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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Days 1187 - 1193 Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Saturday, June 25, 2011


Days 1187 - 1193

Sunday, June 19, 2011 - Saturday, June 25, 2011


Day 1187 { Unstoppable }
Sunday, June 19, 2011

Stayed in for most of the day. Watched a movie name "Unstoppable", starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine ( from Star Trek 2009 ). The movie was ok. It had some exciting parts in it, but some of the acting, even from Chris Pine, I think wasn't so good. Even though the movie was based on real events, you could kind of figure out the outcome at the end. Here is the link for the preview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM-0Ywc7wNY
I give it a 6.5/10


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Day 1188 { Married stories / Nintendo Wii U may Fail }
Monday, June 20, 2011

Marriage Stories

Today a friend of mine told me that he has been having some trouble with his wife. Every time, I hear stories like these, I cringe at the thought of getting married. I know I want to, but not quite yet. I can imagine that the good times are good but also that the bad times are terrible. I have one set of married friends (chiefly girls) who ask me what I am waiting on etc etc, and how it is wonderful being married and what not. I surprisingly don't hear this from the men, where one set says "Its ok" then the other set (actually most of them) saying "WAIT!!!" with a stern warning... And I am speaking about both Japanese and Jamaican men.

Nintendo Wii u May Fail

Fewer innovations, invasion of smartphone entrants eroding game maker's customer base

Takaki Kawatsu, a 33-year-old real estate agent, says he'll be among Nintendo Co. customers who will pass on the company's next Wii game console.

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Interactive: An attendee takes a photo during Nintendo Co.'s presentation of the Wii U console at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles earlier this month. BLOOMBERG PHOTO

"I bought the original Wii because it was popular, new and seemed like a great item to have at a party," said Kawatsu, who owned the game console for four years before selling it three months ago. "This time, there is nothing surprising or fresh."

Kawatsu, who now prefers to play games on his Apple Inc. iPhone, illustrates why analysts say the Wii U will probably fail to replicate the original Wii's success. Nintendo, facing mounting competition from mobile games such as "Angry Birds" and "Farmville" on Facebook, has tumbled 13 percent to a five-year low in Osaka trading since it unveiled the new console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this month.







http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nb20110621n1.html

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Day 1189 { Rip off Doctor ? }
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Since Saturday morning, my left ear has been ringing. I was concerned so I went to the doctor that I went to the last time. I honestly thought this guy was an ENT specialist. Unfortunately, after waiting for over an hour to see the doctor, this man told me he is not an ENT specialist, so he simply took my blood pressure then he recommended an ENT specialist to me. He also said that he can prescribe the medication for me....So I went along with it. and paid a whopping 7000 yen for everything!!! Then I thought to myself, "why didn't he simply let me go to the ENT specialist"??? That was when I realized that I probably got Punked!!! So now, if these tablets don't work, then I am eventually going to have to end up going to the ENT specialist and pay another maybe 7000 yen AGAIN!!!!! Oh Japan Japan...

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Day 1190 { Another English Supporter / Teachers pinned down man with knife }
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

English Supporter

Another English supporter came at my school today. She said she lived in Kenya for about 4 years and then Columbia for about 3 years. She basically spent most of her elementary school life in Kenya and Columbia. This is because her dad was an ambassador for Japan. However, she said he died while she was still in high school. Then her mom died shortly after, while she was attending university in the USA. She spent 6 years studying in Texas. Wow what a life.... She mentioned that even up to now, she still can't write some kanji characters properly.


Teachers pin down knife-wielding man with two-pronged 'man catcher'


In my blog last week, I mentioned about a drilling exercise that they carried out at a school I went to. Well, this exercise had to be carried out by a school in a nearby prefecture recently. Only that this time it was a real situation, here is the news...


Police on Monday were called to an elementary school in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, after a man illegally entered the premises carrying a kitchen knife. It is believed the 62-year-old man walked into the school by the open front gate at around 7:40 a.m. before the children had arrived and was then challenged by the school principal and teachers.

