The Daily Grind

One thing I can say about Japanese customers after living in the country for 30 years is this: Japanese customers are quiet, fair, possess a dry, critical but practical way of dealing with things and are hard-nosed, some of the most hard nosed customers in the world I think. They like what is good, dislike what is bad, and simply stop using something that doesn’t work for them. But once they feel betrayed by a product, they silently drop it and never come back.

iOS 11.4 Beta 3 Does Not Fix The iPhone X Apple Pay Suica Error Problem

Just a public service message that iOS 11.4 beta 3 (15F5061e) does not fix the iPhone X Suica Problem.

Meanwhile, in other news mentioned by atadistance.net, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

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This week, 28 April through 06 May, is Golden Week in Japan. The holidays are:

The middle bit are usually two vacation days. Some have to work but can telecommute, which is acceptable. Some poor souls have to go into the office for those two days.

I thought I was going to be one of those poor souls, but my project is in a holding pattern. That is great as I can take the days off, but sadly I couldn’t plan for a week-long vacation like I did last year in Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.

Shed no tears: there are so many events happening in and around Tokyo this week plus the day tripper opportunities abound. Keep an eye on my feed for the “where is he now” updates.

Shibuya 1-chome, Tokyo, Japan
23°C

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From https://atadistance.net/2018/04/13/jr-east-and-apple-quietly-fix-a-suica-weakness/:

One of neat things about Apple Pay Suica is how easy it is to add, delete and migrate Suica cards to different iPhones. iCloud and Mobile Suica keep the Suica card information and balance safe and secure no matter what device it’s on.

There was one weakness however: the Suica card ID number changed every time the card was deleted and re-installed in Wallet. …

Fortunately Apple and JR East have fixed this weakness. Now when you delete a Suica card from Wallet and re-install it the Suica ID number does not change.

I was annoyed by this “weakness”, which probably was a design flaw. Glad to see it is addressed but not looking forward to the next time this applies to me.

Apple Pay Suica Spring Campaign 2018:

JR East kicked off their Apple Pay Suica 2018 spring campaign today, running March 19 to April 30. It’s an exact repeat of the 2017 spring campaign:

(Via Ata Distance)

Check out the article for all the juicy details, such as:

The tricky part is that you have to use the Suica App and have a Mobile Suica account to purchase a new Suica commuter plan or receive the ¥2,000 cash-back refund.

Joel gives you the information you need.

When I wear my Detroit Tigers baseball hat I get treated differently. I’m not an afficianado of Japanese culture as a resident. I’m a tourist when wearing the hat. It sucks. I argued with a waitress at a restaurant I’ve visited many times about the fact that they have an English menu. It took another server to recognize me me get the conversation past the disconnect. Then I visited a pub oriented to foreigners. When I ordered a traditional drink I was grilled to make sure I knew what I was ordering. So, Westerners coming to Japan: don’t wear baseball hats and hide your tattoos.

It’s odd experiencing a foreign “holiday” like St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish, so I consider the current concept of this day as particularly American. Right or wrong, it seems to me this concept is true in many places.

I’ve experienced the day in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Brussels. They’re all interesting in their own way.

This is my third SPD in Japan, and I possessed no idea it was coming. Last week I realized I missed Valentine’s Day.

My calendar needs an upgrade.