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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Days 620- 626 <{ }> Sunday-Saturday, November 29-December 5, 2009

Days 620- 626 <{ }>
Sunday-Saturday, November 29-December 5, 2009


Day 620 { Order New Monitor /Bob Marley The Richest Dead Celebrity } -
Sunday, November 29, 2009

Went to church again after about a 3 weeks break. I then ordered a 22 inch flat screen monitor on amazon.co.jp when I got home... The brand is called iiyama . Never heard of it before but it cost only $US 150 ...

Bob Marley
A deal with the music superstar's estate is set to generate more than $1 billion in worldwide annual sales by 2012.
Toronto-based private-equity firm Hilco Consumer Capital has struck a management deal with the Marley estate, which is expected to generate worldwide annual sales in excess of $1 billion by 2012. That seems like a huge number, but by some estimates the Marley name, sound, and image already generate as much as $600 million in pirated merchandise.
"Marley is a str
ong globalbob_marley.03.jpg brand," says Mickey Goodman, a professional marketer and professor at New York University's Stern School of Business. "He enjoys a high level of awareness, and people feel positive about his music."
Major licensing agreements for the Marley brand are about to be launched in two key areas: consumer electronics -- including headphones, docking stations, and speakers -- and health care, which will likely feature skin-care products and herbal supplements. Also in the works, according to Hilco, are deals for a Marley-branded calming beverage, a video game similar to Guitar H
ero featuring Marley's songs, and a chain of restaurants celebrating the music superstar.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/20/news/companies/bob_marley.fortune/index.htm

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Day 621
{ Japan spying On North Korea }
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Got paid, and started paying for the new car. The car shop owners were asking me a whole lot of questions about my personal life... My friend made dinner for me then I went to bible study in the night.

Japan Spying

New spy satellite launched into orbit The optical satellite was launched on an H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture by JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

Japan's latest intelligence-gathering satellite was successfully put into orbit Saturday, replacing an earlier model, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

The new satellite, the third of its kind, will replace the first model, which had a planned life span of about five years and was put into orbit in March 2003, according to officials involved with the project.

"The satellite will gather intelligence for our defense and diplomatic purposes," said Hisashi Michigami, an official at the Cabinet Office. "We hope to upgrade our ability to gather intelligence on our own. Intelligence gathering is vital to our national security."

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20091129a1.html

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Day 622 { Got New Monitor / Law Abiding Citizen } -
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Today while driving to work, the delivery guys called and said they have the monitor with them at my apartment... I asked them if they could come back later and they said dine...

A kid at my
main school also caught the H1N1 virus, so again, I had to be wearing a mask all day... It
s a bit weird and uncomfortable but, I guess it works. Paid my rent and sorted out some other bills after work. I then went to buy some oil for my heater...

Went to the Tuesday English conversation after a 2 weeks break. I then went back to my apartment and tried my heater, only to see that it was acting weird...

It started smoking a bit so I quickly turned it off and plugged it out. My friend said maybe its because it was sitting there for too long and may have gathered some dust inside...


I forgot to mention that I recently watched law abiding citizen... And it was quite an interesting movie... It reminded me of the series prison break with a combination of Die Hard 4.

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Day 623 { Japanese Guy Marries Video Game Girl } -
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Was feeling a bit sick at work today, like I was catching the cold... I was very paranoid because of the H1N1 virus which has been rampant in my area recently... I however took some medicine that I brought back from Jamaica when I just got to Japan, then I was fine again.


I saw this rather interesting story on my friend's website...

A Japanese Man who goes by the name “SAL 9000″ has become quite the celebrity, not for being found naked in a public place, flinging poop at passing bikers or buying Gundam themed condoms. Instead he has becoming famous for marrying a video game character, yes you read that right, he married a video game character from an anime themed dating simulation for the Nintendo DS made by Konami called Love Plus.

His wife’s name is Nene Anegasaki and a simple ceremony would not have been enough for him to express his undying love for his wife so SAL 9000 hired a priest, had a MC, an audience and the bride’s best friend (also a video game character). All this was streamed live over the internet from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. That’s when the popular Boing Boing technology blog picked up the story, there is even a video embedded below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsikPswAYUM&feature=player_embedded WHAT the heck is going on????

http://www.jamaipanese.com/japanese-man-marries-video-game-girl/

http://boingboing.net/

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Day 624 { Child Abduction In Japan } -
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Went to play football at the place where I used to go when I just got to Japan. We had to combine with the the opposing team because we didn't have enough players on our normal team. It was fun doing this, about 10 on 10. I did manage to score 1 goal.


