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Friday, December 30, 2011

Last week of Work for 2011


Days 1369 - 1375 ---
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - Saturday, December 24, 2011


Day 1369 ( Where is Jamaica ??? )
Sunday, December 18, 2011

Went to church and performed 2 of my dub poems. One was called "Christmas time" that had some Japanese in it. I wrote it 3 years ago in my first year living in Japan. I also did another one called "Christmas is a good time"...

After church they had a single men gathering at the pastor's house, which is actually upstairs from the church. About 7 of us went. Me, 3 guys from the Philippines, 1 from Nigeria, 1 from Australia and 1 guy from India. We spoke about several things and it was then I realized that after almost 9 months of going to this church, the pastor's wife who is also a pastor, hardly knew who I was.

I was speaking about Jamaica for a bit. Then she suddenly said, "where in Nigeria are you from ?" So the pastor and I was trying to explain to her that "no" I am from Jamaica not Nigeria. Then she proceeded "Where in Africa is Jamaica?" Then we again had to explain to her that Jamaica was closer to America than to Africa. When we thought she finally got it, she said "Oh that means you are from America!!!!" ... After about 5 mins of explaining she got it then apologized. I told her that its fine because similar things to that happen to me very often while being here. Asians living in Asia, almost always think that if you are black, then you are from Africa. No where else.

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Day 1370 ( Kim Jong-il Dead )
Monday, December 19, 2011

I got this strange citrus fruit from a teacher at my main school today. Looks like a very small orange. It is called kingu kongu and has a very strong sweet sourish taste.

I wanted to go to karate today after work but felt lazy. I especially wanted to go because my friend who I introduced to karate last year, is now one belt above me since my 9 months holiday from karate...To continue this in Yokohama is too much hassle though.

Kim Jong-il Dead 

This is very late news but the ruler of North Korea, Kim Jong-il is dead. So Japan as well as South Korea are a bit tense.


Kim Jong-il, the second-generation North Korean dictator who defied global condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved, has died at the age of 69, Yonhap News reported.
The South Korean military has been put on emergency alert with their communist neighbour now set to follow Kim Jong-il's son Kim Jong-un, believed to be 27.


The news of the death of  "Dear Leader" was delivered by a weeping announcer in a broadcast at noon local time, Yonhap reported, citing North Korea's official media.
The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the leader ''passed away from a great mental and physical strain'' at 8.30am on Saturday (1030 AEDT Saturday), while on a train for one of his ''field guidance'' tours.
Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in August 2008 and may have also had pancreatic cancer, according to South Korean news reports.  KCNA said Kim died of a ''severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack''. It said an autopsy was performed on Sunday.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/kim-jongil-dead-20111219-1p1sk.html#ixzz1i5HCD1cC



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Day 1371 ( Wine shop )
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

After work today I went to a wine shop and a bread shop. Both restaurants are owned by relatives. But I can't take the bread into the wine shop and eat it there for some strange reason.

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Day 1372 (Evening Student's New Car)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My evening student bought a Toyota Crown. He really wanted this car it seem, but it has quite a few faults. He said that the gearbox area had a small fire yesterday. The reason was because it has too many electric stuff going on inside it. colourful lights, a camera to see in front and behind, plus 2 GPS Navigation things inside. So he need to increase the electric power etc.

That is one problem. The car is also insanely low with a huge muffler and huge rims, which make it difficult to turn properly. This also means that he has to turn the car diagonally to go up any slope. And this prefecture is full of slopes.

Anyway, I went there to teach this guy, but he said he didn't get any chance to do his home work. Plus he is not in the mood for any real lesson. He just wants to eat and talk. So he basically drove me around Yokohama area a bit and showed me some bad areas. Then we went to a restaurant, chatted and ate. That was my job, and I got paid for it. He then dropped me home. However where I live is also rigged with slopes. His car got stuck a bit and his muffler scraped the road several times while he was returning.





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Day 1373 ( Bon Enkai/End of year Party / Last Day of Work for 2011 )
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Left work today at about 12 noon. Today was the last work day for me for 2011. I should be heading for Kyoto starting from tonight then to the southern most part of Japan called Okinawa on Saturday.


Okinawa is a set of small islands that were actually an independent nation until 1872 when it was annexed by Japan. But was officially incorporated as a part of Japan in 1879. The islands were actually owned by China also.







