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Monday, December 11, 2017

Geography Now! - Featuring Jamaica and Japan / Hiroshima today /Jamaica Charity Gala / Dentsu to pay employees ¥2.4 billion for overtime work

Hi again,

Wow, haven't blogged since September. Probably the longest break I have taken from blogging since I started. It's been a busy few months since I returned from Bali in September.

Last time my feature was on Negril in Jamaica, now I'm going on to Hiroshima in Japan. Another one of my favorite cities.


Most people only know of Hiroshima from the atomic bomb during world war 2. But Hiroshima has since bounced back from that a long time ago and is now a thriving city. I lived pretty close to there for 3 years and I really enjoyed going there.

I deliberately avoided using the following 2 pictures as the first picture, because these are the 2 most famous pictures that come up when people talk about Hiroshima.

Miyajima shrine

Genbaku Dome - that withstood the Atomic Bomb

If you go to this area, there will be a lot of Japanese people that will try to talk to foreigners about what happened during the atomic bomb and the sad stories behind it. The ones who survived, were actually then discriminated even by other Japanese. 

They usually paint a very one sided picture though and if you ever mention about the Hawaii bombing that preceded the Hiroshima bombing, there is either going to be a fierce debate or they will walk away. 

Anyway, Hiroshima is still somewhat foreigner friendly and  foreigners don't really get the usual stares because many foreigners are always there. The food is also amazing!!! I highly recommend Hiroshima's Okonomiyaki. 



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Day 3397 (Dinner with Company Director)
Saturday, September 30, 2017 

Had dinner with a few coworkers and my company director after our quarterly group meeting. We went to Shake Shack in Shinjuku, which I highly recommend. 



Day 3407 (Replaced Phone) 
Thursday, October 12, 2017

My phone was malfunctioning for about 2 -3 weeks and I decided not to get a new one or fix it because...It was too expensive. I eventually gave up and bought a new one at the apple store in Ginza, about a 7 mins walk from my workplace. They said to me that the problem with my phone has been a reoccurring problem so they took my old phone and gave me a new one of the same model, for a discounted price. Luckily I had insurance on the previous phone.   


Day 3408 (Yearly Health Check)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Did my yearly health check today and had to drink barium. I hate this part of the health check because I had to drink it then go on a machine that turns you all over the place. If I burped, I had to drink it again! And I burped several times. So I had to drink it again (just once again). 

The doctor was telling me try not to burp, but I told him that's impossible because I have a kind of acid reflux thing going on that cause me to almost definitely burp.  

This machine spins you all over the place,
with barium in your stomach!

Eventually the doctor gave up after I told him I will do the stomach camera later instead. Everything else about my check up was fine, except for this. 

The results eventually showed that I also have to monitor mi salt and sugar intake very carefully.


Days 3418 (Watching over Lord of the Rings)
Monday, October 23, 2017


Didn't go to work because a big storm was hovering over Japan. So started watching over all of the Lord of the Rings movies. I could hardly remember anything from them, except certain scenes. Everything seemed new to me.    



Day 3437 (Party at our House)
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Had a few members from our church at our house today. We had a great time. 





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Day 3442 (Geography Now - Jamaica and Japan)
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Started watching this interesting youtube documentary thing called geography now, after seeing they featured Jamaica. It is a documentary about each country in the world and it gives like a 10-15 mins summary about the country in an entertaining and easy to understand way. 


Here is the one about Japan



Day 3449 (Jamaica Charity Gala)
Thursday, November 23, 2017

I was suppose to MC a charity Gala today in Roppongi, Tokyo but had to cancel at the last minute because my wife wasn't feeling well.  It seemed like it went really well though from the pictures and videos I saw. 



Day 3450 (Our Christmas Tree)
Friday, November 24, 2017

Spent the day today setting up a Christmas Tree. I think the last time I did this was when I was like 10 years old. 


Day 3450 (Surround Sound Bar)
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Me and Takako love to watch movies. We have slightly different tastes but we both love movies and the cinema. Movie tickets are expensive, so we bought a huge TV before we moved in and just recently a Yamaha surround sound bar. So it sounds exactly like in the theatre. 


Day 3451 (Jamaican Restaurant Christmas Dinner)
Friday, December 1, 2017

Invited a couple of people from my office to have dinner at the Jamaican Restaurant in Shibuya tonight. We did the same thing last year as well. This year more people came and it was pretty decent. Our director said we should do this twice a year. 



Day 3465 (Mitsui Outlet Mall)
Saturday, December 9, 2017



There is a huge sale going on at the Mitsui Outlet Mall not too far from where I live. up to 70% and 80% off certain really good stuff. I bought these sneakers for only 1000 yen or US 8$. 


