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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Days 1096 - 1102 Sunday, March 20, 2011 - Saturday, March 26 , 2011

Days 1096 - 1102 Sunday, March 20, 2011 - Saturday, March 26 , 2011

Day 1096 ( 3 YEARS!!! / Spring ting continuation)
Sunday, March 20, 2011

Finally I got back my Internet so I'm back again.

So Its three years now I'm living in Japan. Still can't believe it. In Japanese they would say shinjirarenai. My plan was to stay here only 1 year. But Japan grew on me, that's all I can say for now. The job I currently have is the longest one I have ever held on to since I started working any at all.

{As I type this, I am currently compiling a video of my 3 years. I hope I will get to finish it before I leave this area, as I am already again late with my update, and the moving trucks should be arriving today (as in while I'm typing this on Wednesday, March 30, 2011) yikes!!!}

Further to the above paragraph, unfortunately I lost all the data from my external hard drive in the re-location process, so I cannot produce that video. But I will upload a brief clip of random final moments in Niimi, Okayama. Here it is....


Any way Today (as in my blog
entry day March 20, 2011) ... was the second day of the Spring ting business organized by the Jamaicans in Japan. We were placed in houses based on the colours of the Jamaican flag. I was in green house, and there is a certain smell associated with said colour in Jamaican culture. Not a good smell. So the other houses used this to their advantage with their taunting and jeers.

Each house had kitchen duty to cook and another would clean up afterwards. My house was to make breakfast this morning. The organizers told us we should wake up from 5am and start preparing the coal, pots and food etc. I didn't wake up until about 6:30 am.. another guy in the house didn't wake up until about 8am.

Later we had sports day. We started off with cheer leading Here.. ........ then with the main events. I entered the kanji race, which we won and the relay which we came second because I accidentally dropped the baton :p ... Our house came second over all. After sports day we had lunch then school challenge quiz.

The teams were to have at least 1 Jamaican, 1 Japanese, and 1 person from any other country, but 5 in all. Again my house came second.... We then had a verrrrry late dinner, then a party in the night, that went on until about 2:00am or 3:00am. At the party, a certificate was given to all non-Jamaicans who were present. A certificate stating that they are "honorary Jamaicans".


Day 1097 ( Heading back from the camp )

Monday, March 21, 2011

Today was a holiday, so we were all still at the camp. I forgot to mention that my phone had no signal where the camp site was. Not only mine but also 90% of the persons who were there
as well. Most foreigners use a phone company called softbank. So for 2 and a half days we had almost no contact with the outside world where phone is concerned. But it was welcomed somewhat.

We then left the camp area one by one. Me and my other friend got driven back to Okayama with the Japanese couple who took us there.

Day 1098 ( Tuesday Night English Conversation bye bye )
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Went to work and got presents from the students. The grade 3 students even made pizza for me. I had to do a short speech in Japanese in front of the entire school again just like last year. Only this time it was good bye speech.

In the night I went to a dinner party which was organized by the Tuesday, evening English conversation people. A lady that normally come to the English conversation, sang a Japanese song for me with a Japanese guitar (shamisen) and the others joined in. I also got some goodbye cards and some random presents.


Day 1099 (Last Day at Nochi) Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Went to my very first graduation ceremony while living in Japan. It was tear jerking but I held out. I got presents from the teachers and students and had to give a good bye speech again which was difficult.

In the evening, I had dinner with the principal of my main school and his wife. He told me that in all his years of teaching and administration, he has never met an English teacher like me. And said he would place me as number 1. It was humbling and really touched my heart.


Day 1100 { Last Day at Yagami / Goodbye to my TV show staff }
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Got a couple of goodbye gifts from the students and teachers at my main school today. They had a brief farewell party like thing in the principal's office for me, where we had cake. They gave me 2 specially made cups there.

In the evening, I had dinner with my camera man, his boss and some other actors from my tv show.


Day 1101 ( Orthodontist Goodbye/Last Karate in Niimi/Last Friday English Conversation/ Darts bar Party )
Friday, March 25, 2011

Today was the last day of my 2010-2011 contract but I had no work. So I went to my orthodontists in Okayama city for a final teeth evaluation. I then had dinner with another one of the orthodontist who is half Japanese / Half Mexican.

I then rushed from Okayama city to Niimi, to go to my last karate training in Niimi, then from there to say goodbye to the people at my friend's Friday English conversation class.

This was followed by me rushing to a party at the darts bar. What a busy day it was.