Anyway, I went to the end of year party for my main school today. I had to walk with a small suitcase because of me travelling as soon as the party is over. About 40 or more teachers and admin staff were in attendance and it was pretty decent. But it cost like US $130 or 10,000 yen. Too expensive I think. After that, me and a few of the teachers went to another Japanese style bar. We stayed for about 30 mins then I had to rush to catch the night bus and head out to Kyoto.

I slept on the bus quite well, because I was a bit tipsy.


















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Day 1374 (  )
Friday, December 23, 2011

Stayed in Kyoto for the entire day, further preparing for me trip to Okinawa.

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Day 1375 ( Heading to Okinawa islands)
Saturday, December 24, 2011

Woke up at about 5:30 am today and headed to Osaka in the blistering cold. I had on gloves but they hardly made a difference. I took a bus and 4 trains to the Kansai Airport in Osaka. Then got on my flight for Okinawa which took 2hrs and 30 mins to Okinawa.

When we landed, I went to a rent-a-car place and got a small car to rent for the 4 days that I will be here. I then drove to a castle initially but it started to rain so I headed back to my first hotel of the trip, name Miyako hotel in Naha, the capital of Okinawa.


The picture below is a view of the hotel. This hotel  was marvelous.

After unpacking at the hotel, I went to a restaurant on a road called "International street" which is like the city center of Okinawa. There had lots of restaurants and random shops of all kind.

This entire 4 days/3 nights trip cost like US $490 / 38,000 yen but it included a 2 way trip to Okinawa, a rent-a-car and 3 hotels with break fast.


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@Richard... It is exactly what it sound like... If rain fall, they can't get to jog in the rain, but I should go in the rain to go and teach. However, if there is good whether, they can jog, but I can stay home...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Out with some Jamaicans

Days 1362 - 1368 ---
Sunday, December 11, 2011 - Saturday, December 17, 2011


Day 1362 ( Jamaican Cake and Patties )
Sunday, December 11, 2011

I ordered a Jamaican Christmas/fruit cake and 3 patties from a friend of mine in an area of Japan name Nagoya. I visited her once 3 years ago in summer. I should have received the cake and patties yesterday but somehow I didn't get it. So I called the dispatch company and they said they got it but the box with the patties was partially destroyed. So basically they were afraid to give me the box that was a bit torn.

When I got the stuff, the box wasn't that badly messed up and the patties were quite fine by my estimate.

After I received the stuff, I went to have my favorite food in Japan, yaki tori (chicken on a stick), at a nearby restaurant.





















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Day 1363 ( New Chair / Famous Black man in Japan in Trouble )
Monday, December 12, 2011

I had only 4 classes today and again the principal sent me home. It seem they are finally getting more lenient. Or they realize it was really a waste of time having me sitting there doing nothing and knowing fully well that the other teachers aren't going to say a word to me.

I received my new chair today that I ordered from a company name Nitori on Saturday.



Famous Black man in Japan in Trouble

So there is this somewhat famous black American guy who comes on commercials for a telecommunications company in Japan name Softbank. He is now in a bit of hot water with the police.

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Tokyo police said Monday they have turned over to prosecutors their case against actor/model Dante Carver, 34, a frequent character in Softbank Corp.'s mobile phone commercials, for allegedly driving with an invalid international driver's license.
Carver is known as "onii-chan" (elder brother) in the family that hawks its products in the TV commercials.
The police confirmed a Kyodo News report that officers from Meguro Police Station pulled the New Yorker over after he executed an illegal U-turn in Shibuya Ward on July 2. He then presented them with an international driver's license that they determined to be invalid under the Road Traffic Law.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111213a3.html


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Day 1364 
( No Rain No Work / Ostriches Wandering Around Fukushima No go zone )

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My school today had a marathon IN THE COLD!!! They asked me about 3 weeks ago if I wanted to go but I declined because I hate the cold. So they basically put me on standby and said if rain should fall, then I would have classes. But if no rain, then no classes. Luckily there was no rain so I stayed home.

