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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Myths About Japanese Women - Geisha

Days 1313 - 1319

Day 1313
Sunday, October 23, 2011


Went to watch a famous festival in Kyoto known as the Jidai Matsuri ( Festival of the ages ). This festival depicted the different era's in Japanese history, using authentic dress patterns, weapons etc. for each era.

For example they displayed the Heian era (Kyoto Era) when the cap

ital of Japan was in Kyoto. The Kamakura era when the capital was in the prefecture that I live now, but in a city known as kamakura. They also showed the Edo era, when the capital just moved to Tokyo.

The festival wasn't too bad but the problem was they closed off one side of the road for the matsuri, while the other side had bus, trucks, cars and everything driving along. Me and my friend just happened to be on the side where the vehicles were.

I then took the high speed train (shinkansen) back to Yokohama and got to my apartment at about 11pm.


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Day 1314 ( Tokyo Workers get less sleep )
Monday, October 24, 2011

Just normal work today. Got home and did devotion via skype with some friends from Niimi.


Tokyo workers sleep less

I'm not in Tokyo but near enough for this apply to me as well. I am not getting enough sleep at nights I think.


Tokyo office workers sleep at least 30 minutes less than their New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm Peers each night, averaging six hours, or 14 percent less than the recommended minimum, a study said.
Tokyo workers went to bed at 12:18 a.m. on average, the study by Stanford University and foodmaker Ajinomoto Co., which sells Glyna, a sleep supplement, found. The U.S. National Sleep Foundation urges seven to nine hours a night.
The study was presented at a meeting of the World Sleep Federation in Tokyo Wednesday along with other research that highlighted sleep deprivation among Japanese. A separate study presented at the forum found an "extremely serious" lack of sleep among junior high school students in Japan.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111021n1.html

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Day 1315 { Happy Birthday Mom/ 11 Million yen found in the Ocean }
Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Happy Birthday Mom!!! I love you more than words can say.

Today was another normal day at work.
Called my mom for her birthday after I got home.


11 million found in the Ocean


An overnight bag containing ¥11 million in cash has been recovered from the ocean floor 23 km off Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, the municipal government said.
The bag, raised by a trawler Oct. 8, may have been swept out to sea by the March 11 tsunami, local officials said.
It contained 1,100 ¥10,000 bills, but nothing to identify the owner, they said.
The cash will go to the person who found it if the owner doesn't come forward by April 27, six months after the official notification that was posted Friday, the officials said.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111030a7.html

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Day 1316 ( Siri for iphone 4s/Myth about Japanese Women )
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Vice principal at my school today showed me that she has an iphone 4s. She showed me the siri application that you can speak to and it executes some of your commands. It also writes your messages if you speak properly. The vice principal said she got her phone DIRECTLY from an electronic shop????? So why am I waiting for almost 2 weeks now for mine?



Had my new English conversation student today after work. We spoke mostly about sports but also about some other random stuff. He didn't do his home work but that's no problem. That is his duty. I think he speaks English pretty well, he just needs some new vocabulary words and more speaking practice.


Myth about Japanese Women

I found this article on the internet. Its an interesting read about Japanese women.

I visited my friend in a small town in Quebec, Canada, for two weeks in summer 1995. It was such a tiny town that no one seemed to know so much about Japan.
One night, my friend’s dad who worked at a paper factory came home and said, “My co-workers told me that I am lucky to have a geisha at home!” My friend and I looked at each other and we laughed. It’s really funny to even think that people in small towns think that all Japanese women are geishas (hey, don’t get a wrong idea and buy an airplane ticket to go to Japan tomorrow!) and there are samurais still living in Japan. But, to be honest with you, before I moved to the U.S., I thought all American people are like the ones I see in Hollywood movies.
When I lived in Japan, I didn’t give so much thought to geishas. Geishas are very foreign even to us, the Japanese. I remember: my family and I were watching a documentary about geishas on TV, I said to my parents that I wanted to be a geisha because they were pretty, and my mom got upset.
Geishas live in a certain area in Kyoto. Unless you live there, you don’t see them and I haven’t seen them in person. After I started living abroad, I started hearing about geishas more (even Halloween costumes for kids!) and people have asked me about them, too.
Sometimes people tell me that they heard that Asian women are submissive. I can’t speak for other Asian women because I don’t know so much about them. Japanese are more liberal, so it makes a difference. But, is it true? Are we submissive? I don’t think so. Most Japanese women I have met in the U.S. don’t give me that impression. They are working hard to support their family in a foreign country still they are very cheerful and friendly.
http://injapan.gaijinpot.com/2011/10/10/a-myth-of-japanese-women-are-we-really-geisha/