Day 1102 ( Kids Lesson / Goodbye to another friend )
Saturday, March 26, 2011

A lady from my friend's Friday evening English conversation, asked me to be a special guest at a kids class she was having today. All I needed to do was to give the kids some sweets when they asked me for it in English.

In the evening, I had dinner with one of my closest Japanese friends in Niimi. The guy whose father taught me Japanese. I almost shed a tear again while I was saying good bye to them. But again I held out.

Yes Kenroy, I had to write about it. Long time mi nuh experience dis kinda vibez yuh know.

Dwayne, if you are a twin and used to live in Waterford, then I know who you are. Bro to live in Japan full time is a serious commitment. The main thing is that you have to be tolerant, very tolerant. You will never be fully accepted as a foreigner in the Japanese society, however, some people are really nice and the place is peaceful etc. Read these blog posts that I made on it..

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Hey Latasha thanks for your post. If you need help with anything let me know.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Days 1089 - 1095 Sunday, March 13, 2011 - Saturday, March 19 , 2011

Days 1089 - 1095 Sunday, March 13, 2011 - Saturday, March 19 , 2011

Day 1089 (Ground Golf / Karate Goodbye dinner)
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Today wasn't work but I had to wake up early and get out to go play ground golf with some of the other English teachers and some old people who are quite skilled at this game. We did it last year as well.

This time I did wayy better than last. In all there were about 50 of us who participated, and they placed us in groups of 5 and 6. I was 2nd place in my group and 3rd place overall amongst the foreigners. They gave me some energy drink mix as my present.

I then went back to my apartment briefly, then to a drinking party with my karate friends. We started at around 3:00 pm and went on until about 8pm. After which, a couple of us did karaoke. I rode for about 20 mins
to the karaoke location then when it was over, I rode back to my apartment in the blistering cold of the night at about 11:30 pm.


Day 1090 ( Applying for new apartment )
Monday, March 14, 2011
Today is known as white day in Japan. This is when the males should give the females chocolate or some other type of present in return for what they got on valentine's day.

Anyway, I went to Bible study in the night then I fell asleep at my computer again. I filled out an application form for an apartment in Yokohama. So now they are going to screen me to see if I am legitimate or if I am worthy of their apartment. I am still a bit worried about the nuclear stuff that is going on though.


Day 1091
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Went to the Tuesday
evening English conversation where this girl that is now attending university in a prefecture called Kyoto, did a presentation. Her presentation was on her recent trip to Taiwan. She also gave us some Taiwanese snacks.


Day 1092
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Went to work but did absolutely nothing. After work all I did was updated this blog. These days are slowly getting busier and busier. I am still obviously concerned about relocating to Yokohama, but as it is now, I don't have much of a choice really.


Day 1093 ( Last Day at Kojiro )
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Had my
last classes at the school I went to today. Then later in the afternoon, they were doing club activities. A teacher invited me to one of the club activities which involved walking up a mountain and then chip away at rocks to search for fossils. A teacher then
explained to me that millions of years ago, where Japan is now, there were only sea type dinosaurs in the area. Because this area was only sea.

When I was ready to leave, the teachers stood up and I had to give a small speech in Japanese. They then followed me to my car and the principal gave me some money in an envelop.

After work, I chatted a bit online with a friend from Germany and another from Panama. Then my friend in New York called me and we chatted for a while. I heard that calls are free from the US to Japan for about a month.

Day 1094
Friday, March 18, 2011

Went to karate after work, then to the Friday English conversations, then to the darts bar to tell them that I should be leaving in 2 weeks. So they also plan to keep a good bye party for me next week.


Day 1095 { Spring Ting 2011 }
Saturday, March 19, 2011

Went to Okayama city today in order to meet some Jamaicans to go to a yearly camping event that the Jamaicans in Japan organize, known as Spring Ting. This I heard was the 6th one of its kind. I missed the last 2 while living in Japan because of something that came up each time. I wasn't planning to go because of the whole moving thing but I decided to go because I haven't seen a Jamaican for a while now.

Anyway, I met up with a Jamaican guy who has been living in Japan for about 7 years now, in the same prefecture where I am. I spoke to him before but never met him. He introduced me and another Jamaican girl to a Japanese couple who were also planning to go to the event. The Japanese couple drove us down to the camp area which was in some remote part of Osaka. The drive took about 5 hours. We got to the area, registered, got our rooms then we ate and introduced ourselves.