Ostriches Wandering Around Fukushima No go zone


The agriculture ministry is trying to round up more than 10 ostriches that ran off from a farm in the 20-km exclusion zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
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The wayward birds are wandering around evacuated residential areas in the no-go zone.
Officials plan to soon start reassessing the evacuation area and may allow some residents to return home on a permanent basis. To ease their concerns in advance, the ministry started trying to catch the large birds in October, managing to bag two of them so far.
The farm where they came from, located in the town of Okuma, had about 30 ostriches before the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster crippled the nuclear plant.
More than 10 are believed still alive.
The ostriches have been seen by residents when they have been allowed brief visits to their homes.
Ministry officials are trying to catch the birds by luring them with food and then covering their eyes with blinders.


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Day 1365 ( Comfort Women Statue in South Korea  )
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nothing special today. Just went to work and did evening conversation.

Comfort Women statue 

This is going to cause further trouble between Japan and South Korea but South Korea don't seem to care about that. My issue is that, the war is over years now, Japan lost, and as far as I know, they apologized for what they did. Why is the issue still being pressed?

Any way this is how it started....

During the Second World War, 200,000 women between the ages of 11 and 25 were drafted as sex slaves in ‘comfort stations’ where they were victims of coercion, rape and abuse day and night. 

Even after Korean independence, some were left in such stations because of prejudice and neglect by their own government.

Of the 234 registered former comfort women, more than two thrids have already passed away without having their last will fulfilled, which was to see the Japanese government make a sincere apology.



http://www.asianews.it/news-en/%E2%80%9CTreated-worse-than-an-animal%E2%80%9D:-the-%E2%80%98comfort-women%E2%80%99-issue-before-the-United-Nations-22913.html




A monument to South Korean females forced into sexual slavery during the war was set up in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday despite protests by Tokyo.


The so-called Peace Monument was unveiled on the occasion of the 1,000th weekly demonstration by the now-elderly women and their supporters calling for an apology and compensation from the Japanese government.
The protest rally has been held outside the mission every Wednesday since 1992, organized by the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, a group of former sex slaves euphemistically called "comfort women."
The monument, which consists of a statue of a teenage Korean girl in traditional costume and was reportedly erected with about $32,000 worth of donations, will become a permanent protest site.
Five former South Korean comfort women and several hundred supporters attended the rally, with riot police standing guard around the protest site.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111215a5.html




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Day 1366 
( Kancho / Norman Manley Law School Defeats Yale in Debating Competition )
Thursday, December 15, 2011



After work today I went to my final company meeting of 2011. It was the same usual thing where someone gives a presentation and solicit feedback from the persons in the meeting. I made a comment about how getting angry and snapping at the children after being "Kanchoed" ( getting poked in the ass or balls ) can cause some trouble. This is not something we are used to in the west or any other country for that matter. So we may just snap at the children. but when we snap, the child might shut down for the rest of the time we are teaching. We don't really want that either. But it is still better than being poked constantly. They advised us to tell the teacher and let the teacher deal with the student.

After the meeting, I went to a TGIF restaurant along with 3 other Jamaicans and 2 others from the UK. We chatted and had a good time. This was the first in a long while I was meeting up with some Jamaicans and having good food and fun.


Norman Manley Law School Defeats Yale



I learned that the law school in Jamaica ( Norman Manley Law School ) defeated the great Yale in a debate. So I was searching the entire web to find the news. I was specifically searching for foreign based articles with the news. I only found articles from Caribbean based news papers. Maybe the US is not too pleased about it. If you find even one article outside of the Caribbean, please send the link to me.


THE Norman Manley Law School retained its World Human Rights Moot Court title last week, with victory over the famed and highly respected Yale University of the United States in the final held in Pretoria, South Africa.
Last year, Norman Manley, led by top oralist Merrick Watson, a former Kingston College cricketer, beat the world by taking the title over Sydney University of Australia.
WORLD CHAMPS: The victorious Norman Manley Law School World Human Rights Moot Court champions (from left) Love Odih, Leslie Mendez and Jermaine Case.
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Now, the Jamaica-based law school stayed on top of the competition, organised by the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, and the United Nations Office of Human Rights, and which saw three selected law schools from each of the United Nations regions in the semifinal round of the competition.
“I am ecstatic that Norman Manley has once again brought home the World Human Rights title,” said principal of the law school, Professor Stephen Vasciannie.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Norman-Manley-shocks-Yale


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Day 1367
Friday, December 16, 2011

Left work early again then went to a bank to lodge some money. I am planning to visit Jamaica next Summer. And possibly visit China in March/April next year.

