I always make sure to leave the house during the most quiet hours. By that, I mean times of the day when there’s a million-to-one chance of bumping into fellow dog owners or pedestrians. For the time being, if the weather permits, we walk her once or twice a day. Just once if she’s able to run in the field which I always try to achieve.

This is one of the views my eyes always revel in when I’m out with my dog. It’s a public athletic field. Less than an hour away on foot and less than 20 minutes by car. I’m grateful that despite this terrible time, I get to witness such a pensive view. Here, I hear the birds sing along the humming breeze. I just love being close to nature that’s married to serenity. It’s my sanctuary. It definitely helps with my mental well-being.

Of course, if things change here in the suburb, we will stay at home until the craziness is over. Our dog would be the most affected. Still, we’ll do our best to keep her happy at home while being responsible citizens. And for us humans? We’ll do our best to stay alive for our furry buddy.

I’d also like to take this moment to honor the frontliners. What would the world be without them? Stay well, stay safe!

What’s it like in your place now? How are you holding up?

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Author: The Pinay Ajumma

1990 | Socially awkward | Chocolate addict

32 thoughts

  1. I get you and I can totally relate. Anytime I go to the store to pick up a few things I can tell that people aren’t taking it as seriously as they should but I will just continue to do my part. Great write up

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