They are kind of futsal sneakers but can be worn like regular sneakers.

I probably won't be blogging again until 2018. So until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!



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Dentsu to pay employees ¥2.4 billion for overtime work after conviction for labor violations

 
The 5th Largest Advertising Agency in the world

Kyodo - Japan times
Advertising giant Dentsu Inc. said Tuesday it will pay about ¥2.4 billion to its employees next month in unpaid overtime for the two years up to March 2017 following its conviction of labor practice violations.
Some workers at Dentsu refrained from reporting overtime when they were checking data or doing other office work beyond their regular hours, regarding the extra hours as “self-improvement” activities, the company said.
Dentsu began encouraging its workers to report their unpaid overtime hours after labor inspectors ordered the company to scrutinize their working hours and conditions.
In October, the ad agency was ordered by a court to pay ¥500,000 for labor practice violations that resulted in the 2015 suicide of a female employee due to excessive overtime.
The company’s practice that led to the death of 24-year-old Matsuri Takahashi sparked a nationwide debate over severe working conditions in Japan and prodded the government and business circles to start improving working environments.
In its earnings report for the January-September period, Dentsu earmarked some ¥2.37 billion for “lump sum payments related to working hours.”
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/28/business/corporate-business/dentsu-pay-employees-%C2%A52-4-billion-overtime-work-conviction-labor-violations/?utm_source=Daily+News+Updates&utm_campaign=f7dc493c20-Wednesday_email_updates29_11_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c5a6080d40-f7dc493c20-331936977#.Wi5FTEqWZPY

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bali Trip / 10th Birthday in Japan / Osaka Worship Conference


Hello again friends! 

Another busy month went by and just coming back from Bali, Indonesia... More on that later. Haven't been on a plane in over a year, and haven't been out of Japan for a year and a half so it was a well needed trip. 

I already showed Dunn's River and Negril in Jamaica as well as Kobe and Fukuoka in Japan. Continuing my places to visit in Japan and Jamaica, this month I bring you Montego Bay !!!

Montego Bay or Mobay is Jamaica's 2nd city. It has many famous resorts and beaches around. I've been here a couple of times especially between 2003-2007 when I was a camp counsellor every summer near there. A beach that I've been to maybe once or twice there is Doctor's Cave Beach. 




Now known as the Doctor's Cave Beach Club. It has been a popular tourist destination for almost a century. 




Another famous spot in the area is Aquasol / Walter Fletcher Beach (yes another beach !) 




It's probably the closest dock area for the cruise ships but usually noisy at nights with loads of parties going on around. I've been to this beach at least 6 times. 


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Day 3363 (Guardians Of the Galaxy 2)  
Sun, August 27, 2017

After watching Guardians of the Galaxy part 1 a year or 2 ago and was really impressed, I watched part 2 today and was impressed again! Really good action and storyline. Marvel is proving to be absolutely fantastic with their movies. 




Day 3370 (Playing Tennis)  
Sun, September 3, 2017

After church today, I played tennis for the first time in over 3 years. The last time I played was while living in Toyama early 2014.



Tennis in Clarks, Jeans and long sleeve!!!

Day 3372 (Early Birthday Lunch with coworkers )  
Tues, September 5, 2017

My department treated 2 of us to an early birthday lunch. We went to a pretty expensive Italian restaurant near to the office. 







Day 3375 (G.O.T Season 7)  
Fri, September 8, 2017

Started watching Game of Thrones Season 7 and oh yeah!!! It was as good as I expected. Episodes 4 and 6, had me at the edge of my seat almost biting my fingernails and hyperventilating lol. I am happy I stayed clear of the spoilers from facebook etal. But I had a spoiler poster from last year that made me know what was going to happen in the end so wasn't at all surprised with the final episode.




Day 3376 (Taping)  
Sat, September 9, 2017

Been having some lower back and central back pains as well as stiff neck for some weeks now. Too much staying one place on the computer at work and the chairs even though not too bad, still aren't that comfortable when sitting for too long. So I visited a taping specialist today, recommended by my wife. 



They put me on some kinda massaging machine as well as a massaging bed. Then asked me to do a series of neck turns and touch my toes and a couple of other things that I don't quite understand, and actually looks weird. 

But, to my surprise, the back and neck pains subsided after about 2 days. The therapist said my body balance was a bit off. I will do a few more sessions, and luckily it's not expensive at all, about US$8 or 1000 yen per visit.


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Found this Church program in my Bible from 2007 (10 years ago), when I was preaching quite a bit in Jamaica.