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Day 1368 ( Playstation Vita is Out)
Saturday, December 17, 2011

Stayed in most of the day. But briefly went to the convenient store to get a ticket to travel to Kyoto. I am planning to go to the southern most part of Japan known as Okinawa for my winter vacation.

Playstation Vita hits the market in Japan



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Sony's long-awaited PlayStation Vita hits stores in Japan on Saturday, with the company predicting brisk sales of the portable game machine even though its launch has missed much of the holiday shopping season.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President Andrew House told reporters Thursday that prelaunch orders had exceeded the allocation made for those keenest to get their hands on the device "extremely quickly." He declined to reveal numbers.
The PS Vita goes on sale in North America and Europe on Feb. 22.
Enthusiasm for the new machine among gamers could lead to some shortages at first, House said. But he said Sony can handle the load.
"I'm pretty confident . . . that there will not be major challenges in meeting demand, even though there may be short-term," House said.
For the Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment giant, the Vita is the biggest product launch since the PlayStation 3 home console five years ago.
A successful debut would help Sony offset the rest of its struggling business. It projects a loss of more than $1 billion for the fiscal year through next March. That would be its fourth consecutive annual loss.
The next-generation device has a touch-screen interface and motion sensors that Sony hopes will make it a strong successor to the PlayStation Portable. Gamers can connect over cellphone networks and Wi-Fi hot spots, and use GPS location-tracking technology.
The Vita has front and back cameras, a touchscreen in front, a touch pad on the back and two knoblike joysticks. The handheld will also allow gamers to play against each other using PlayStation 3 consoles over the Internet-based PlayStation Network, which was hacked into earlier this year.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111217a3.html

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Very Cold Week

Days 1355 - 1361 ---
Sunday, December 4, 2011 - Saturday, December 10, 2011


Day 1355 ( Friend's New Bike ) 
Sunday, December 4, 2011


Went to church today. I should be performing a Christmas poem there in the next 2 weeks.

My former student and now a friend of mine who is living in Japan visited me today. He bought a 1000cc bike recently and rode it to my apartment. He got lost initially but I went for him on my BICYCLE.






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Day 1356 ( Too Cold )
Monday, December 5, 2011

Today was extremely cold at work. I noticed that the cold and dryness in this area is causing between my fingers to get extra dry and bruised. I didn't have this kind of thing back in country side Japan even though it was really cold there. The cold here is dry and relentless. Maybe you can't see them well but check out the bruises between my fingers caused by the cold here.


I started the final course of my Masters program today.





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Day 1357 ( World's Oldest Dog Dies )
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Nothing special today


World's Oldest Dog Dies


The world's oldest living dog, as recognized by Guinness World Records, has died at its home in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, at the age of 26 years and 9 months, equivalent to more than 125 years in human age, its owner said Tuesday.
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Dog gone: Seen last December, Pusuke, recognized as the world's oldest dog, died Monday in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture. 
Pusuke, a male crossbreed, had been showing a good appetite and kept up with its daily morning and evening strolls until Monday morning, when it suddenly refused to eat and appeared to have difficulty breathing, owner Yumiko Shinohara said. The pooch died peacefully in the afternoon, about five minutes after Shinohara returned home from running errands.
"I think (Pusuke) waited for me to come home," the 42-year-old housewife said, adding she was grateful for the many good memories the dog brought her over the years.
Pusuke received the Guinness certification last December.



http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111207b3.html


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Day 1358 ( Too Tired After Work / 16 Year Old Boy Stabs Random Girl )
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

After work today, I dragged myself home because I was exhausted after teaching. I also feel like I am catching the cold AGAIN!!!! I was suppose to have evening lesson but I was thinking to myself that I wanted to cancel. However a little extra money in the pocket while just chatting random stuff is good motivation. So I was thinking that I was going to do the lesson anyway. It so happened that my student said he couldn't make it to class this evening because he had work. That was good news for me.

Boy, 16, held in girl's stabbing attack

Youth says he wanted to kill at random




A 16-year-old boy arrested in the stabbing of a 15-year-old girl in Misato, Saitama Prefecture, has said he did not know the victim and was carrying blades to kill pedestrians at random, the Saitama Prefectural Police said Tuesday.


