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    Dear Katchu-Bunnies,

    "The times they are a-changing" and "It's the end of the world as we know it " are just two ways to describe the crazy times we are experiencing right now.
    As we are a group of like-minded individuals - friends, even - I thought it would be great if we could share about our current situations, let each other know what's happening in our part of the world and just think of each other every now and then. Maybe you're like me and would like to say a prayer for someone who's in a bad spot, maybe you'd rather light some incense or something like that, doesn't matter. But I like the idea that there's soemthing we can do, even if we are far away from each other.

    Stay safe, gents!
    David Mueller - Germany

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    Hi everybody,

    Strange times, stupid virus !
    In France we are starting our 2nd lock-down week. Except for people still working, everyone should keep home all the time, no visit, stay away from other people,do not shake hands, no more kisses ... Of course you may go out shopping food and health products but for brief moments only... I guess it's the same for many of us around the world.

    As for Sophie (my wife) and myself, things are not too bad. We stay at our house in the country with plenty of room inside and a big garden outside... Add ten days of beautiful sunny weather, some wine in the cellar and it really looks a bit like holidays... Just missing kids, great children and friends...

    I feel concerned for lonely people and families having to stay in small flats with little children not allowed to go and play outside, this must be very difficult sometimes.
    I'm very thankful for all the people who continue to work and make things keep on going straight (doctors, nurses, police force, firemen, drivers...).
    Every evening at 8 o'clock I step out my front door and clap my hands, like thousands of people all over the country, to thank them all.
    In our small village I can see none around, but every day at 8 pm I can hear some people clapping, shouting the same way. I don't know who they are, nor exactly were they live but it's a little moment very special. Like some kind of communion...

    Let us all get through this bad times with no harm
    Take care of yourself and your families.
    Stay safe...

    Dan
    Daniel GONY - FRANCE

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    • #3
      Thanks for the friendly idea and deeply felt considerations. I agree that families living in small flats in high-rise buildings must be finding it especially hard. Front-line doctors and nurses are doing a wonderfully brave job. In Japan the numbers are rising slowly, but it is not seen to be out of control yet. Perhaps because they are not testing, and the real numbers are hidden.(?)

      We had our first 'official' coronavirus positive patient in this prefecture on Sunday March 22, but a friend of mine caught it in China back in December and spent New Year holiday back here flat on his back suffering something like childhood asthma he said. Somehow he managed to go to college and teach in early January. So it must be here but not recognized.

      Although we are not in legal 'lockdown', most events have been cancelled from now all the way up to the Olympics, or like Sumo and Baseball, there is no live spectator audience. Thus there is no reason to go anywhere, I have been mostly at home since January, and I am lucky to have a small pension. I wear a face mask when I have to go somewhere in public, which is good manners here and helps you blend in. People without a mask are rare and stick out, as if you have some kind of point to prove.

      The virus is smaller than all of us, and devilishly constructed. Humanity vs Coronavirus. Only by knowing its nature and using that against it can we win. That requires both a collective and individual effort from humanity; each one of us is just as important in slowing and breaking its method of procreation, by disinfecting it, washing it off, and widening the distance of those synapses, etc.

      And in this way, we buy time.

      Good luck and play safe! Now is a great time to concentrate on all those little shelved projects.
      Last edited by Teppotai; 03-25-2020, 03:14 AM.
      Piers D - Japan / UK

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      • #4
        "Now is a great time to concentrate on all those little shelved projects."

        There was me thinking you had said "Now is a great time to concentrate on all those little shelved products."

        Stay safe !!
        Pip Pip Cheerio

        Malcolm

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        • #5
          Good to hear that so far, all of you are up and healthy!

          I share Daniel's and Piers' concerns about families in small flats, especially the ones without gardens or even balconies they can use to get a little bit of outside time. What concerns me even more is what I read this morning: that political leaders like Trump in the US or Bolsonaro in Brazil make statements that clearly show that they are much less interested in saving human lives than in saving the economy, which in their minds equals their political success. Even in Germany - where we don't have a legal lockdown, but schools and kindergartens are closed and meetings of more than two people are prohibited - there are some who question the benefit of the measures (which is saving lives) over the restrictions and cost to the economy... that makes me really sick.

          Although I do have to admit that I'm in no tight spot at all. I work for a national research institution and am perfectly able to work from home. Even though our flight simulators are obviously not active these days, there's tons of stuff to keep us busy, so I receive my regular salary. Therefore it's comparably easy for me and my family to cope with the situation, but I'm aware that it's quite different for many people out there, especially in countries with less generous social systems than ours...

          Let's pray that the strategy of buying time works out, that restrictions are not given up too early and that humanity indeed proves to be stronger than the virus - because each one of us does his best to slow it down and stop its spread.
          All the best to you, friends! God bless.
          David Mueller - Germany

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          • #6
            Well, for my wife and me, covid is the past already. We both had it last week, thanks to a fantastic weekend with friends in Bordeaux. 2/3 of the group,was,sick after 4 days. We survived! Stay away from it, stay safe.
            Luc Taelman -

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            • #7
              Unfortunately, one of my friends is fighting for his life right now.
              Luc Taelman -

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              • David M
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                A fast and full recovery for your friend Luc!