Japan has finally decided to do something about the child abduction issue.

The Foreign Ministry has set up a new division to handle international child custody issues in response to overseas criticism that Japan allows Japanese mothers to take their children away from their divorced partners.

The division, officially launched Tuesday, will study the issue, including whether to sign the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, whose aim is to secure the prompt return of children wrongfully removed to or retained in any signatory countries, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said.

"We have received various opinions from America and European nations. This is a difficult issue, but we will try to take quick action to handle it," Okada told reporters Monday.

Foreign embassies and governments have urged Japan to improve the situations for foreign men trying to see their children, but such diplomatic efforts have not been successful.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20091203a2.html

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Day 625 { } -
Friday, December 4, 2009

Did absolutely nothing at work today. Not sure why they scheduled me to go to work. I sat all day around the computer reading blogs, history and all manner of things... Well at least at my main school they give me a computer to use...

In the evening, I took one of my friend's out to a restaurant for her birthday...

Day 626 { } -
Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stayed in most of the day just relaxing and playing Assassin's Creed.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Days 613- 619 <{ }> Sunday-Saturday, November 22-28, 2009

Days 613- 619 <{ }>
Sunday-
Saturday, November 22-28, 2009

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Day 613 {To Kyoto} - Sunday, November 22, 2009

Woke up at 4:00 am this morning to catch the very first train to go to Kurashiki. I then took a bus from kurashiki to Kyoto which was an old capital of Japan before Tokyo. All together that trip took about 5 hrs and 30 mins. A slept most of the way though..

When I got to kyoto, the first thi
ng on the agenda was to find a locker to put my stuff. My friend was lucky to find an empty one when someone was just leaving the area. Kyoto was filled with people and everyone was searching for a locker to put their stuff in...

In Kyoto because it w
as an old capital, there are many many many temples. The most popular of which is called KINKAKUJI which means golden pavillion.... The original structure was built in 1397. But since then it has been burnt down twice. So the structure now is really a remake of what it was... you can read about it here - > Kinkaku-ji. Me and my friend eventually went there which also had a whole lot of people. We wanted to see another temple but the maps we had were a bit confusing. We eventually met up with 3 other friends and we went to a popular area in Kyoto name Arashiyama.... It started raining a bit in Arashiyama but we still moved forward.

the 5 of us went to a monkey park there which I recommended from a list of other places to go. I had no idea that we would have to walk up a mountain in the very cold rain for about 30 mins. We eventually got to the top and saw many many monkeys. The guys were kind of enthused but I wasn't so excited because I was a bit scared... There were three main warnings

1) Don't stare at the monkeys in the eye
2) Don't feed the monkeys
3) Try your best not to s
care them or do anything stupid or even touch them

While we were there, a baby monkey started climbing my friend's leg then the mother monkey quickly came, grabbed it off and ran away. Then suddenly all the other monkeys started making a funny sound... I quickly went into the nearby log house and stayed for a while...

After the
time with the monkeys we had to go down the long mountain in the cold rain.....
We then met up with my cousin from New York who I learned was visiting Japan with her husband. I knew this last week when she called me from Tokyo..... We met up in down town Kyoto at a place called Pontocho .... The las
t time I remember seeing this cousin was in year 2000 my first time to New York and my first time to the USA. A part from me and my cousin, I only saw 1 other black person for the entire time in Kyoto. So the 7 of us met up at a restaurant and had a good good time...








Day 614 { Kyoto Day 2 } Monday, Nove
mber 23, 2009

Today is another holiday in Japan, so while in Kyoto, I did some shopping. But this time we weren't lucky enough to find a coin locker so we struggled around with our bags... ... While looking for a locker along with 70% of the persons in Kyoto, we saw 2 guys fighting for a locker... It was a playful struggle but they both were struggling to get the locker, they were pushing and shoving each other for a good 30 seconds... They were both smiling afterwards so it wasn't any big fight... If this was Jamaica, somebody would be hurt or even worse.

The guy who lost the struggle smiled and went away with who seemed to be his wife or girl friend... I stood there watching them and was laughing because it was quite funny...

We eventually saw some Italian guys doing a performance thingy...
Here is a video of it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-Y-8r4TSeI

Day 615 { Getting a New Car } Tuesday, November 24, 209

W
ent to the car shop with my Japanese friend to do my car inspection. The bill would come to somewhere around US $900. The good thing is that they also would give me a loaner car to drive during the time of the car inspection.... When I saw the loaner vehicle I said to myself "hey I actually like this vehicle" .. which was a Pajero mini.. So I asked them for the price and when the car inspection is due.... They said it would cost only US $1200 and I would have 1 year until the next inspection.

