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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Recent Happenings - Presentation in Japanese / Kyoto Japan / Jamaican Prime minister at G7 Summit

Hi again,

Missed blogging last month. This month I will feature Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto was an old capital of Japan a looong time ago for more than a 1000 years from 794-1868. The name Kyoto actually means capital city.

Kinkakuji / Golden Pavillion

The temple above is one of the most if not the most famous place in Kyoto to visit. It is rivalled only by these other two.

Fushimi Inari shrine


A visit to Kyoto is like going back to Japanese history. The only problem is that, the city center is usually filled with tourists every single day of the week. And when I say filled, I mean serious traffic stopping crowds of people, especially during spring (for the cherry blossom) and autumn (for the changing leaves).

It is often said that people from Kyoto tend to think of themselves as very distinct and special as against other Japanese. They also still identify Kyoto as the capital of Japan. 


Recent Happenings

Day 3594 (Interviewing Company presidents and Directors)
Tues, April 17, 2018

So I have some quarterly goals that I have to set and achieve for the company I work for. My company is a part of a larger group of around 15+ other companies. One of my goals this quarter is to interview some company presidents and group directors. 

One of them I interviewed was Dean Rogers, owner and co-founder of Dean Morgan K.k. the company that operates the language school chain "Rosetta Stone Learning Center". He is big on making investments and has a never give up attitude. 


Day 3605 (Avengers Infinity War Movie Date)
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Gave in and watched Avengers Infinity War today with my wife. It was quite amazing. The end left me sad but the story and everything about it was quite amazing 10/10. I still give Black Panther a slight edge over this though.


Day 3607 (Visit Friend of 20 years)
Monday, April 30, 2018

Visited my friend from community college, who is also here in Japan today. Her mom came from Jamaica to visit her.

 Someone actually mistakenly thought that her husband (there in the back) was me hahaha. We look a little different I think.


Day 3612 (Happy Birthday mi fren)
Saturday, May 5, 2018

My good friend invited me to her birthday dinner today. It was a pretty good time.


Day 3632 (Congrats on your Wedding Eric)
Saturday, May 5, 2018

A friend of mine from California, who I met 10 years ago in Okayama when I just came to Japan, got married today. I didn't get to attend the ceremony, but I attended the party afterwards. Some friends who were in Okayama at the time as well, also came.


Day 3636 (Happy Birthday my Darling Takako)
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Today was Takako's birthday and I took her to Sizzler. In the Yokohama Landmark tower shopping area. The food is amazing but slightly on the pricey side. 

If you do come here, try the cheese toast bread, you will never forget it!!!

I got her these as well


Day 3638 (Presentation about Jamaica in Japanese)
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Did a presentation in Iidabashi Tokyo today, about Jamaica and my experiences as a Jamaican in Japan. The now defunct Jamaica tourist board in Japan, formed an NGO called JIC (Jamaica Information Center). https://jamaicanpo.org/


This was my second attempt at doing a presentation in only Japanese, and it wasn't so bad I think. Well at least the reception was good from the audience. 


Day 3639 (Bought a Wii U)
Friday, June 1, 2018

Bought a Wii U from a co-worker today. She said she is now glued to her Nintendo Switch and the Wii U is just gathering dust. So I took it from her for cheap. 

Now, the only problem is, I don't really have time for this anymore, so why did I buy it? Well yeah, I got it for cheap.


PM Holness to Make Historic Presentation at G7 Summit

by Office of the Prime Minister (Jamaica) via JIS (Jamaica Information Service)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been specially invited to attend the G7 Summit set for June 8 and 9 in La Malbaie, in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada.
Prime Minister Holness was invited by the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
Prime Minister Holness has also been asked to make a special presentation to the global leaders at the G7 Outreach Session. He will also participate in an exchange with the leaders at the Summit.
The historic invitation to Prime Minister Holness will make him the first Jamaican Prime Minister to speak at the Summit with the leaders of the seven most developed countries in the world.
The Summit will focus on issues such as building resilient coasts and communities, ocean knowledge and science, and sustainable oceans and fisheries. The leaders will also explore how to best address pressing challenges, including plastics in our oceans and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The (G7) is an informal grouping of seven of the world’s advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The forum offers an opportunity for G7 leaders, Ministers and policy makers to come together each year to build consensus and set trends around some of today’s most challenging global issues.