The boy, a high school student in Misato, was arrested Monday evening on a street for illegally possessing a clasp knife with a 15-cm blade and a hatchet with a 17-cm blade. Police later added the charge of attempted murder after he admitted stabbing the girl Nov. 18.
The youth also indicated he may have been behind the stabbing of an 8-year-old girl in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, last week.
The boy, whose name has been withheld because he is a minor, told police that he stabbed the 15-year-old Saitama girl with a kitchen knife, which he was not carrying at the time of his arrest.
Police found more than 20 blades in the boy's home Monday. They are looking into why the youth apparently had a desire to kill people at random.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111207a2.html


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Day 1359 ( Send me Topics Please )
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Earlier this week I asked my company to ask the English coordinator at my school today about what topics I should teach today (or at least where to look in a particular book that we use for lessons). I didn't really want to do this because I knew what was coming next. But I had no choice. I had no choice because last week I had no idea what to teach, because the information the coordinator gave me was not in the book we normally use. So I took a chance, went to school, then asked a grade 6 teacher what the heck I should teach. He looked up in the air then told me what it was. I searched the English room ( A room where English picture cards a kept ) for pictures relating to the topic I should teach today, but alas, there was none. So I created a similar topic and used the cards that were available.

I decided that this situation ain't gonna happen to me again. However I knew what the result was going to be and I was correct. The English coordinator came to me apologizing like crazy. So I explained to her what happened and told her that the best thing to do is to write the topic on the schedule. She said she will start to do that now and apologized again. Now she is starting to look as if she is afraid of me or something, which I never wanted to happen.


I got a message from my other student today for a lesson. At first I forgot where the meeting place was because I haven't been there in a while. But I eventually found it after asking a few questions.
Because she is pregnant, we spoke about some family stuff and how her parents treated her as a child.


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Day 1360 ( Jamaican Christmas Cake / Crazy Nurse )
Friday, December 9, 2011

Went to work this morning in ice cold rain!!! Eventually the whether got better but it was still cold as ever. I had only 4 classes, then I was falling asleep after lunch time. So I went to wash my face quickly. I started reading one of the books for my course but the principal said to me that I can leave since my classes are over and I already spoke with the teacher for my classes on Monday.

In the evening I got my Jamaican style Christmas cake that I ordered last week. It is kind of sweet but it's good.










Nurse jailed for tearing off toenails



I have never heard of anything like this in my life...



The Kyoto District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 38-year-old assistant nurse to three years in prison for tearing off the big toenails of four patients at a hospital in Kyoto in August.
Akemi Sato "repeated the vicious, relentless act for the selfish purpose of relieving work stress while she was in a position of taking care of patients," presiding Judge Akiyoshi Sasano said.
The prosecution had sought a six-year prison term for Sato, noting she could repeat the offense. The same court gave her a 44-month prison term in 2006 for removing the nails of six patients at another Kyoto hospital in 2004.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20111208b3.html


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Day 1361 ( PSVita )
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Went to purchase a chair with my "friend" today, because the chair in my apartment is killing my back. We went a few other places as well. Like I tested a game on the PSVita that will be released December 17, 2011.

We also saw the wicked looking Nissan Concept car. See picture below.




                                                                         




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Green Technology / One Piece Manga / UK The Worst Place to Live


Days 1348 - 1354 ---
Sunday, November 27, 2011 - Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 1348 ( Walking around Kyoto )
Sunday, November 27, 2011



Bought a neck pillow for my trip back to Yokohama on the bus.

I then followed my friend to a shrine in Kyoto name Kita no tenmangu.

At about 10:45 I took the night bus to head back to Yokohama.












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Day 1349 ( UK The Worst Place to live )
Monday, November 28, 2011

Didn't go to work today so I stayed home and did quite few assignments.


UK the worst place to live

I could't resist myself from commenting on this article. Especially since the UK turned down my visitor's visa application in 2005. I have a couple friends from the UK and some living there now, but since that turn down in 2005, I have no interest whatsoever in visiting the UK. Here is the article.

It's miserable in the UK. That is, of course, if you believe the latest uSwitch quality of life index, which places Britain as the worst place to live in Europe. We have the highest food and diesel prices, the third lowest spent on health as a percentage of GDP, 5.5 fewer days on holiday than the European average and, the second fewest hours of sunshine a year! All of this has left 12% of British people saying they are "seriously considering" emigrating.

