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Saturday, March 24, 2018

10 Years in Japan / Osaka Japan/ New Jamaicans in Japan

Hi again,

2 months went by really quickly. Was planning this year to blog at least once a month, but time wouldn't allow that to happen. Well I'm still here.

This month I will talk a bit about the second main city in Japan Osaka.

Someone once told me that the old ladies in Osaka has the same personality as the average Jamaican. Where they will just spark up a conversation on the bus/train with a total stranger. It's a little different in the Kanto (Tokyo environs) people. Even though it's Japan, the culture is slightly different. 

Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants. 

Osaka literally means "large hill" or "large slope" 大阪

There are many popular sites in the Osaka area and it also has a huge underground reggae community. 

Osaka Castle

Osaka Reggae Party

Recent Happenings

Day 3488 (Lunch with the in laws)
Monday, January 1, 2018

Was by my in law's place over the new year. Had lunch and a long chat with my in laws today.

Day 3495 (Last Training Session for 2017-2018 School Yr)
Friday, January 12 , 2018

Had my last training session for now. Won't have another one until the big training in March.

Day 3504 (Video Shooting with some Jamaicans)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Did a video shoot today racing with some other Jamaicans. It took around 3 hours.


Day 3509 (Work trip to Mito, Ibaraki in Snow)
Monday, January 22, 2018

Had to conduct some training sessions in a rural town name Mito in a prefecture name Ibaraki. It was my first time to visit this prefecture. I left from work and had to travel in snow to go there. Many of the trains got cancelled, and I thought mine would be cancelled as well but it was fine. I got there maybe around 8pm after leaving work at around 3pm.

Day 3514 (Visitors to our house)
Monday, January 27, 2018

A friend of mine who is a pastor and was in the military, visited our house today with his wife and one of his children. He said his grand dad is Jamaican. 

Day 3527 (On TV Racing with other Jamaicans)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Came on Japanese TV today again. The last time was late 2016.


Day 3528 (Didan's Baby Shower)
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Went to my friends' Sasha-Lee and Henry house in Chiba. There was a baby shower for my long time friend and former classmate Didan. She is having her second child. 

It was an amazing time with lots of food and people. 

Day 3529 (Cousin - In law's Wedding)
Sunday, February 11, 2018

My wife's cousin got married today. Her cousin actually came to our wedding back in 2015.

We then went to Ginza 6 afterwards then ate at an izakaya (Japanese style restaurant).

Day 3536 (Optimism)
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Went to church today and wore a sweater that my friend gave me and my wife. My friend is trying to spread her optimism brand throughout America and eventually the world. Just a bid to keep people positive and to encourage others to look on the bright side.


Day 3549 (Watched Black Panther)
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Went on a date with Takako today. We watched Black Panther. I wasn't following the hype around the movie but I was interested to see what it was gonna be like. Also I had some free time so why not?

It did live up to the hype and I actually give it a 10/10. Amazing action sequences and the story line was pretty good. A whole lot of fake stuff but it was still amazing!!! At times I felt like I went back to Africa. I also couldn't help but think.... Just what if, what if Black people were the dominant race, and the top 80% wealthy of the world.... What exactly would the world be like. I'm very curious. Anyway, great movie!

Day 3556 (More Visitors Over our House from Church)
Sunday, March 10, 2018

A few friends from church visited our house today.

Day 3563-3567 (Training in Narita, Chiba)
Saturday, March 17 - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Welcomed and trained the new English teachers just coming to Japan. It is the first time in the history of our company that so many Jamaicans are coming to Japan...around 34 of them, only 1 male. 

March 20th, marks 10 years since I came to Japan and 10 years since I've been doing this blog!!!

1st picture in Japan, March 20th, 2008

Here is my first blog post


March 20th, 2018
Welcome a few of the new Jamaicans in Japan

Friday, January 19, 2018

Highlights of 2017 - Move into New House / Visit to Bali / Ocho Rios

Happy New Year!!!

This is my 10th year in Japan... And I've been looking over my 10 years ago diary and it's interesting to read about what I was doing 10 years ago, getting ready to come to Japan.

Before I give my highlights of 2017, I will talk a bit about a famous tourist destination in Jamaica, Ocho Rios!

Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is one of the key tourist resort destinations in Jamaica. The area is filled with beaches like the one above and the one below.

