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Hannah Kirshner
Food stylist and writer, author of WATER, WOOD, AND WILD THINGS; Learning Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town ( 2021)
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Hannah Kirshner 3h
I just returned to Japan and mailed my NY ballot right before leaving the US. I didn't know mailing it to the embassy was an option!
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Hannah Kirshner 3h
Replying to @ThisLeadenPall
Glad you thought so! It was all very opaque before I went, so I tweeted the things I would have liked to have known.
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Hannah Kirshner 9h
Replying to @rachel_thorn_en
I'm really looking forward to being old enough to wear matching outfits with my husband.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
I arrived to a life I left behind last December (thinking I'd be back in a few months), my umbrella still leaning outside the door, slippers in the genkan, rice rope from last year's hoshigaki still hanging from the laundry pole on the balcony.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
We're not allowed to take public transportation (including domestic flights) before quarantine, so my friend picked me up and drove me the 5 hours back to Yamanaka, where my landlady had filled my fridge and aired out my futon.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
Finally, I was given my passport and waved through to baggage and customs. The whole thing took about 3 hours from the time we landed.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
When it was my turn, an immigration agent took my test results from New York, my letter of permission for rentry, my visa, my passport, and whatever other paperwork I still had in hand. Then they held my passport while I waited again for about 20 minutes.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
There was more paperwork at immigration, to fill out as we waited in line.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
We sat in another waiting area. When they called my number, less than an hour later, I was given a sticker and a slip of red paper signifying my negative test result, and sent to immigration.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
We submitted our vials and were each given a number. Then they checked our paperwork, and we walked to the next area where we submitted contact tracing paperwork. the agent confirmed I had a place to quarantine and a ride there.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
When they took us to the testing area, we filled out more paperwork. We were given plastic vials and tiny funnels for a saliva test. There were booths for spitting into the vials, with pictures of umeboshi and lemons on the walls.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
When we landed, there was more paperwork, as we waited in a row of chairs to be taken to the testing area. We were moved to another row of chairs, then another, then a third.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
Onboard, there was more paperwork.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
An hour before my flight, they escorted my group to our gate.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
In Taipei, transfer passengers were required to wait for an escort. We walked like a school group, with staff ahead of and behind us, to a transfer holding area. Basically, a waiting room, with a nice little cafe and decent food. Folks wore masks between sips of coffee or beer.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
The EVA air flight crew wore disposable gowns and gloves. Hygiene theater! They handed us alcohol wipes once we were in our seats. Everyone wore masks correctly. I had a whole row (as did most passengers) and slept most of the flight.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
At 11pm in the terminal, Bvlgari and Hermes were open, but all the food shops were closed. There's a PPE vending machine. There was no one there besides people waiting for my flight, and airport staff.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
There was more paperwork when I arrived at JFK, this time for transferring through Taipei (for contact tracing information, and swearing I'm not sick). They carefully checked my test results and all my documents for Japan before letting me line up to check my bags
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
Two days before my flight, I was tested at Mount Sinai (free). I needed a doctor to sign the paperwork the Japanese government provides. So when results came back about 18 hours later I went to a Mount Sinai urgent care, and a doctor kindly certified my results.
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Hannah Kirshner 10h
Replying to @sweetsnbitters
(Meanwhile, NYC announced rapid PCR testing sites: )
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