When they realized the man was armed, three of them decided to use a “sasumata,” a two-pronged device similar to a “man catcher,” which was a type of forked pole weapon used in Europe up until the 18th century. Police said the teachers used the weapon to pin the man down until they arrived. Police said that no-one was injured in the incident.

According to eyewitnesses, the man was first spotted on the premises by a female teacher, who informed the principal. The principal attempted to address the man, but the man just unwrapped a newspaper bundle he was carrying to reveal the kitchen knife. The principal said he instructed staff to fetch the fork-like tool, following which three teachers surrounded the man and held him in place using the weapon. Police quoted the suspect as saying, “I came here to threaten the children.”

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/teachers-pin-down-knife-wielding-man-with-two-pronged-man-catcher

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Day 1191 { Noisy apartment / Lady Gaga in Japan }
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Noisy Apartment

Got a slip of paper at my apartment door today saying they are going to cut off the water on the apartment complex in July. This is to run some sort of check on the water system. Then at the bottom of the paper written in pen they added that it has been reported to them (The company that owns the apartment complex) that someone on the third floor (where I am) has been disturbing the peace of sorts, at late nights.... It also says that if I suspect anyone, I should report it to them. The thing is that, everyone on the apartment complex got this note.

As far as I know, I probably play music sometimes (but not late nights) and also watch anime before I go to bed many times (but not loud as far as I know). Occasionally my friends come over, and we sort of speak a bit loud, but not until too late I think. That is about it. I sincerely hope it is not a "chase away the foreigner" plan.


Lady Gaga is in Japan to raise money to help the tsunami/earthquake victims

Lady Gaga, one of the most successful pop singer-songwriters at present known for her out-of-the-box style of fashion, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to attend a charity music event for survivors of the March 11 quake and tsunami.
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Mobbed: Lady Gaga (left) arrives at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Tuesday. AP

Responding to cheers from some 200 avid fans who waited for her arrival at Narita airport, the 25-year-old American, dressed in green from head to toe, raised her left hand sporting a wrist band bearing a message, "Nihon no tame ni Inori o" (Pray for Japan). Revenues from selling the wrist bands go to disaster survivors.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110623a6.html






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Day 1192
{ They may not like me
/ Rebuilding the Tsunami/Earthquake area estimated to be ridiculously Expensive}


Friday, June 24, 2011

They may not like me, but who knows

So far, there are only 3 teachers that seem to either not like my teaching style or not like me. I could be misreading them though. It so happen that I have 3 schools and each school has 1 of them. It also so happens that the 3 of them are females over 40. The first one is at my main school, she hardly speaks to me, and she tend to want to take over the English class and do things her way. But I couldn't care less. The other 2 just watch me teach and don't say a word and occasionally ends the class 5-10 minutes early. That too I couldn't care less.


Rebuilding to cost ¥16.9 trillion

Rebuilding of infrastructure, housing and other facilities ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami will cost around ¥16.9 trillion, not including damage from the nuclear crisis, the Cabinet Office said Friday.


The sum is about 1.8 times the ¥9.6 trillion cost of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake that pummeled the Kobe area.

The cost will be much larger when the effects of radiation leaks from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are included, analysts said, fueling concerns over the outlook for the national economy and fiscal health.

The estimate is based on information from ministries and the affected prefectures of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba, Niigata and Nagano, and is more accurate than the ¥16 trillion to ¥25 trillion the office estimated in late March.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110625a4.html


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Day 1193 { Lazy Saturday }
Saturday, June 25, 2011

I was really lazy today, because this week was quite a bit tiring. So I stayed in all day, surfing the net, watching random music videos and just being lazy. I was even supposed to meet up with a friend but I cancelled.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Days 1180 - 1186 Sunday, June 12, 2011 - Saturday, June 18, 2011

Days 1180 - 1186

Sunday, June 12, 2011 - Saturday, June 18, 2011



Day 1180 { Visiting Baptist Churches / Suspected Sony Hacker}
Sunday, June 12, 2011

Visiting Baptist Churches

Visited a Baptist church this morning that is near to one of my schools. The pastor of the church is a lady that is an English supporter at that school. The person who spoke at the church was an American missionary who has been living in Japan since 1977. Of course she speaks fluent Japanese, so her message was also in Japanese.