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Day 1317 ( Head Teacher for a Day )
Thursday, October 27 2011

So there are about 150 English teachers with the Yokohama branch of my company. The parent company is known as Selnate. But the main company under selnate is known as interac. The Yokohama branch which I work for is known as Maxceed. There is however a little trick involved in all of this. ( Actually I shouldn't be writing about my company but I will let it stay and if they have a problem with it I will take it down).

So yes there is a little trick involved. The Yokohama branch that deals with elementary schools (That I work with) is known as Maxceed. But the Junior high school section is known as Interac Yokohama. It is the same staff, the same phone number for both the same office, basically everything is the same, except the name. I heard it has something to do with dodging tax and excessive payments but whatever. I have a job with them and it pays the bills.

Anyway, as I said earlier, there are about 150 English teachers (I think) with Maxceed (The elementary section). They split us up into groups of about 7-10. Each group has a head teacher. I was asked by the head teacher of my group, if I could monitor the group for him Today. He asked me because He has to leave Japan for a bit. I was a bit hesitant at first but hey, this can only help me to develop as a teacher and as a person. So I did it. I think it went pretty well overall.

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Day 1318 ( Got My iphone 4s / Halloween Party )
Friday, October 28, 2011

While in my apartment yesterday, I got a call from softbank (a mobile service provider in Japan) saying my white iphone 4s, 64GB was ready. So I went to collect it after work today. I had to wait for over a hour though. I also need to order some accessories for it like a case and a screen protector.

After picking up my new phone, I went back to my apartment then to an area in Tokyo name Akasaka, to go to my first ever Halloween party in Japan. It was organized by teacher-student.com, the company that gets me evening students. The party was ok but the place where it was held was a bit small.

















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Day 1319
Saturday, October 29, 2011

Went to Yokosuka today, where the US navy has a base. Surprisingly, this is only 4 train stops away from where I live, but I have never been there before. In Yokosuka, there are foreigners galore. Young, old and in between. Also quite a few half Japanese are there as well. I went to a restaurant there and the food was great!!!

There is still kind of a weird feeling here though. I think because most of the Japanese in the area will automatically think that I am in the US-Navy. And they have a bad reputation in Japan.



There were some Halloween concert things going on with some Japanese kids dancing to hip-hop music. Also some dogs dressed in Halloween costumes (Check out Super dog). I should visit this place more often, the people still stare but not as much as where I live now.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Visiting Temples and Shrines in Kyoto




Day 1306 (SamSung Suing Apple)
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Went to church then back to my apartment to do some reading.
I finally ended Assassin's creed 2.

So Samsung is suing Apple to try get them to halt selling the Iphone 4s. I wonder if that has anything to do with why I still can't receive my phone after a week of ordering it.


Samsung Electronics Co. filed suits against Apple Inc. in Japan and Australia to stop sales of iPhone 4S, adding to similar complaints in France and Italy.
Injunctions against the sale of iPad2 and the previous generation iPhone 4 in Japan were also sought, the Suwon, South Korea-based company, said in a statement Monday. Samsung cited one telecommunications and three user-interface patents in the Japan case, and three covering wireless communications technologies for the Australia suit.
Monday's filing escalates the legal battle between the world's two biggest makers of smartphones and tablet computers.
An Australian court last week ruled to block the sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, while the South Korean technology company filed motions in Europe to prevent sales of Apple's latest handset.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111018n3.html

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Day 1307
Monday, October 17, 2011

Nothing special today. Just came back from work with a headache.

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Day 1308 ( New Student / 19 yo kill 44 yo girlfriend )
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Someone interested in learning English looked at my profile and decided to sign up and learn English with me. The person in charge of getting the students told me that I have to do a trial lesson first, then the student will decide if they want to use me or not.