Friday, April 27, 2018

YS Falls Jamaica / Avengers Infinity War About to break Records/Recent Happenings / Amnesty Accuse Japan of Breaking International Rules

Hey there,

This month's feature will be on a relatively famous waterfalls in Jamaica known as YS Falls.

This attraction is found in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. One of our rural parishes. 

They have pools, canopy, of course the falls as well as other attractions there. 

I vaguely remember visiting here as a child, or it could just be that I've heard the name so much, that I think I actually went there when I didn't. Either way, I can't remember fully. 

You can check out their website here


Recent Happenings

Not much happened in the past month except work and planning for more work. 

Day 3571 ( Spring Walk)
Sunday, March 25, 2018

After church today, I walked around with my wife to view some cherry blossoms. 

Here is what happened this day 10 years ago....

Day 6
Had an intense training exercise starting from 9am and ending 6pm. Got into a group with eight (8) of us....


Day 3573 ( Lunch with Roy)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

This week is also a training week. Actually after our big training last week, we had 2 more relatively big training sessions back to back. Feels like it never stops. I enjoy it but it's really tiring.

Anyway, met this German guy at church last Sunday and we had lunch today. 

Found out that we had very similar experiences with something in life. At some point I will share my experience on this blog.

Day 3584 ( Friends Visit us )
Saturday, April 7, 2018

My friends from when I was living in Niimi, Okayama, and who also came to our wedding, visited our home today with their son. Great time!

I forgot to mention last month that a huge Black delegation went out to see Black Panther in Tokyo. I wasn't there mainly because there is a theater 2 train stops away from me.


'Infinity War' caps a decade of success for Marvel Studios

Lindsey Bahr - Japan Today

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talks about his job like a fan who's just lucky to be there.
To hear his genuine enthusiasm about the movies, the actors, the audience and the stories almost belies the fact that he is essentially the architect of and driving force behind Hollywood's most valuable brand that has in just over 10 years netted over $14.8 billion in worldwide grosses (according to comScore) and become the envy of every studio executive in town.
He's a mogul with a fanboy's verve who has helped to change the very fabric of the entertainment industry.
Ten years ago, many moviegoers didn't know who Iron Man was, and those who did thought of him as a minor comic book character. On Thursday, Marvel Studios' 19th film, "Avengers: Infinity War," an epic mashup of characters once considered to be part of the "superhero B-list," from Iron Man to Star Lord, opened in theaters. It is cruising for a record-breaking debut that could surpass "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as the biggest opening ever.
The scope of the Marvel effect is somewhat difficult to pin down, especially with a force as formidable as The Walt Disney Co. behind it. (Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in 2009.)


Amnesty accuses Japan of breaching int'l rules on death penalty
Mainichi Japan

A trap door marked with a red square where an inmate stands, is seen opened at an execution chamber at the Tokyo Detention Center in Tokyo in this photo released by the Justice Ministry. Photo: REUTERS/Justice Ministry

Amnesty International accused the Japanese government of flouting international norms Thursday by executing death row inmates who were seeking retrials.
    The human rights organization noted that for the first time since 1999, Japan last year executed people who had their appeals for retrial pending before the courts. This was the case in three of the four executions in the country in 2017.
    Speaking at the release of the group's annual death penalty report, Chiara Sangiorgio, Amnesty International's adviser on the death penalty, told Kyodo News, "What was noticeable last year was that the government breached some of its own practices as we saw people who were applying for a retrial being executed."
    "We also saw someone executed in December even though he qualified under Japanese law as a minor at the time of the crime.
    "It feels as if things are not improving and we see a sort of cruelty in which the death penalty is being used with the government going back on some of its own practices."
    Amnesty claims these actions represent a breach of protections recognized under Japanese and international laws and signal a "departure from the practice observed for 20 years."
    Amnesty International recorded at least 993 executions in 23 countries in 2017, down by 4 percent from 2016. Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan. China remains the world's top executioner but the data is classified as a state secret. Amnesty estimates "thousands" are executed in China.

    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