The American lady then invited me to another Baptist church where they had some sort of concert thing. Her intention was to introduce me to some younger persons there, however at the event it was mostly people looking like 45 and over.


Spain releases three held over Sony hacking attacks



Spanish police said Friday they arrested three people suspected of launching denial of service attacks against the websites of Sony Corp. and other companies, as well as those of several governments.


The three were

later released without

bail, according to the Associated Press, after police denied the suspects may be linked to the recent data breach of personal information of more than 100 million accounts at Sony, mainly of users of its PlayStation Network services. It was also reported that no evidence had been found indicating the su

spects stole classified information.

The three are believed to be members of the international network of computer hackers known as Anonymous. They allegedly infected computers of other people via programs sent through a computer they set up in a northern Spanish city.



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Day 1181 { Tired Tired / Funny Jamaican video }
Monday, June 13, 2011

I was tired after work today again, so as soon as I got home I slept. After I woke up, I again had devotion via skype, with some friends from Niimi.

There was some serious rain for about a week or 2 in my lovely home land Jamaica. There was a bit of flooding in certain areas and it made the news. So some talented guy made a video on youtube from one of the news headlines. It was quite funny and even made CBS news.

Heavy rains have battered Jamaica in recent days, ruining fields and washing away some roads. One particular bridge was swept away. A news team went out to the road and interviewed people on the scene, including one very spirited local.

As it always does in times likes these, the Internet responded to the event the only way it knows how: a hilarious remix.

The original news piece is right HERE. But, honestly, the

story wasn't complete until DJ Powa added that beat. Now I understand the seriousness of the situation. Also, it's a pretty catchy song.

The good news is that the situation has improved, and hopefully a new bridge will be built in time. But for now, nobody canna cross it.

Here is the video ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hknVoAoyy-k&feature=player_embedded

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504784_162-2007



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Day 1182 { Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides }
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I had another English supporter today. The first male, and he will help me with the grade 1 classes. He is an Ex-Pilot and worked for Japan Airlines (JAL) for over 30 years. Really cool guy. So far my English supporters at this school are really nice persons.

I went to the theater today with my friend to watch another one of my favourite franchise movies, Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Luckily the theater is only like 10 mins away from where I live now and also there was a 1000 yen special today for the movie. I enjoyed it from start to finish and I give it maybe a 8.5/10.

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Day 1183 { Olivia sensei }
Wednesday, June 15, 2011


At the school I went to today, they had a simulation about a fictional character known as Olivia sensei. I have no idea why they named the character Olivia when the character is supposed to be Japanese. Any way, the character came about after some crazy guy went into a school in Osaka and killed 8 elementary/primary school students back in 2001 ... that news can be found here http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/08/world/08CND-JAPA.html

So they did a simulation about "what if" a crazy guy should happen to come in the school, and what the students and teachers should do. A grade 6 teacher pretended to be the "Olivia sensei" character while 3 or 4 other teachers pretended to try to escort "Olivia sensei" somewhere while they waited for the police.

Some Board of Education members also came to view a couple of my classes today for short periods of time. The principal at this school once worked with the Board of Education for a while, so I think this school attracts quite a few Board of Education workers. I am not sure if that is good or bad for me. The Vice principal told me that he enjoyed my class though, which is a good sign.

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Day 1184 { More Class Viewing / Human Excrete turned to food}
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Class Viewing

I got yet another English supporter, this time for the grade 4 children. This lady lived in the US for about 6 years, in Atlanta, Georgia and Bronks, New York. Her husband was an associate professor at a university. Her daughter also goes to this school.

Some teachers came from the nearby Jr. high school today to view my class. I was teaching about numbers 1 - 1000. I was surprised to meet the English teacher for the Jr high school, who was also a black guy, but from the US. He came to view my class as well. Of course the students who came to get me were in a frenzy and possibly talking about all sort of things as it relates to blacks. When the class was over, the Japanese teacher who is also the English coordinator, came to me and asked me if I knew him. When I told her no and that I have never met him before, she as well as the kids who were surrounding her, were quite surprised. Of course the kids then added that we resembled each other. It would be sad for me if I really resembled that guy.


