Good morning everyone,

It's too early to tell exactly where the typhoon will hit, but either way it looks like we'll get some clouds and rain from it starting on Sunday and continuing into next week. I'm not a big fan of riding my bike in the rain (or not being able to do my laundry), but the rain will be a nice break from this oppressive heat...and hopefully it'll make things a bit cooler once the typhoon passes by.

Do you ever take the streetcar? I never do...well, that's not entirely true. I guess I probably ride it once or twice a year, so I was shocked to hear that the prices have been raised. Did you know they were going up?

The price of a cash fare is now Y180 and Y170 if you use PASPY (it changed from August 1st). Just 3 years ago, the prices were Y150 and Y140 respectively.

What do you think of the price of the streetcar going up by 20% over the span of three years? Especially, if you consider that during the same period, salaries for most workers went up by between 1%-2%. I know that most people who take the streetcar will have their passes paid for by their company. But there are a lot of kids (whose parents will have to fork over the extra fare amount) and young mothers who need the train to get around. Of course, it seems like the largest group of users is probably seniors who are all on a fixed income and will really feel the pinch in their wallets as well.

It's true that it might not be a big deal to most people, but I hope that the government keeps an eye on Hiroden to make sure that they take into consideration those of us who really need to watch their pennies before making any future increases in costs for the streetcar that constitutes a daily necessity in Hiroshima.

Have a great day!

PS if you see more English teachers out there riding bicycles, it'll be because we can't afford to take the streetcar anymore...

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