Quarantine journal

The Japanese immigration procedure does not end after having gone through customs. At least not during Corona times. You then have to undergo a 14 day quarantine and are not allowed to use public transport including taxi to get to the quarantine location.

I’m spending these 14 days in an apartment we rented. James drove me there in a rental car. The place is centrally located in the Kuramae district and as soon as the two weeks are over I will buy a bicycle and will start exploring!

Apart from going through quarantine, I had to add the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare as a contact in my Line app, had to download the Japanese Covid app COCOA and to activate a tracking function in my iPhone. The instructions stated that “Proper installation of the app of location services will be confirmed during quarantine/immigration inspection at the airport. In the event of any violations, the name of the receiving company/organization* will be made public and the use of the above services will be discontinued.“. In Switzerland you would just have to pay a fine :-) * That’s the company where James works.

Anyway, no one checked my phone even though I passed multiple checkpoints during the immigration process

On top of everything, over the whole period of my quarantine, I have to measure my body temperature every morning at the same time and report it together with any symptoms I might exhibit to a contact person from James’ company. So, as I’m measuring and reporting anyway, I can also blog it….


Day 1 after arrival and first night: Body temperature 35.6°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 18°C (sunny) – Unpacked all luggage, created some feel home corners


Day 2: Body temperature 35.5°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 19°C (sunny) – Installed working corner with second monitor. Got a present delivered.


Day 3: Body temperature 35.8°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 23°C (sunny) – Cut some of the kakis to air-dry on the balcony. Had to use dental floss to thread the slices.


Day 4: Body temperature 35.9°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 19°C (hazy) – First day in total isolation without any food delivery by J.


Day 5: Body temperature 35.5°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 21°C (hazy) – Working on my big project. Remotely from at home like many others nowadays. Just a bit more remotely than most…


Day 6: Body temperature 35.9°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 24°C (partly cloudy) – Getting antsy. Thinking about walking up and down the stairwell. I’m on the 7th floor and the stairs are in the open air. Should I? Should I not?


Day 7: Body temperature 36.3°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 24°C (overcast) – I’m feeling more and more like the princess and the pea. My bed is quite hard, which is just perfect, but i feel every spring and there are lots of them. So far I tried to cushion the springs with my yoga mat, my yoga mat reinforced by a thick towel, two thick blankets. I still feel like a princess…


Day 8: Body temperature 36.2°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 19°C (sunny) – Half way through my quarantine!!! Should receive a padded mattress cover today. No time off on a Saturday for the construction workers in the back of the picture.


Day 9: Body temperature 35.8°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 20°C (sunny) – Slept on my new Nitori memory foam mattress cover. Don’t feel like a princess anmyore.


Day 10: Body temperature 36.1°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 19°C (sunny) – Public holiday. Worked out how to operate the rice cooker – thanks to the mobile app Google Translate – and have been eating Japanese rice for the last two days.


Day 11: Body temperature 36.2°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 15°C (cloudy with a 30% probability of rain) – Started planning my release.


Day 12: Body temperature 36.0°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 13°C (rainy) – Yesterday, when trying to take a photo of the gleam from the outside corridor I detected a visitor. Although I’m not a princess anymore, I still seem to live in a fairy tale….


Day 13: Body temperature 36.1°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 19°C (hazy) – Almost there! I’m starting to count the hours instead of the days…


Day 14: Body temperature 36.0°C (no symptoms) – Outside temperature 13°C (overcast with a 40% probability of rain) – Had my first guests on the balcony. Two sweet sparrows. Too shy to be photographed. Last day of my quarantine! Finally! I look forward to my first post-quarantine izakaya visit tonight after midnight and to buying a bike tomorrow to start exploring Tokyo. I will probably write about some of it :-)


Average morning body temperature during my quarantine: 35.9°C

Average outside temperature (forecast by JMA) during my quarantine: 19°C and steadily getting cooler.

Couldn’t find a correlation between the two temperatures ;-)

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