Some important pieces of advice for newbies at this time of year.
The heat and humidity provides an ideal environment for the growth of moulds. Get those nice shoes you only wear to important meetings and first dates out of the closet. Wipe them off with a damp cloth and put them in the sun. The same for your leather bras, whips as well as jackets and bags. If you have the energy, now would be a good time to apply some mink oil or other protective creams/sprays to your leather goods or body. Put your leathers in the sun at least once every week or two until September. If you go on holidays, be sure to leave your goods in the open, preferably in a location where the sun can shine on them while you're gone. If one of you scientist types has better advice in regards to mould prevention, please let us know.
Don't buy a kerosene heater in preparation for next winter. I know this is a controversial topic and there are persons in the general public who would disagree. Kerosene heaters stink and do not burn nearly as efficiently as the manufacturers would like you to believe. Using an unvented kerosene heater is as bad as running your car in your living room. Use electric heaters. Your bill will go up and, yes, you probably will pay a bit more than you would to heat with kerosene, but the difference is not significant (Y3,000 - Y4,000/month). If you smoke, however, feel free to ignore this advice.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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