So I did the free trial lesson this evening and it was a success. My first actual lesson will be this Friday.


19 year old kill 44 year old girlfriend


A 19-year-old male was arrested for stabbing his 44-year-old girlfriend to death in a west Tokyo park Monday, claiming he wanted to "rescue" her from an illness she was suffering from, police said.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, they received an emergency call from the boy after noon Monday that he had stabbed his girlfriend in her stomach at her request in Koganei Park.
Police officers rushed to the scene and found Keiko Nitto laying face up on the ground, they said. Nitto, who lives near the park, was confirmed dead at a hospital later in the day.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111019a9.html

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Day 1309 (Toilet Bike)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Normal work day. Nothing special.

The toilet bike


Toilet Bike Neo, a three-wheeled motorcycle with a toiletlike seat, is not a "poop-powered bike" as reported by Huffingtonpost and other English-language websites, toilet maker Toto Ltd. said.
News photo
Loo rider: The Toilet Bike Neo runs on biogas. TOTO LTD.

Toilet Bike Neo, the sole purpose of which is to advertise Toto's environmental activities, is powered by biogas fuel made from livestock waste and household wastewater. The trike carries two tanks containing biogas behind a toilet lid.

However, a rider sits on the pottylike seat, which may have misled online journalists and bloggers.
"Lots of English websites wrote misleading articles," Toto spokesman Takuji Yano said.
Headlines on online news websites include "Poop-Powered Bike: TOTO Releases Motorbike Toilet That Runs On Feces" and "Japanese toilet company creates poop-powered bike" and "Toto Toilet Bike Neo, powered by poop, will tour Japan."


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Day 1310 ( Wrong topic / 3 Year 7 Months )
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Initially at my school today, the English coordinator would kindly put the topics that I should teach to each grade. Recently I noticed that she neither put the topic nor do the other teachers meet with me to tell me what's the next topic. The only information I get is what grade and the time that I should teach that grade.

So I ended up teaching the wrong thing to one class. It was afterwards I decided to ask the teachers what should I do.... According to the ministry of Education in Japan, we shouldn't really communicate with the teachers. Unless they want to communicate with us. I am not sure how this will work but I am trying my best, and this is what the result is like.... teaching wrong topics because of lack of communication.

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Day 1311 ( Evening Student / Going to Kyoto )
Friday, October 21, 2011

Had my evening conversation lesson today with my new student. He likes reggae music and seem to be well informed about the Jamaican culture. I am guessing that is why he chose me to be his teacher.

The lesson was to start at 6:30 pm at a Starbucks in Yokohama. But when we met at the starbucks, it was too full, so we went to a restaurant. I went with the intention to teach him about hobbies but we ended up talking about his job, about clubs and a hold host of other unrelated stuff. But it was an interesting conversation. We ended up staying at the restaurant until about 10:30pm when it was almost time for me to go and get the bus to go to Kyoto.

He paid me for the talking, because that wasn't really a lesson. Then I headed out to take the bus. The bus was 30 mins late because of rain and traffic.

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Day 1312 ( Shrines in Kyoto )
Saturday, October 22, 2011

Met my friend at the bus stop in Kyoto this morning. We then visited 2 famous shrines in Kyoto. One is Heian Jinguu ( Heian is the old name of Kyoto )...

The other one is Fukimi Inari Taisha.


This is the Heian Jinguu
































This is Fushimi Inari Taisha

It has over 1000 of those orange gate thingys...



























Oh and it is protected by a fox statue with a knife in its mouth.










Sunday, October 16, 2011

Iphone 4s Debut / Jamaican Singer on Japanese TV


Days 1299 - 1305

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - Saturday, October 15, 2011

This week was sort of boring and tiring also.


Day 1299 { Dexter Season 6 }
Sunday, October 9, 2011

Went to church today, then watched the first episode of Dexter season 6.

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Day 1300 { Jamaican on Japanese TV }
Monday, October 10, 2011

Today was another Japanese holiday, so I stayed in all day and
watched the second episode of Dexter today. Also saw a Jamaican singing Japanese songs on Japanese TV....

This is what I recorded ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFdvQlAWG5s

She came in second overall.