Excrete turns to food

Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces

Synthesize food from human waste matter. Absurd yes

, but Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create edible steaks from human feces.

Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama ( The prefecture where I lived for 3 years) Laboratory, has developed steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage approached the scientist because of an overabundance of sewage mud. They asked him to explore the possible uses of the sewage and Ikeda found that the mud contained a great deal of protein because of all the bacteria.

The researchers then extracted those proteins, combined them with a reaction enhancer and put it in an exploder which c

reated the artificial steak. The “meat” is 63% proteins, 25% carbohydrates, 3% lipids and 9% minerals. The researchers color the poop meat red with food coloring and enhance the flavor with soy protein. Initial tests hav

e people saying it even tastes like beef.


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Day 1185 { More Advertisement for Blue Mountain Coffee }
Friday June 17, 2011

When I work until 3pm at this school, I normally walk back to near the train station and my apartment with the maintenance manager at the school. I indicated to him to wait for me, but when I was leaving, he was no where in sight. I am still not sure who left out first, whether me or him.

Went to Shibuya, Tokyo in the evening with an American friend of mine. I stayed there until Saturday morning.

Blue Mountain Coffee
( I borrowed this article from my friend's blog)

Yendi Phillips is a Jamaican beauty queen who won Miss Jamaica World 2007, the 2010 Miss Jamaica Universe pageant and finished as the first runner up at Miss Universe 2010, losing out slightly to Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. She is very popular in Jamaica and has blossomed into a well loved media personality and socialite in recent years. Yendi Phillips has been in Japan acting as the face a a massive campaign to re-energize the high-end Blue Mountain coffee brand.


Coffee Exports to Japan falling

Although Jamaican Coffee has been king in Japan for many years the last year has been a difficult one with revenues from exports of coffee from Jamaica to Japan falling off by almost 50%. The Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA) and the Association of Japanese Importers of Jamaican Coffee (AJIJC) is using Yendi Phillipps to be the face of their combined “JBM Golden Balance Campaign” targeted at 30-50 year old Japanese people of both sexes.


This is her first ever visit to Japan. Yendi also visited a shelter and some of the areas affected by the massive earthquake and deadly tsunami in March and shared on her Facebook page how she is impressed the courage, strength and generosity of the Japanese people.












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Day 1186 ( Early morning meeting invitation )
Saturday, June 18, 2011

I left Shibuya, Tokyo at about 6:30 am after having breakfast with my friends. I was extremely tired and was sleeping on the train. When the train got to Yokohama, the train attendant had to wake me up. I was totally knocked out. I got home at about 9:00 am and I slept until maybe 1pm. I stayed in all day of course. Man I am getting old.

My Japanese friend who lives 2 mins down the hill from me visited me today at my apartment. I think his aim was to try to get me involved in some sort of meeting they have every single morning at 5 am. I of course told him that I am in no way interested. This meeting has something to do with some Japanese ethics and moral stuff. He and about 200 people, go to this thing EVERY SINGLE MORNING at 5 am. I find this quite ridiculous actually.

My left ear has been feeling strange since this morning, think I am going to have to visit the doctor again.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Days 1173 - 1179 Sunday, June 5, 2011 - Saturday, June 11, 2011


Days 1173 - 1179 Sunday, June 5, 2011 - Saturday, June 11, 2011


Day 1173 { Takers / Paris Syndrome}
Sunday, June 5, 2011

Takers
I can't help but notice that I have been slowly watching less movies and playing less games for the past year or so. But today I decided to stay in all day and I ended up watching a 2010 movie called "Takers". It had a couple famous American actors as well as rap and R&B singers in it. I was expecting the movie to really suck but I give it a 5.5/10 for the action. The plot twists weren't so bad either, but the acting was somewhat horrible.

Paris Syndrome

I found this 2006 article quite interesting, about a situation known as Paris syndrome which affects a couple Japanese tourist per year. The article says :

A dozen or so Japanese tourists a year have to be repatriated from the French capital, after falling prey to what's become known as "Paris syndrome".

That is what some polite Japanese tourists suffer when they discover that Parisians can be rude or the city does not meet their expectations.