The owner guy said I could take it for a drive an
d if I liked it, I can buy it... So I took it for a 5 minutes drive and I did like it so I am planning to buy it this Thursday.



Day 616 { Post Cards/Californication } Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Went to work in some thick fog. At work, most of the time while not teaching, I was preparing some Christmas cards to send to Jamaica... I then posted them after work. I started watching this series name Californication that my friends from university have been talking about recently... It is interesting but not for the faint hearted.


Day 617 { Face Mask all day } Thursday, November 26, 2009

Had to be wear
ing a mask all day at work because the H1N1 virus is quite prevalent in this area that I teach at today... At least 4 of the students that I teach caught it and of course had to be at home or at the hospital... That is in addition to siblings of students that I teach in this area. The students who have siblings with the H1N1 virus also had to stay home from school.

I went to the car shop again with my friend but the car shop owner said I have to wait until tomorrow because They have to do some transferring thing as well as sort out my car insurance.


Day 618 { New Car/After Con
cert Dinner } Friday, November 27, 2009

Again I had to be wearing a face mask for th
e entire day at work. I then then went home, then got my new car, then went to karate. The new car is a 1997 Pajero mini... I guess this is the closest I will get for now to owning a normal pajero.

After karate, the teacher in charge of the English conversation class, met with me and we went to a little "after Septe
mber 11 concert dinner". It was held at the house of the lady who was in charge of coordinating the September 11 concert.. She has a nice big house.

The persons at the dinner recorded a looong conversation that I was having with Nao, the guy who I did my dub poems with at the September 11 concert. I also mentioned to him that my cousin who I met in Kyoto, she was actually in the building when the second plane hit.... She told us while we were in Kyoto that, she actually heard the plane heading for the building and she also heard the loud impact.... She said that, at the time though, she thought it was some sort of construction thing going on, because New York city is always full of construction sites and loud noises.

Anyway, I was telling the Nao guy about Jamaica, both the good and the bad... About the nice popular tourist resorts in Mobay and Negril and about the dangerous areas, especially near to Down Town, Kingston and the Spanish Town areas.

Day 619 { Probe To view Venus / Yen On The Rise } Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stayed in all day, just briefly went out to get some stuf
f for my apartment.

Probe To view Venus

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency showed to the media Friday the planetary probe Akatsuki, which will attempt to travel to Venus to examine its climate.

JAXA plans to launch the rectangular probe — 2.1 meters in height, 1.45 meters in width and 1.05 meters in depth — next year from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

With observation instruments, antennas and most other devices already installed, the probe will undergo a thermal vacuum test in January.

The climate of Venus is very different from that of Earth, having a massive carbon dioxide atmosphere that is extremely hot due to the greenhouse effect and is covered by sulfuric acid clouds, JAXA said.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20091128a5.html


Yen On The Rise

The Bank of Japan inquired about exchange rates Friday at commercial banks in Tokyo as the dollar briefly fell into the ¥84 zone in early deals in the capital, market sources said.

The atypical move is seen as "verbal" intervention to stem the recent rapid rise of the yen.

Some market insiders said the move was aimed at paving the way for the BOJ's actual market intervention to stem the Japanese currency's further appreciation.

Coupled with the central bank's inquiry about exchange rates, Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii's indication of possible market intervention subsequently sent the dollar firming back to the ¥86 level.

Fujii said earlier in the day he may contact the United States and Europe to act on currencies, signaling his growing concern that the yen's rise to a 14-year high will hamper the economic recovery.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nb20091128n1.html

Monday, November 16, 2009

Japanese Christian Ex-Soldier

Days 606- 612 
Sunday-Saturday, November 15-21, 2009


This week was kind of uneventful and depressing..

Day 606 { Japanese Christian - Ex-Soldier tell his story } - Sunday, November 15, 2009

Went to the plaza and a couple of other places with my friend to buy some stuff for my apartment.