This is what someone else recorded.... It has more information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CGnPOB2SRis#!

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Day 1301 ( Japan bailing out EU countries )
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Had only 2 classes today at my main school. I waited until about 3pm but all the teachers seem busy doing their own thing so I left.


Bailing out EU countries

Can you believe that Japan in trying to help out EU countries like Spain and Greece, has given over 3 Trillion yen???? Thats equivalent to 38 Billion US dollars. This is a rich country, but has the biggest public debt in the entire world...



Ten major Japanese financial institutions have a combined exposure of around ¥3 trillion in the form of investments and loans to Greece and four other financially troubled European countries, according to survey findings compiled by Kyodo News on Friday.
While none of the institutions own government bonds issued by Greece in the midst of a deepening sovereign debt crisis, Italian government bonds account for a large portion of their exposure to the five countries, also including Portugal, Ireland and Spain, the survey found.
Of Japan's three biggest banking groups, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. has the largest investment and loan balance, of ¥1.5 trillion, including ¥350 billion worth of Italian and Spanish government bonds.


http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nb20111015a8.html

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Day 1302 { Exhausted}
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I was exhausted after my third class today. I actually felt as if I was going to faint. The English supporter saw it on my face and asked me afterwards if I was fine. I reassured her that I was ok.

I wonder if it is because of my bad habit of simply grabbing a bread, sipping some orange juice, taking a quick bath then running out of the apartment to catch the train almost every morning, which is causing this exhaustion?? Sometimes I skip any one, two or three of those steps depending on the time I get up. I am simply not a morning person and I can't help it.

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Day 1303
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Had my evening conversation student after work today. We spoke mostly about getting the iphone 4s which will be released tomorrow. We also spoke about the Jamaican school system as well as my family and her family.

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Day 1304 ( iphone 4s debut in Japan )

Friday, October 14, 2011

I went to the dentist after work today to clean and to get a plaster model of my teeth. Shortly after, I went to a softbank shop, which is one of the cell phone companies in Japan, to order an iphone 4s. They said as soon as they have them in stock, they will give me a call.

I then had dinner at a restaurant nearby my apartment.



iphone 4s debut



Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone model debuted Friday in the domestic market, and for the first time it is being sold by two rival carriers, a move expected to heat up the cellphone competition.
Softbank Corp., which has been the sole iPhone agent for the last three years, and newcomer KDDI Corp. both bragged about their strengths to customers. In short, Softbank stressed experience and KDDI boasted connectivity.
Hundreds of frenzied consumers lined up at many shops across the nation to purchase the new iPhone 4S.
KDDI, the nation's second-biggest carrier in terms of subscriber numbers, joined the festive mood of the launch by providing the product from its au brand, breaking Softbank's dominance in selling Apple's popular handsets in Japan.

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Day 1305 ( Green Lantern )
Saturday, October 15, 2011

Another lazy day. I stayed in and watched Green Lantern. I honestly thought it was going to be a waste of time, but it was surprisingly good. I give it 6.5/10.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Iphone 4s / Top Brands / RIP Steve Jobs /Vibez Kartel Gone Jail


Days 1292 - 1298

Sunday, October 2, 2011 - Saturday, October 8, 2011



Day 1292 ( Feeling Sick / Got my cards )

Sunday, October 2, 2011


From yesterday I had a sore throat and today it got a little worse. This is the third time I'm getting these cold symptoms since moving to Yokohama. 3 times in 6 months. In Niimi, Okayama it was only once or twice in a whole year. I am guessing its because I have to deal with more kids here, plus people on the train. So the chances of getting any sickness is 30 times more in the city.

I received my travel mileage cards for all star alliance flights as well as one world alliance flights. So now whenever I travel, I can get pint towards me traveling again.










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Day 1293 ( Late for Class/Sneezing )

Monday, October 3, 2011

In the mornings I use 2 alarms to wake me up. My phone starts it off, with an alarm that sounds like somewhere is going to explode and I need to get the heck up. Then followed by my clock which is a regular annoying alarm.

I normally turn off the phone alarm when it goes off, go back to sleep a bit, then wait on the annoying clock alarm. I do this every single morning since I am in Yokohama and it works perfectly. This system has never failed me before...... Exception today.