The experience can apparently be too stressful for some and they suffer a psychiatric breakdown.

Around a million Japanese travel to France every year.

Shocking reality

Many of the visitors come with a deeply romantic vision of Paris - the cobbled streets, as seen in the film Amelie, the beauty of French women or the high culture and art at the Louvre.

The reality can come as a shock.

An encounter with a rude taxi driver, or a Parisian waiter who shouts at customers who cannot speak fluent French, might be laughed off by those from other Western cultures.

But for the Japanese - used to a more polite and helpful society in which voices are rarely raised in anger - the experience of their dream city turning into a nightmare can simply be too much.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6197921.stm

There is even a wikipedia link about it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_syndrome

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Day 1174 { Free Games from PSN }
Monday, June 6, 2011

Playstation is offering some free games as a part of their "welcome back" program after the playstation network was hacked. They are offering 2 of 5 games for the PS3 and 2 of 4 for the PSP.

The Free PS3 games are:

Infamous, Dead nation, Little big planet, Super star dust and wipe out.

The Free PSP games are:

Killzone Liberation, Little big planet, mod nation racers and Pursuit force

I can already download any game I want for my PSP so I don't need any of the PSP games. However, after playing some demos and watching some youtube videos of the free games being offered, I ended up downloading Infamous and Dead nation fro the PS3.
I then did Bible study with dome friends online from Niimi.

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Day 1175 { Observation Day }
Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I got observed today by the Yokohama Board of Education and by a representative from my company. I taught a 4th grade class about fruits, and this group was quite energetic. Overall it went well but I made a few blunders, showing that my English is slowly deteriorating.

First blunder - I was saying "what fruits do you like" instead of "What fruit do you like" ... But I realize that I am picking up the Japanese accent when they fruitsu instead of fruit..

Second blunder - I was saying "I like orange" instead of "I like oranges" ... I have no excuse for this one, because I didn't even realize that I was saying this.

Blunder number 3 - I asked the Japanese Home room teacher to help me demonstrate how to play a game. This now I was told in a training session that it was ok

However, outside of these blunders, they both said my lesson was lively and that they thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Day 1176 { Another English Supporter }
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I met another English supporter today. This lady happened to be a Baptist pastor that belongs to the general Baptist group that I am a part of known as the Baptist World Alliance ( BWA ). I know her church will probably only speak Japanese but I am still planning to visit there this coming Sunday.

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Day 1177 { Pet Salon / Drop 7}
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Started playing two games for the iphone recently. These games I guarantee will waste your time. They are good to burn time while on the train though. One of them is known as Pretty Pet Salon, the other is known as Drop 7.

Felt another small earthquake today for about 2 seconds.




















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Day 1178 { Goodbye/ Welcome Dinner #2 }
Friday, June 10, 2011

Went to another goodbye/welcome dinner with my main school. It was held at the same hotel like the last one. At the intercontinental hotel in Sakuragicho, Yokohama. The teachers who left last year, all had to do a small speech and they all got a goodbye present. The new teachers (7 of us, including the principal) also had to give a brief self introduction as well as do a Haiku (which is a form of 3 line style of Japanese poetry, having five, seven then five syllables respectively). I did a very simple one.




ko . n . ba . n . ha (5 syllables... meaning Good evening)

wa . ta . shi . ha, de . i . vu (7 syllables - meaning my name is Dave)

ka . ra . te, su . ki (
5 syllables - I like Karate )

Even though it was the nutritionist (who is also new to the school) that told me that I should prepare a haiku, at the dinner, the persons doing the nights programme, forgot to call my name to go up. So while the others were walking up, I stopped and asked the vice principal if I was supposed to go up as well, to which he nodded yes with a smile.

At the dinner, a hair somehow found its way in my 10,000 yen plate of food. I alerted one of the waiters who apologized and reported it to his boss, who came and also apologized and served me another plate. I was a bit upset by it, and even started wondering if someone deliberately did it, since it happened to no one else, except the loan foreigner in the room.

