Days 1243 - 1249 Sunday, August 14, 2011 - Saturday, August 20, 2011

Days 1243 - 1249
Sunday, August 14, 2011 - Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 1243 ( Harry Potter / Japanese who were in Jamaica )
Sunday, August 14, 2011

Went to church in the morning, then went to watch a movie with 2 of my Japanese friends. We watched "Harry Potter - and the deathly hollows part 2" . This was the very first Harry Potter film I was seeing ever. So of course I didn't quite understand a few things. You can however pick up some information about the previous ones here and there while watching it. The action and the acting were great. Just for that alone, I give it a 6.5/10.

After the movie, I met up with some more Japanese persons in a coffee shop. All of them were teaching in Jamaica at some point in time. One of them has been living in Jamaica for over 8 years, and is now actually teaching French at an all girls high school there. I met her last year while promoting my book at the Japanese embassy in Jamaica.

The others spent anywhere from 10 months to over 2 years living and working in Jamaica as teachers. One of them taught Japanese at the main university in Jamaica for 10 months. It was only today I met her and the one who I watched Harry Potter with.



Day 1244 ( On the Beach in Yokosuka near Zushi )
Monday, August 15, 2011

Met up with 2 of the Japanese girls from yesterday and we went to the beach. It was like 15 minutes away from my stop by train. One of the girls, is a friend of another Japanese lady who is married to an American. We sort of stayed by their house a bit then went by the beach side.

We had barbecue there on the beach. This was some of the best chicken I have tasted in Japan. The other things we ate were also delicious. Then they told me that the barbecue guy went to a special cooking school. I told him that he should open a restaurant.

We also played a game name "suika wari". You know the "Split the water melon blind folded with a baseball bat" game. I almost wacked the water melon on my turn but I missed. We had 2 rounds of it then we decided to just cut it open with a knife.

After that, we played the "who can spit the watermelon seed the furthest" Game.

We then went to a shrine area where a 93 year old Japanese woman lived. Then 30 minutes away to a festival on another beach in an area known as Hayama. There was a Jamaican rastafarian guy on the beach cooking jerk chicken with rice and peas. But to be honest, the barbecue on the beach before, tasted wayyyy better.

He has a website... and he has been living in Japan for about 15 years.



Day 1245 ( Meeting Nena Again After 5 years )
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

When I went to Brazil n 2006, I met people from all over the world literally. About 140 young persons between the age of 18-30 met up for a 3 weeks long conference for the World Council of Churches. Most of us still keep in touch via facebook and emails.

So one of the girls I met there sent me an email saying that she will be in Japan a bit and she would like us to meet again. She is doing some sort of masters in international policy something something. She and 14 other masters students from all over the US will be visiting Japan for about 10 days. They will be meeting with some government people as well as some NGO people to discuss probably US-JAPAN relations. They will also be visiting Hiroshima and the old capital Kyoto as well as some other places around Japan.

I went to the hotel where they were staying at, and luckily it was only about 45 minutes from my train station. They were having some sort of banquet thing there. I met her and a couple of her other friends at the banquet thing. I also met the head of NHK's (Japan's main Tv station) English programming.

After the banquet, a couple of us went out to a traditional Japanese style restaurant to eat. I then had to rush to catch the last train back to my apartment.

Me and Nena 2006 (Brazil)

Me and Nena 2011 (Japan)

I somehow hope that I can again meet at least 50 of the 140 persons I met in Brazil. So far I am at 3.



Day 1246 ( Google bought Motorola )
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Woke up with a slight headache. So all I did was stay at my apartment and started playing Assassin's Creed 2 again.

Google just announced that it is acquiringMotorola Mobility. The search and online advertising company is buying the company for approximately $12.5 billion (or $40 per share), in cash. The price represents a premium of 63 percent to the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares last Friday. Google had about $39 billion in cash at last count.



Day 1247 (Hawaiian Restaurant)
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Had evening conversation again. this time we spoke mainly about the countries that she had the most memorable experiences in. She said India, Belgium and France. She told me a long story about her trip to India. It was very interesting, had me laughing for a while.

After the lesson, I went to a Hawaiian restaurant with my friend.

This is a video I took there of the dancing girls.



Day 1248 ( Stand-by / 6.8 Magnitude quake )
Friday, August 19, 2011

Someone from my company called me today and asked if I could be a stand-by for a Jr. High school kids camp in an area name Hongodai. The stand-by was just in case enough Jr. high school English teachers didn't show up. However, if enough showed up, then I could just go back to my apartment.

To be totally honest, I didn't want to do it but I would be paid 2000 yen if I go to the location and don't have to do anything. And 8000 yen if I had to stay for the 7 hours. So I went and thankfully they had enough, so I just went back to my apartment.

Felt an earthquake today. It wasn't so long nor was it so heavy in my apartment. But it was BIG at the epicenter.

M6.8 quake jolts Tohoku

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted the Tohoku region Friday afternoon, but caused no abnormalities at the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the Meteorological Agency and Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
The 2:36 p.m. quake measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7 in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, and it also rattled wide areas in Japan from Hokkaido to the Kinki region near Osaka.
The agency temporarily issued a tsunami warning to Miyagi and Fukushima, but no tidal waves were observed. The warning was lifted about 40 minutes later.
Along with the Fukushima plant, the Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi operated by Tohoku Electric Power Co. and Tepco's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture were operating normally after the quake.



Day 1249 ( 3 Years 5 Months )
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Stayed in my apartment for the entire day. Playing Call of duty Modern warfare 2 and Assassin's creed 2.


Dave - Rice and Peas...him fluent in Japanese?