The phone alarm went off, I turned it off and went back to sleep. The next thing I heard was my cell phone ringing. The vice principal at my main school called and asked if I am not going to work. I jumped up, looked at the time, and it was already 8:35 am. Meaning it was already 5 mins in the first period of class. I apologized and told him I would be there a bit late, and that I got the schedules confused.

I didn't even take a bath, nor did I eat anything. I just put on my clothes and ran out of the apartment. I got there exactly 30 mins after he called. When I got there, they were surprised how I got there so quickly and I apologized again. This has never happened to me before in all my 3 and a half years. I might be late for work but never late for a class. The reason why the clock alarm didn't go off was because the day before, I had set it to wake me up at 10 am, but I forgot to change it back to 7 am.

Sneezing

After work, I started sneezing none stop. I sneezed like 7 times within a minute. So before this thing gets any worse, I shall be heading for the doctor tomorrow.



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Day 1294 ( Dr. Visit / Kartel Gone Jail )

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This morning some yellow stuff was coming from my nose and my mouth. Some serious mucous. So after work I ran to the doctor. I got antibiotics as well as some other tablets to clear up my throat and my nasal area.


Kartel gone to jail

One of the most famous singers in Jamaica is gone to jail.

Vybz Kartel was arrested on September 30 and faces charges of conspiracy to murder, illegal possession of firearm and murder. The deejay was also slapped with a ganja possession charge after a quantity of the drug was found when he was picked up by police at a New Kingston hotel while in the company of three other persons, including a female.http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20111009/news/news1.html

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Day 1295 ( RIP Steve Jobs )

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Everyone in the world with a computer should know by now that Steve Jobs, the inventor of mac computers, ipod, iphone and ipad died today.

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56. Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," the company said in a brief statement. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve" Jobs had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — before resigning as CEO six weeks ago. Jobs became Apple's chairman and handed the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook. The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone, just one in a procession of devices that shaped technology and society while Jobs was running the company. Jobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976, was forced out a decade later and returned in 1997 to rescue the company. During his second stint, it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world with a market value of $351 billion. Only Exxon Mobil, which makes it money extracting and refining oil instead of ideas, is worth more.

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Day 1296 (False Alarm/iphone 4s)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Today while teaching, the fire alarm went off. The kids and the teachers were in a frenzy. I was wondering what the heck was going on. When the class was over, we saw persons in the staff room touching up some buttons to try turning off the alarm. It stopped for a while then started back again. Until finally after about 15 mins, it fully stopped.






iphone 4s


I am planning to definitely get the iphone 4s as soon as my 2 year contract is up on my current iphone 3g. The only problem is that I will be locked in another 2 year contract with this iphone 4s. By that time, maybe there is iphone 4si or iphone 5.


The new iPhone is faster, has a better camera and allows you to sync content without needing a computer. It includes a futuristic, voice-activated service that responds to spoken commands and questions such as "Do I need an umbrella today?" It will now be available to Sprint customers as well as those from AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
But there is a catch. Apple named it 4S when most people were expecting the iPhone 5. Immediately, tech bloggers and Apple fans alike began to wonder if this new iPhone was not as cool as they had hoped. Investors were disappointed, too. Apple's stock fell more than 5 percent before getting a late bump.
If Tuesday's unveiling seemed like a letdown, it was because Apple did not do a good job of managing expectations. That's a familiar problem for Apple, whose penchant for secrecy invites hyperbolic speculation between product announcements. Given that it had been 16 months since the previous iPhone hit the market, imaginations had even more time to run wild this time.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nb20111006a2.html

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Day 1297 ( Top international Brands )

Friday, October 7, 2011

The 2011 Top Brands are out... It is no surprise that the top 10 companies are all from the USA. Number 1 being Coca Cola. Toyota was 11th and the top Japanese company. Honda was number 19...











You can see the full list here

http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/best-global-brands-2008/best-global-brands-2011.aspx

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Day 1298

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Nothing special happened today except I got a point card for the convenience store that is nearest to my apartment. The name is Family mart. So if I buy stuff there regular enough (and I do) I can get points towards my purchases and can be used like cash.