Anyway, the group of us (about 45 in all) exited the hotel and the group splitted with most males going to drink alcohol while most females went to a starbucks rip off restaurant to have coffee. Myself and the maintenance guy, went with the mostly female group, because I wasn't prepared to spend another 1000 yen or more on alcohol or anything else for that matter.

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Day 1179 { More Cracked.com / Charging Battery with boiling water }
Saturday, June 11, 2011

I am not proud of saying this, but I spent about 5 hours on my computer today reading random stuff on cracked.com. Like:


7 super powered animal senses you wont believe are possible

http://www.cracked.com/article_18837_7-superpowered-animal-senses-you-wont-believe-are-possible.html?wa_user1=3&wa_user2=Science&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=recommended

8 actors you won't believed voice famous cartoon characters

http://www.cracked.com/article_19239_8-actors-you-wont-believe-voiced-famous-cartoon-characters.html


Boiling water charges cell phone

A pot that can be used to charge cellphones by boiling water in it will go on sale as disaster equipment later this month.


The Hatsuden-nabe (power-generating pot) made by venture company TES NewEnergy Corp. has the appearance of an ordinary household utensil but can directly convert heat waste into electricity using a thermoelectric module.

Since the device can charge cellphones and other devices using open flames from firewood, charcoal, gas and other sources, it can be useful as a backup charger for natural disasters or other emergencies, the company, based in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, said.



http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110611b1.html


@Naomi, yeah they have a huge variety of stuff at IKEA

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Japanese Women Need Husbands / Gathering With New Friends

Days 1166 - 1172

Sunday, May 29, 2011 - Saturday, June 4, 2011


Day 1166 { IKEA in the rain}
Sunday, May 29, 2011


Today I went to a Swiss Home department store that is famous in Japan known as IKEA. There were quite a few foreigners in there. A very big restaurant is also located inside of the store. Before going there though along with a friend of mine, a typhoon was expected today in Japan. It wasn't such a big threat though, just heavy rain. I still managed to go there with my friend despite the rain. I thought that because the area was in Yokohoma city, it would be near to where I live... Oh no. It is probably an hour or more away. Wasn't expecting this at all.

To get to the store after getting to a certain point we had to walk for about 7 mins then wait on a bus from the Home store. They have a bus coming every 15 mins. When we got to the store, I purchased some sort of drawer looking thing to put under my bed. We also ate there.

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Day 1167 { Yokohama Port Opening Skit }
Monday, May 30, 2011

At work today in the morning, a couple of the teachers did a replay of the Yokohama port opening event, which took place 152 years ago in 1859. The skit was interesting as I didn't expect some of these teachers to be good actors. But they were and I understood the play even though it was 98% Japanese.

The opening of the Yokohama port basically took place when a guy from the US name Matthew Perry went to Japan with a fleet of war ships and basically demanded the Japanese to open their ports to foreign trade. Before this, Japan had little or nothing to do with the outside world. This is why some Japanese are still in the dark and a bit shy when it comes on to foreigners. This Thursday, June 2 will mark the 152nd anniversary of the opening. So Yokohama city will actually have an holiday this Thursday, so no work for me.

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Day 1168 { Sports Day / Whale for Lunch :O / Sun Dog}
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Went to work today, but it was sports day. While going into the school, there were persons giving out visitor name card stuff at the entrance. I didn't notice them until after I went inside and turned around, then saw the persons at the entrance staring at me with the visitor name thingy in their hands. I am not a visitor so I continued on my way. I watched the sports day events which was quite interesting. More interesting than the ones back in Okayama. They made me participate in an event where a big group of us had to throw some round objects in a net attached to a tall pole. My team tied with the opposing team where we both got 32 of the round objects in the net.

Before lunch time, they warned me that they were going to have whale for lunch. I decided that I would try it any way. I have never had whale for school lunch in Okayama. It was ok though, not something I would eat everyday like chicken, but it was ok. It tasted like a cross between fish and beef.

In the sky there was this phenomenon known as a Sun Dog. Its where a circular rainbow can be seen around the sun. It looks rather amazing. Actually today, there were 2 rings of rainbows around the sun. It looked majestic.

After sports day, I went to another home store, this time nearby me, to buy 2 container box looking things, a pillow and some ground cushion like stuff in preperation for some friends coming over this Saturday.