Demons still haunt Christian soldier

He didn't kill but couldn't stop atrocities


Before and during the war, Japanese believed the Emperor was a living god. They also believed they were fighting for him and dying on the battlefield was honorable.
Christians were often the targets of discrimination during the era of Emperor worship, largely because they were judged as not regarding the monarch's divinity as absolute. Some people may have even viewed Christians as followers of an enemy religion. During the war, however, Christian churches obeyed authorities and were controlled by the military government.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20091119w1.html

Day 607 { Josh McDowell } - Monday, November 16, 2009


Went home from work today and was feeling a bit depressed. Went to bible study afterwards where our bible study leader spoke about the testimony of this man name Josh McDowell who challenged Christianity then eventually became a Christian... He has written and/or co-written over 77 books.


Day 608 { Mistaken Schedule } - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I had a mistake on my schedule today... And ended up going to teach my kindergarten class late.... Then actually when I checked the internet, I saw where my company sent me a change of schedule since October 30... But I did not take note of it.... So it was my fault...

I was actually at the school sitting until the vice principal said to me that its time to go to the kindergarten. I showed him my schedule which said I didn't have them today... They then printed an updated version for me...

Day 609 { } - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nothing special just felt a little depressed throughout the day :(

Day 610 { } - Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some of the Japanese guys at football saw that I looked depressed and asked me if I got broken hearted. It was very cold while playing football... I got about 5 goals to score but none connected.


Davy 611 { Interracial Couple } - Friday, November 20, 2009 { 1 Year 8 Months }

Nothing special took place today. Except that a run away truck would have probably hit my car if a guy never quickly hurried and stop it.... The worst thing is that I forgot my wallet and my driver's licence was in there.

Couple's love story started in Africa


Emmanuel Gbevegnon met his wife, Eriko Hidaka, in 1995 in Niger.

Eriko, a native of Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, was there to help with vaccination activities, using her experience as a nurse. Emmanuel, a native of the city of Cotonou in Benin, a country next to Niger with a population of about 9.3 million, was there on business.
Emmanuel met Eriko at a community event to introduce Japanese culture in Niamey, Niger's capital. About three years on from that encounter,
the couple married in Benin and moved to Japan in 1999.


Day 612 { Niimi Art Museum } - Saturday, November 21, 2009

Went to an art museum with a few persons from my bible study. Been living in Niimi for 1 year and 8 months and had no clue that there was an art museum here.. One of the ladies from the bible s tudy who has been living in niimi for well over 30 years, said she has never been here either...

The art display was from a lady name Takahashi mayumi and the displays look quite real.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Days 601- 605 <{ }> Tuesday-Saturday, November 10-14, 2009

Day 601 { Bad Food Day} - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The only thing of note that happened on this day was that the school served a combination of food that I don't like.

1) Egg - But they were smart enough not to give me this

2) Chidimen Jako - Small fishes (as in the pic) that they sprinkle all over some food. Normally rice or vegetable... To me, these things are just HORRIBLE.

3) Tofu - They some how forgot to take out this

4) Dried sea weed

I also hurt my finger playing football with some kids today. It started bleeding a bit and it was quite painful.


Day 602 { I Was On NHK News } - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Had observation for my grade 2 and grade 4 classes today at my main school. For the grade 2 class I taught about body parts (neck, shoulder etc). And for the grade 4 class I taught about subjects ( maths, Social studies etc). Many people came to observe me from all over the prefecture, even as far as Okayama city (1 hr and 30 mins away). And guess what??? NHK (the same TV station that my company didn't want to video my show) came to video my grade 2 class ???? WHAT!!!! How did they get the permission????

I was quite shocked and surprised when they told me just before the observation started, that NHK would video me. So I saw myself on the 6:00 pm News teaching the grade 2 kids at my main school... I am still quite confused about this as :

1) No body told me (until about 10 mins before the class) that I was going to be video taped.

2) My company mentioned nothing to me

3) I still don't know why my company objected to NHK video taping my show but it was ok to video my class observation today.

But honestly I don't know if my company actually knows about my class being video taped... I really don't know whats going on.

Later, I went along with a couple of other teachers to observe a J.E.T ALT and a Japanese teacher of English, teaching at a Jr. High school. The Japanese teacher of English taught the second year students, while the ALT taught the first years... At Jr. High the kids are wayyy more quiet. Actually they hardly speak any at all.

Day 603 - Thursday, November 12, 2009

Yow happy birthday Richard and Happy Birthday Omara
Richard mi naah guh figet nutten because mi jot down everything inna one diary

Day 604 { Yellow Belt / Obama In Japan} - Friday, November 13, 2009

Got a certificate for karate today. But, I wasn't good enough to get the orange belt :( However, I am up 1 level to yellow belt now.

Obama visiting Japan

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Friday to bolster the bilateral alliance and cooperate on pressing global issues, including climate change and nuclear disarmament.