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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jamaican and Japanese Couples

Days 1285 - 1291
Sunday, September 25, 2011 - Saturday, October 1, 2011



Day 1285 ( Jamaipanese going Going Home / )
Sunday, September 25, 2011

My blogger friend is heading back to Jamaica today, so I followed him to the station. We were running late but luckily he caught the train to the airport just on time. That was pretty much my excitement for the day. The coming days are going to be a bit boring, just work and more work.








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Day 1286 (Jamaican - Japanese Couple )
Monday, September 26, 2011

Went to work like normal today, got to my apartment and did Bible study with my friends in Niimi via Skype.

Jamaican / Japanese couple

There are a couple of Jamaican/Japanese couples here in Japan. Especially in Tokyo. HEre is one of the stories published in the press.


Yukiko Ariga, 39, a Tokyo native, visited Jamaica, where her friend was living, twice on holiday because she loved reggae music. Eventually, she decided that she wanted to do something different in her life, so she went to live and work in the Caribbean nation in 1998.
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Family portrait: Yukiko Ariga and her husband, Gregory Arnold, sit with their three children (from left) Mio, Eugene and Chika in their apartment in west Tokyo. MAMI MARUKO PHOTO
She worked as a secretary at Jamaica UCC Blue Mountain Coffee Co., where she met her future husband, Gregory Arnold, from St. Andrew, who was a sales manager there.
On the first day at her new job, the first phone call she received was coincidentally from Gregory. They met face to face for the first time on Yukiko's birthday, and worked together on a team arranging the visit to Jamaica of the president of the Japanese parent company. They became closer, started dating and got married after 1½ years.
Later, due to problems at the workplace, Yukiko quit the company and Gregory quit a couple of months later. The couple came to Japan in 2000 and searched for a job and a place to live.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20110927mm.html#.ToXYi9UJUDY.facebook

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Day 1287
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My plastic retainers are slowly cracking up. So I queried the price for building a new set in Yokohama, and it cost like 50,000 yen (US 470). Heck No!!!! So I asked my orthodontist back in Okayama and he said it will cost only 10,000 yen ( US 70). So I will ask them to build a new one.








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Day 1288 ( Jewel thief gets 10 years in prison )
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nothing special happened today. Just a normal to work and back day.


Jewel thief gets 10 years.


A Montenegrin member of the "Pink Panther" international gang of thieves was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday over a 2007 heist in Tokyo involving nearly ¥300 million worth of jewelry.
Rifat Hadziahmetovic, 43, was charged with stealing a ¥200 million diamond tiara and a necklace worth ¥84 million from the Exelco Diamond store in the Ginza district after spraying tear gas at clerks in June 2007.
He was extradited from Spain in August 2010 and indicted in Japan the following month.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20110929b4.html

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Day 1289 ( Meetings Meetings )
Thursday, September 29, 2011

I was exhausted after work today but I still had a meeting with my company. I was actually falling asleep on the train while heading to the meeting. The good thing is that these meetings are quite informative and its always good to see other foreigners around. Meetings are once a month and we are all tired before and after the meetings.

Back in Okayama we had meetings only once every 3 or 4 months. Yeah the city is crazy busy.

We did a brief speed date kind of thing, where each teacher would share for 3 minutes, an activity to teach the kids. Then we would have to change partners and do the same thing.

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Day 1290
Friday September 30, 2011

Today they scrapped one of the classes at my main school, because of Sports Day practice. I am almost never informed when my classes are scrapped or changed at this school. Actually, if this happens, I should report it to my company but for the sake of peace with everyone, I let it slide. It doesn't really inconvenience me in any way, except that I just need to know what is going on.

However, what I don't like is when the teachers come to me at 3:25 to plan for the next lesson, while fully knowing I should leave at 3:30. This happened today, and I ended up leaving at around 3:45. I especially don't like leaving late at this school because they don't want me to leave early even if no one wants to plan anything with me. The other schools allow me to leave early, once I'm through planning with the teachers for the next lesson.

The principal at this school seem very interested in my classes. But instead of him stopping and looking, he walks by, sticks his head in, smiles then continue walking.

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Day 1291

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Stayed in all day today, wasting time playing Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin's Creed 2.

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@BJ - Yeah I can touch buildings from afar .... ^^