But is it really all that bad? Do you feel that the UK is actually the worst place to be in Europe? And whether you do or not, what one single aspect of the country would you change to make living here that little bit more enjoyable?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/29/britain-quality-of-life

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Day 1350 ( Green Technology )
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nothing special happened today.


Green Technology


Japanese carmakers highlighted their latest green technology concept cars during Wednesday's media preview at the Tokyo Motor Show as they bid to lead the global trend toward energy efficiency and reignite interest among young people in automobiles.
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Juiced up: Takanobu Ito, CEO of Honda Motor Co., shows off the company's EV-STER electric concept vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday. YOSHIAKI MIURA
Previously held in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, it is the first motor show in Tokyo in 24 years, and an attempt to steal the spotlight from rival motor shows in Beijing, Shanghai and New Delhi, where car markets are booming.
On display with the new electric vehicles and sports cars were the major carmakers' visions of the future.
"The time when an automaker could focus only on the vehicle is over," Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn told reporters. "Our long-term vision for a clean, connected, mobile society demands the development of both vehicles and infrastructure."
Aside from its ultracompact electric PIVO 3, Nissan also unveiled a smart house that draws power from solar panels as well as the batteries of its LEAF electric vehicle.

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Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn shows off the PIVO 3, a zero-emission concept car, during the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday. The event at Tokyo Big Sight opens to the public Saturday and runs through Dec. 11. YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO



http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20111201a1.html


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Day 1351 ( Interviewing a Pastor )
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ok so finally I will reveal it. I am currently enrolled in a seminary in the US doing an online Masters in Christian Education. I started in about September 2010 and I'm on my final module now. I am aiming to complete it by January or February 2012.

A part of the course is to interview a pastor and ask him to read a 3 page essay that I wrote. So I went to the church after work today to interview the pastor. He made some important point that I jotted down and added to the assignment.

After this I did my evening lesson at TGIF again. My student said he should be buying a new car sometime soon. We spoke about quite a bit of stuff unrelated to the lesson but, it went well.


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Day 1352 ( Happy Birthday to my "friend" / One Piece Sells Record High Manga )
Thursday, December 1, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the beautiful Chiyoko Kenmochi. I sent my "friend" flowers today for her birthday.



One Piece Sells Record High Manga 


When I just got to Japan in 2008, I went on an anime watching spree to help with my boredom. I started with Naruto, then with bleach, watched a few others but they didn't grip me like those 2. One Piece was recommended to me and I watched about 10 episodes back in 2008 then stopped because I thought it was boring. But my friend from England living in Niimi, started watching it and said it was actually good. So to beat boredom again, I started watching One Piece when I moved to Yokohama. Bleach and Naruto were playing a bunch of fillers so I stopped watching them for a while. But I was hooked on One piece.

I recently learnt that this absolutely superb anime sold over 28 million mangas in 2011. I can understand why. It is quite interesting.



The marketing survey firm Oriconreported on Thursday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga set a record for the most volumes of manga sold in one year since Oricon began posting its ranking charts in 2008. During the period of November 22, 2010 to November 20, 2011, One Piece sold 37,996,373 copies.
One Piece also took the top four spots for single manga volumes sold during the same time period. Volume 61 sold 3,382,588 copies, volume 62 sold 3,207,568 copies, volume 63 sold 3,073,175 copies, and volume 64 sold 2,652,700 copies. It is the third year in a row that One Piece volumes have taken the top four spots in that category. These four One Piecevolumes were also the only manga volumes this year to sell more than 2 million copies.
In 2008, One Piece sold 5,956,540 copies, and in 2009, it sold 14,721,241 copies. Last year, it sold 32,343,809 copies.
2011's second best-selling manga series was Naruto with 6,874,840 copies, followed by Blue Exorcist's 5,223,712 copies.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-11-30/one-piece-sells-record-38-million-manga-volumes-in-2011

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Day 1353 ( Exam )
Friday, December 2, 2011


Did the final exam for one of my courses today. This course is called Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management. After this I have a final course to complete then thats it.



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Day 1354 (  )
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Stayed in all day. I spoke to a few of my Jamaican friends in Japan. But that was pretty much it.