The two also touched on the sensitive relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa. The issue has cast a shadow on bilateral relations. They said it was their common goal to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Earlier this week, the two governments decided to form a ministerial-level working group to find a way to resolve the issue, just in time to avoid direct conflict at the summit.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20091114a1.html

Day 605 { Estimated Cost Of Syaken } - Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Donna and Danielle Townsend.

Today I went to get an estimated cost of this car inspection thing that I have to do before December 4. This thing has to be done every 2 years and is known as SYAKEN....Depending on the state of your car, this can range anywhere from US $500 to US $2000. The worse shape your car is in, the more money it will cost... Also if your car has a bigger engine you can also expect to pay more as well. However, as with mechanics anywhere, you can expect them to subtly or blatantly rob you by stating something is wrong with your car when nothing is.

I went to the car mechanic along with a friend of mine to help me with the translating, and the owner of the mechanic car place said it would cost about US $650. However, I realised when I went back to my apartment that this same company sent me a later yesterday saying that I could come there to do my syaken. On the letter, it stated that the estimated cost would be around US $400. Hmmm When I go back, I need to show them this letter.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day 600 { Watching Kendo } Monday, November 9, 2009


Day 600 { Watching Kendo }

Today 3 persons died in a fire about 7 mins drive from where my apartment is. It even made the national news. The persons who dies were a 6 year old kid, a 13 year old and a 60 year old... It was a very sad day today at work. The nurse at my school today even though she didn't know the persons, broke down in tears.

In the evening I accompanied one of my friends to watch kendo. It is an interesting sport to watch but Im not sure if I would want to attempt it.

As I mentioned yesterday this is quite possibly my last day to day post... Trying out a new method now.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day 599 {Killer Apologise} Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day 599 {Killer Apologise}

Wow I am finally back up to date with my blog...And it was hard work... I think I am going to start doing this weekly instead of daily.... Unless I have a really eventful week, tomorrow (my 600th day) may very well be my last daily blog... My next blog after tomorrow would be somewhere between (Nov 13-15, 2009) then (Nov 20-22, 2009) and so on...

Stayed in all day and slept plus played some Street Fighter 4 and Prince of Persia for PS3.




Last year in akihabara (the electronic/anime/game/manga) center of Japan, a man went around randomly stabbing people, killing 7 of them. He is now apologising???? Boy this not going to help...

Akihabara killer sends apology letter

Kyodo News
In a six-page letter to former taxi driver Hiroshi Yuasa, who was seriously injured in the attack, Tomohito Kato, 27, said, "I believe I will be executed, but I want to explain everything without becoming defiant."

The man indicted for the fatal stabbing rampage in Tokyo's Akihabara district last year has sent a letter of apology to one of the victims, saying, "My crime deserves death," informed sources said.

Yuasa, 55, said he felt as if he had seen a ray of light and that he plans to write back in the hope their exchange will help Kato regret his crime more deeply.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20091108a6.html

Day 598 {Dangerous lady} Saturday, November 7, 2009


Day 598 {Dangerous lady}



Stayed in most of the day, then picked up a friend at the train station nearby. I also looked in a store for the price of some Flat screen TV. I quickly came back out :) ....




In the evening, I met up with most of the other ALTs that work with my company, and went to have yaki tori (chicken on a stick). It was delicious. We then went to a bar like place and did karaoke and chatted for a little while.


Boy this lady that I spoke about recently on my blog is very serious, if all these things are true...

Dodgy deaths linked to Tottori woman at six

Kyodo News

The number of men who have died under suspicious circumstances possibly linked to a Tottori Prefecture woman arrested last week over a fraud case has reached six, investigative sources said Saturday.

Investigators have found that a prefectural police officer found hanged in February 2007 was an acquaintance of a 35-year-old woman at the center of a series of recently reported deaths.

The other deaths, reported last week, were of a 42-year-old Yomiuri Shimbun reporter who was run over by a train in May 2004, and a 27-year-old employee who drowned in the Sea of Japan off Tottori in August 2007.

The reporter had become acquainted with the woman at a bar in Tottori she worked at. The other man had lived with her for an unspecified time.

Suspicion also surrounds the deaths of Hideki Maruyama, 57, who was found in a river in Tottori in October, Kazumi Taguchi, 58, who lived in the same apartment compound as the woman and died at home in October shortly after becoming ill, and Kazumi Yabe, 47, a truck driver who was also found in the sea off Tottori in April.