            • #8
              In this first wave at least maybe people will get the full attention that they need... fingers crossed for a happy outcome for your friend.
              Piers D - Japan / UK

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              • #9
                Luc; good to hear that you and your wife managed to overcome the virus (which of course the large majority will do in the end).
                I’m currently flat on my back fighting off bouts of fever and severe headaches. As I also experience light coughing, I tend to believe that I might have crossed path with Mr Corona. But as we don’t test people not belonging to a risk-group, I’ll probably never know for sure.
                Earlier today, I was in contact with Massimo. To say that he and his family is in the middle of the worst Corona can bring, is probably the best way to describe it.
                During our conversation, he started to post pictures of his kabuto collection, which is very nice. I of course returned the favor. So, for 10-15 minutes, Massimo could take his mind off the severe situation he is in, and I could forget about my pounding headache. I think that is what friendship over the borders and a common passion can do.
                About an hour ago, a package from an old friend living in Kanagawa, arrived at my door. The two of us shares a passion for the tea ceremony, ceramics etc.
                In order to raise the samurai spirit within me, he gave me a scroll depicting a hawk sitting on a Pine-branch. A perfect example of martial spirit blended with something truely Japanese, the wind through the Pines.
                My spirit temporarily lifted, I took a Shigaraki-vase into which I placed a Sakura-branch that I picked before I got sick. The buds opened up last night, so I thought that I better take advantage of the situation.
                So, together with my conversation with Massimo and the new scroll, I managed to kill off a few hours 🙂
                Please stay safe, my friends!

                Jan

                P.s Yesterdays relief-package from Okayama is def not forgotten, Piers 🙂
                Jan - Sweden

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                • #10
                  That’s the spirit to fight the beast Jan. One more friend in the hospital today.
                  thanks for the kind words gentlemen, but I think that the situation in Italy is much worse than here in Belgium, where it looks like they have control over the situation
                  Luc Taelman -

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                  • #11
                    You are correct, Luc. Countries like Italy and Spain are really struggling right now. And after watching CNN today, I guess the US can be in for a few turbulent weeks ahead.
                    Let’s hope that your friends in hospital, turns it around and get healthy again.
                    I’m def heading back to bed. Getting large packages from Japan is good for the mind, not so much for a feverish body 🙂😷

                    Jan
                    Jan - Sweden

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                    • #12
                      Really sorry to learn these bad news about Jan, Luc's friend and Massimo... Hope everyone fight victoriously and recover rapidly & fully from that COVID-19 attack.
                      I post pictures of a little kabuto with a special thought for Massimo and Jan.

                      Best regards
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                      Daniel GONY - FRANCE

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                      • Teppotai
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                        Sweet. How small is that, Daniel?

                    • #13
                      Hi Piers,

                      Diameter of the hachi is about 8 cm...
                      It's really built like a regular samurai kabuto. I really like these miniatures...
                      Daniel GONY - FRANCE

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                      • #14
                        For you, Daniel 😉

                        Jan
                        Jan - Sweden

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                        • Jan Pettersson
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                          Fever yesterday, no fever today! I guess it’s a waiting game... But thanks for asking 🙏🏻🙂

                        • Teppotai
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                          Jan, hang in there! No kissing or hugging in the meantime!

                        • Dan
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                          Thank you Jan, I appreciate.
                          Hope you are getting better and better every day.

                      • #15
                        Dear friends,
                        sorry for my absence but as you all well know Italy has been rocked with one of the worst catastrophies of the post WW II era. And even before Covid9 knocked at my door, it has sabotaged our lives and works since early march.
                        As many of you know I work in the media industry as deputy editor in chief of a major weekly magazine and editor in chief of a smaller weekly magazine of the biggest publishing house in Italy. Well, we had to shut down in a hurry all the offices and set up a smart working network in just two weeks because of the lockdown
                        . Then the virus hit my wife , luckily in what the doctors call a “mild” way ( but as Jan can testify it is not mild at all with very high fever and splitting headaches) but at least not in the deadly form that attacks the lungs and has already killed over 11.000 people (7.500 only in Lombardy where I live) and some dear friends of mine.
                        So you can guess how worried Iwas hearing similar news from Jan and Luc: luckily Luc is out of it (and his wife is on the way out) and Jan is hopefully on the mend too and so seems my wife ( now we have to wait for 14 days to see if my daughter or I have been infected).
                        As Jan correctly writes , the half hour we spent exchanging pictures (something I rarely do , since my collection is really modest) was a breath of fresh air and the proof once more, if you had any need to prove it, that sharing our common passion is a real blessing, for the mind and for the soul.
                        The only thing I can add to this very long post is to try and keep safe: the only way up to now we have to fight and win against this monster is cutting it down like you do with wildfires, by breaking up the chain of contagion.
                        So if the virus come near you stay home, stay home, stay home. I am a cautious person, but I understimated too the quickness this virus spreads.
                        Stay home, protect yourselves and your beloved one wearing gloves and facemasks ( not of the Ressei type, though) if you have to move around, and don’t socialise.
                        Except in the forums , exchanging pictures and knowledge.
                        This is the best medicine of all.
                        Bless you all, keep safe and thanks for your kindness.
                        Massimo

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                        • Jan Pettersson
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                          Keep your head down, my friend!

                        • Dan
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                          Massimo,Hope your wife (and every one around you) recovers rapidly.
                          Regards.
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