Last weekend was a three-day weekend in Japan; we had a substitute day off for National Foundation Day (建国記念の日), which fell on a Sunday. Despite being a few hours away by train, my friend Nikki and I decided to go for a day of skiing in Tanigawadake, Gunma Prefecture!
Last month, I was hospitalized for the second time in Japan, this time for gallbladder surgery. Just like before, I was very happy with my care, and I’ve been meaning to write about my experience. Also like before, I understood Japanese, and so most of the hospital experience was in Japanese unless my friends were visiting, which means that I can’t comment on the English side of things. In this piece, I will:
- explain when the gallstone problem started
- describe the surgery and aftereffects
- reveal what it cost on Japanese national health insurance
- share my thoughts as a whole