The name of the area is a Spanish word which stands for 8 - rivers. There are probably less than 8 rivers there but that's what the Spanish or the British afterwards over 400 years ago decided to call the area. It's a famous spot for cruise ships, scuba diving and other famous water sports. There is also a place where people can swim and interact with dolphins.

Highlights of 2017

Here are some of the highlights of 2017.

Day 3138 - House Blessing!
Sat, January 14, 2017

Had a pastor came to our house and prayed for (blessed) it.


Day 3152 - Moved into Our New House
Sat, January 28, 2017

Tommy Hopkins, thanks for the congrats and your comments!


Day 3177 - First Visitors to Our House
Wed, February 22, 2017

Had my friends from Toyama over for a night.


Day 3180 - Was MC for a Black History Month Event
Black - My Story... by Riddim and Rime
Sat, February 25, 2017

Day 3202
Presentation in front of over 170 New Teachers at the Hyltons
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Had to do a presentation in front of over 170 new teachers for the first time. Performing or Mcing in front of people is no problem as I have more than 15 years experience of doing that. But giving a presentation for work purposes, this was my first time.


Day 3229 - Jamaicans in Japan (JIJ) Link up!
Saturday, April 15, 2017

The JIJ had an event today to play some Jamaican games, socialize and share information with the wider Jamaican community in Japan of our plans to develop a Jamaican Community of sorts in Japan. 


Day 3252 - Company Moved to Ginza 6 Building
Monday May 8, 2017

The company I work for relocated it's head office to the New Ginza six building in Ginza, Tokyo.


Day 3271 - One Love Jamaica Festival Part 1
Saturday, May 27, 2017

The now twice a year Jamaica One Love Festival started today.  I didn't get to go on the second day. 


Day 3273 - Takako's Birthday!
Saturday, May 29, 2017

Treated Takako to parfait for her birthday in 2017.


Day 3318 - Met Jamaica's Minister of Education
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Day 3322 - Had Some More Visitors Over 
Monday, July 17, 2017

Had some friends over.

Day 3334 - JIJ Link up Part 2
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Had a part 2 of the JIJ link up gathering, this time on the beach, but way less people attended. The location was a bit inconvenient to be honest.


Day 3340
Jamaica's 55th Anniversary Function with the Jamaican Embassy
Friday, August 4, 2017

The Jamaican Embassy in Japan held a function for the 55th Anniversary of Jamaica's Independence. I met a couple ambassadors and other dignitaries there. 

Day 3341 - One Love Jamaica Festival Part 2
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Went to the second One Love Jamaican Festival event. Again didn't go the second day. 


Day 3348 - Performance at Hayama
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Did a performance on the beach in Hayama at a beach clled Morito Kaigan.


Day 3356 - Barbecue with Neighbors
Sunday, August 20, 2017


Day 3383 - Cooked Turkish Style Chicken
Saturday, September 16, 2017

For the first time probably since I'm in Japan, I decided to cook chicken. I make rice and soup all the time but I usually don't cook any form of meat, because it just takes too long.


Day 3386 - My 10th Birthday in Japan
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Celebrated my 10th Birthday in Japan at a Jamaican restaurant in Chiba, near to the Main airport in Japan. 


Day 3387 - 3393 - Visited Bali, Indonesia 
Wednesday, September 20 - Sunday, September 24, 2017

Went on our first trip outside of Japan since we came back from Jamaica in January 2016. Bali was pretty decent. 

Andrew Joseph, thanks for your comment on my blog about Bali.

Day 3437 - Visitors From Our Church
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Some of our friends from church came to our house. 


Day 3451 - Staff Party at Jamaican Restaurant
Friday, December 1, 2017

A few staff members from the company I work for, came to the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya tonight.

Day 3471 - Dinner at 1000 Springs Restaurant
Friday, December 15, 2017

Met my Jamaican friend John and we had dinner at a restaurant name 1000 Springs, co-owned by a Jamaican guy. 

 The food there is actually pretty decent. And it's a good place to have events at. 


Day 3471 - Dinner with my Former students and Family
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

Every year around Christmas time, my former students' family invite me to dinner. It's always a pleasure to go there.


Day 3475 - 2 Year Wedding Anniversary
Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Day 3481 - Christmas lunch/Dinner at our House 
Monday, Dec 25, 2017

Invited some friends over for lunch/dinner. We watched "Sing" and "Bright". 

And that's about it. A great year, even though it started out a little tough. Blessings and peace all and have an amazing 2018. 

Psalm 34:4 - 
I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.