Speaking of which, a group of us are planning a Worship Conference in Osaka, scheduled for Sunday, October 8. If you are interested, send me an email or click going on our facebook invitation.

A Call to Worship




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Day 3383 (Cooked Turkish Style Chicken)  

Sat, September 16, 2017



Anyone who knows me really well, knows that I don't like the kitchen, except for eating or the occasional washing up. Cooking? Nope, not my thing, since like forever. I grew up with my mom and sis and they pretty much did all the cooking and house stuff. What did I do? Watch TV, surf internet all day or play games in my room, if I'm not out and about performing or hanging out with friends. It's usually the latter 3. 

My last 2 months in Jamaica, I was hardly at home... When I was home, I usually get in very late. So the kitchen was just not my thing.

Today, for I think the very first time while living in Japan, I actually cooked chicken (I cook rice occasionally), based on a recipe my friend Vany gave me. To my and my wife's surprise, it actually tasted pretty good!!! 




Day 3386 (10th Birthday in Japan)  


Tues, September 19, 2017

This is the 10th time I'm celebrating my birthday in Japan. And I believe I have a picture for each year.


2008 - 1st 
Yakiniku and Karaoke
Niimi, Okayama
2009 - 2nd
Reggae Birthday Party
Niimi, Okayama
2010 -  3rd
Visit to Kochi Prefecture
2011 -  4th
Visit to Enoshima (same shirt as 2010 same pose as well)
Kanagawa
2012 -  5th
Had Yakiniku but no pictures of it
Tomioka, Yokohama, Kanagawa
2013 -  6th  
Had Dinner at a Spanish Restaurant
Kawasaki, Kanagawa


2014 - 7th

Birthday Party in Toyama

2015 - 8th
Dinner with my fiance at HardRock
Yokohama, Kanagawa and watched Antman


2016 - 9th
Dinner with my wife in Yokohama
and watched Suicide Squad
2017 - 10th
Dinner with my wife at a Jamaican Restaurant in Narita, Chiba (same shirt as 2015 and same posture lol)

And cockroach in our hotel room before heading to Bali




My wife bought some Kanji flashcards for me, as I endeavour to study Japanese again. It has been a real struggle. I stopped studying seriously since 2010!!!

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Day 3387 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 1 Legian)  
Wed, September 20, 2017

Before heading to Bali, I read that an active volcano was going to erupt soon, so I was a little nervous. The news said that the tourist area was some distant from the volcano however. I could even see the volcano from the plane!

My wife surprised me with a birthday cake and flowers in Bali. We stayed at a hotel name Serla in an area called Legian. 












Day 3388 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 2 Seminyak)  
Thrs, September 21, 2017


Walked in the hot sun from our hotel in Legian to another area known as Seminyak. We walked for over an hour. Bikes everywhere on the busy street and lots of Australians. 

I've never seen a sunset like this anywhere in the world. 













Met these cool, apparently wealthy people who said they
visited Kawasaki in Kanagawa, Japan
Even with the Jamaica written on my shirt, they
asked if I was from Nigeria!!! It's all good :)




And Takako sang a Jamaican folk song




Day 3389 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 3 Ubud)  
Fri, September 22, 2017

Took a hour and a half bus ride to a rural area called Ubud. Lots of Hindu temples and an interesting hiking area. I don't hike so not for me.








We also went to a traditional Bali dance thing. It was a 3 hour drive from Ubud. Very crowded!!!










This lady was our tour guide
Really really sweet lady
We then went for what should have been a romantic dinner on the beach, but some rich Chinese people were realllllly noisy! Totally ruined the atmosphere.  








Day 3390 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 4 Legian)  
Sat, September 23, 2017

Had breakfast in the morning at a nearby restaurant. and it involved this beer. Very light alcohol with either grapefruit or lime. Reallly good.


Walked with Takako to a supermarket to get some local stuff, but she started feeling sick. So we stayed in for the day after coming back from the long supermarket walk. 

Day 3391 (Bali, Indonesia - Day 5 Kuta)  
Sun, September 24, 2017

Final day in Bali so we checked out of our hotel in Legian and went to another hotel in Kuta just to stay for a couple of hours before our night flight. Takako still wasn't feeling well but we booked a room in the next hotel and she got some rest and felt much better afterwards.



So because she was feeling better, she could do things like this!!!







The hotel name is Paradiso Kuta and I highly recommend it, even tho a bit on the pricy side. We also walked around the Kuta tourist area. Really reminds me of certain parts of Jamaica.



That was our trip to Bali and my 10th birthday in Japan. Short but pretty decent. The food was amazing especially the mie goreng (fried noodle) and the nasi goreng (fried rice).