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Day 1169 { Happy Birthday Sandy / English supporter }

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy Birthday to my elder sister who still believes that she is 25. I also still think I am 25 for some reason, but my body certainly doesn't feel like it. I called my sister for her birthday today after I got in from work.

Today I had my first class with an English supporter. The persons who my friend told me cause more trouble than actually help. I decided I will give the person the benefit of the doubt. The lady came up to me with one of the grade 6 teachers and we planned a set of lessons for maybe 2 minutes. The English supporter lady is actually 70 years old and she is a former English teacher. So she speaks pretty good English. She wasn't too much of an obstacle but I do prefer when it is only me and the teacher in the class.

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Day 1170 { Yokohama Port Opening Day / Ladies seek husbands }
Thursday, June 2, 2011

So today was the Yokohama Port opening day thing that I was speaking about earlier. So all the schools in Yokohama was on holiday today. So I stayed in for the day and watched a BBC documentary called "Inside the human body". It was interesting. It was recommended by my friend Patrice in Jamaica. You can see it on youtube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSDDdvynU4A


Husbands needed


In the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, some people scrambled to stock up on emergency supplies. Others flocked to buy energy-saving devices as power outages loomed.
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Eyes on the prize: A woman looks at wedding rings at the Shinjuku Takashimaya department store in April.
Amid the heightened sense of insecurity, a growing number of women also had their minds set on finding something else — a marriage partner.
This eagerness to get married, they say, comes after many are reassessing their lifestyles and rediscovering the importance of family in these trying times.
Since the twin disasters, which also triggered the nation's worst nuclear crisis, matchmaking agencies have reported a surge in female membership and the number of marriages arranged. Retailers are also noting brisk sales of engagement rings and wedding bands.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110602f2.html


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Day 1171 { Earthquake #13/Japanese Prime minster to quit }
Friday, June 3, 2011

Today there was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the sea, somewhere near where the big one occurred in March. We didn't feel this one. I told the vice principal and then shortly after this we felt a 4.3 magnitude one at work. The epicentre was further up north on land, but we felt it for about 3 seconds.

After work, I bought some stuff at the 100 yen shop for a gathering of new friends which will take place at my apartment tomorrow.


Prime minister to quit


Yet another Japanese prime minister is going to quit. This is the 4th one quitting since I got here in 2008. Both persons from within his party as well as the opposition party are pressuring him. But the Japanese public is wondering why there is so much fighting in politics now when there are more important things to look after, like the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster victims.


Kan offers exit, beats no-confidence vote

Chief's key DPJ foes Ozawa, Hatoyama holster their threat, for now



Prime Minister Naoto Kan survived a no-confidence motion Thursday after suddenly announcing his intention to resign once disaster-hit Tohoku is back on its feet and the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is safely under control.
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Heaven help me: Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who expressed his intention to resign Thursday, listens to a speech by Tadamori Oshima, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, before a vote on a no-confidence motion the same day at a Lower House plenary session.
Kan's abrupt announcement barely prevented the ruling Democratic Party of Japan from falling apart, as dozens of members close to DPJ heavyweight and Kan rival Ichiro Ozawa refused to vote against Kan.
Kan survived easily by a vote of 293 to 152 in the 480-seat chamber, which included 15 DPJ and 15 opposition abstentions.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110603a1.html

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Day 1172 { Gathering of New Friends }
Saturday, June 4, 2011

I stayed in today in order to finish cleaning and re-organizing my apartment to accommodate some new friends. I slept for a bit then when I woke up, I took a train 3 stops away to go meet my friends in kamio oka. We then went to a restaurant where we ate, drank, chatted and have a good time. It was fun.


We then left that restaurant and went to my apartment. Again we drank and chatted and had more fun. I also introduced them to my book and my dub poems.
















Today some ALTS and others from Okayama were pounced upon by cops for playing loud music. Of course some random Japanese person called the cops. My friend told me that first a few about 3 cops turned up, then they called for backup with guns lol.. Here is a video of it... Not sure if you will see it but its worth a shot. They weren't arrested though, just taken in for questioning.


http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150218366056937