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iwillneverbehappy 2 days ago

Hi Vashti, this is a bit of a random question, but have you watched Sans Soleil? Both the Anthony Bourdain screencap, and your upcoming trip to Japan reminded me of it.

vashti 2 days ago

@iwill, I have not, but my precursory internet search suggests that I will like it, so I will try to watch it before my departure ♡ Thank you

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Once again asking for advice, & I know it's ironic to ask here of all places, but any advice on how to reduce screentime? I'm averaging a little over two hours a day & my goal is at least less than two hours, but preferably less than one. I suppose I am turning to the internet because there is no one IRL to ask.
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soulbox 2 days ago

We're really bad at reducing screen time (we live on the screen) but I try to occupy myself with some other online activity. Like I have some puzzle games on my phone but like... not the candy crush or anything. Word searches or crossword puzzles. There

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soulbox 2 days ago

Woops. Sorry pressed enter. There's this website where you can do random jigsaw puzzles. There's this coloring app on my phone too. It'll never be like the real thing but it's a start to curb the addiction... I think it helps. Gets my mind into something else.

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tehuan 2 days ago

i like leaving my phone at the bottom of my bag, tbh. it helps a lot. bringing a book & journal with me everywhere... little puzzle books instead of mobile games. something to keep your hands busy (crochet/knitting/other portable crafts are great for that). CD player has made music more fun & intentional.

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tehuan 2 days ago

also, a cheap little flip phone as an alternative to a smartphone is helpful for if you need communication in case of emergency (walks at night for example) but wanna leave your phone at home or have it somewhere like the bottom of your bag!

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softteddypaws 2 days ago

set timers!!!!

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maplebear 2 days ago

timers!! but also having hobbies and activities that don't involve a screen - painting, drawing, reading, knitting, walking, journaling...

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mleko 2 days ago

child lockware. itll lock you out after a certain amount of usage, or a certain time

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angelogistics 1 day ago

i dont rlly care abt reducing it but i think the best way to actually do it is to switch to paper for notes/ calendars etc. and swap digital for tactile, as well as keeping yourself busy ^_^ if you go to groups/clubs/ do hobbies without screens then you won't be on your screens! also just hanging out with people tbh.. you still need enrichment n stuff in your life :o)

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Was just catching up with your site & wanted to say how much I love it ♡ Your writing about the little print out for your wallet was very inspirational for me. Just very resonant ♡♡♡
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callus 3 days ago

wow thank you, I admire your site a lot I think the same of your writing

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Hello everyone; I am in search of a long Japanese novel (translated into English) to bring with me on my trip to Japan. The longer the better: I'll have three weeks & more than a day and a half of plane rides to read it. Looking for something classic rather than contemporary, though I am open to contemporary.
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saddleblasters 3 days ago

You could try the Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki. I think it meets your criteria. I haven't read the book but I saw Kon Ichikawa's film adaption a few months ago, which has become one of my favorite movies.

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maggotgirl2002 3 days ago

i don't know many japanese novels, but i know of The Makioka Sisters by Tanizaki, Out by Natsuo Kirino, Kokoro by Soseki is really popular at my work, and Botchan, if you haven't read any of those already.! much luck, and i hope you have a wonderful trip •ﻌ•ྀི

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pumpkin-ninja 3 days ago

Coin Locker Babies, written by Ryû Murakami. This book literally emptied my mind.

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vashti 3 days ago

@saddle; I've had The Makioka Sisters on my to-read list forever, but had forgotten about it, so thank you!

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vashti 3 days ago

@My beloved Lisa, I actually checked out Kokoro & Real World by Natsuo Kirino from the library a week or two ago, (I looked for Out, but they didn't have it). Same wave lengths even miles away! This current must be part of why we're such good friends.

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vashti 3 days ago

@pumpkin, I haven't heard of that book before, thank you!

saddleblasters 3 days ago

A book I really like is Grass for my Pillow by Saiichi Maruya. It's about a draft dodger wandering the country during the war, so it might be interesting to read it during your own travels. lots of rumination about japanese society/bureaucracy mixed with lyrical description of seaside towns. if i remember correctly, it's in the 300-400 page range, so not short, but not super long either.

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vashti 3 days ago

@saddle, that is exactly my type of thing, & short enough that I can probably read it before my departure ! & then take Makioka Sisters with me as my companion book ^^ Have you mentioned it on your site before? Grass for my Pillow, I mean. I feel like you have

turd 3 days ago

seconding maggotgirl with out by natsuo kirino! although it’s contemporary, the writing and characters are so enjoyable ٩(^ᴗ^)۶ also, I’d say the length is perfect for a plane ride

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vashti 3 days ago

@turd, I will have to bring that one too then :o) The friend that I am going with is staying longer than me & was looking for books to read, so I can read it on the way & leave it with her ^^

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suboptimalism 3 days ago

the longest and most classic japanese novel is without a doubt genji monogatari

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maplebear 3 days ago

+1 for the makioka sisters! but there's also Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa! also, hope you have loads of fun there! <3

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turd 3 days ago

also, unrelated, but happy belated birthday! ♡ₓₒₓₒ

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vashti 2 days ago

@suboptimalism, I was thinking Genji too. I bet it would be easy to find a copy too. Normally I read library books or on my laptop, but I want a physical book to bring with me, hence my desire for a really long book.

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vashti 2 days ago

@maple, I haven't heard of Musashi before but it seems really cool! Thank you 💐

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