All the men had been acquainted with or had financial troubles with the woman. Police sources have said foul play is suspected in some of the deaths because sleep-inducing drugs and cold medicine ingredients were found in the bodies.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20091108a3.html

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day 597 { I know Pinan Niidan } Friday, November 6, 2009


Day 597 { I know Pinan Nidan }

I wore my new coat to work today. And as I entered the teacher's room, the vice principal and the office lady shouted kakuwi (Thats so cool). The vice principal also said "Dandy"..... I smiled then took my seat. However, when I went to teach the grade 1 students, the shouted ona no, ona (its a girl's coat). They said that a males's coat should be ankle length... I made sure to check this out with my friend, who reassured me that its a males coat and that the grade 1 kids dont know any better.

The camera man for my show said that he spoke to the NHK guy who would feature my show but the guy said that he wanted to view the entire show, not just a part of it. So he is very very very disappointed in my company's decision. I am still waiting on a call from my managing consultant to tell me the reason why the dis approved of the filming. I still can't seem to get an answer.

After work today, I went to karate. I now learnt the new Kata style name pinan niidan. So now I know 2 kata styles under my new belt. Whatever colour my new belt will be.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 596 { My Show Season 3 Video Shoot } Thursday, November 5, 2009


Day 596 { My Show Season 3 Video Shoot }

Today I did my first video shoot for season 3 at my school with the worst grade 6 class. The camera man told me again that they asked my company if NHK could do a video shoot of me outside of work. Which would be a private matter. Can you believe that my company said NO!!! The camera man said my company is strange (as we who work for them knows very well). I was very very upset and told the camera man to tell NHK that its fine to video me in private, just don't include my schools or anything with my company.

The video shoot went well but I was still angry, so I called my company and asked the person in charge of the ALTs "what was going on" and how can they make decisions for me about what I want to do privately????? The guy in charge of ALTS (Managing Consultant) then said its the manager of the branch who told NHK and the Board of Education that they should not film me. I told him to ask the manager WHY???? Did he make a decision for me about something not related to the company???? He then said he will ask the manager and get back to me...

Throughout the day at school I was wondering when since my company can make decisions for ALTS about non-company related issues. Everybody was quite shocked and disappointed about my company's decision. Everybody including my school, the camera men, the NHK people, the Board of Education and of course me. Anyway, in the evening, I also had a video shoot at the Board of Education, so before I went, I called the managing consultant guy again for my branch of the company. I asked him if he got in touch with the manager and he said not yet because they had no time. I told him then that I was going to go ahead and tell NHK that its fine to video me privately as long as it has nothing to do with where I work or my schools. He said ok BUT he still will have to speak to the manager... I told him that's fine with me...

I then did the video shoot at the board of education, and it went pretty well. Me and the camera man was also discussing about how messed up my company is.

Later in the evening, I went football and finally I scored.. I scored 3 goals against the opposing team. One of the guys who I play football with, also did a scene on my tv show today...

Day 595 { Bush in Japan } Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Day 595 { Bush in Japan }


Today the grade 5 teacher got sick, so the principal came to watch my class. I am teaching the grade 5s and 6s now about asking questions like:

How old are you
What colour do you like?
What sports do you like
Whats your hubby

and things like that..

In the night, I went to the Wednesday English conversation with one of the guys that I normally play football with. Only 4 of us came to the conversation tonight. The guy who I play football with was basically telling the others about when he used to work for one of the canteens at the google head office... Yes he once worked for the great google... He said he didn't really like it though and he is actually getting better pay now.

Bush talks to Waseda about his life — in world of sports

Bush, a former part-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, offered no assessment of the choices facing Obama on Afghanistan, climate change or the economy.

Exactly a year after Barack Obama was voted in as president, his successor, George W. Bush, talked in Japan on Wednesday about his former life — in sports.

Instead, he dished out advice to Japanese university students about running a sports franchise.

"Now I'm retired, so I'm glad to be talking about sports," Bush told an auditorium full of students and staff at Waseda University for a special sports science class.

Bush was generally unpopular in Japan during his time as president because of opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, but you wouldn't know it from the warm reception he received at Waseda.

A cheerleading team performed stunts for him on stage — spelling his name with their pompoms — and attendees reached out to shake his hand.

During his brief speech, Bush outlined key points for developing a successful franchise.

Make sure the stadium has a pleasant environment. Select "good baseball people" to make key decisions about hiring — and firing — players. Treat the media "as an ally, not an antagonist."

But the best marketing is winning, he said.

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