My Favourite Places to Visit in Japan

Days 1439 - 1445 
Sunday, February 26 - Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 1439 { More of the Best Japanese Foods / Travel to Space Via Elevator by 2050 }
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Went to church today with my friend. Then we went to a flea market where I saw several of my students and a teacher at one of my schools. I got a jacket there for really cheap. Like less than US $20.

More of the Best Japanese Foods

I forgot to mention 3 other Japanese Foods that I really enjoy eating.

Number 4 should be Tako Rice 

I actually ate this tasty treat quite a bit while I was living in Niimi, Okayama. I believe it originated in Okinawa. Its rice mixed with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, minced meat and tacos.

My Number 5 should actually be Yaki Soba (焼きそば - Fried noodles)

Its noodles mixed with carrot, cabbage, beef, sometimes shrimp and oysters or whatever else they want to add to it. There are 2 main types. The salted ones and another one that they call "sauce". I prefer the salted one.

And Number 6 should be Gomoku Gohan (Literally means 5 types)

The 5 types that the name is referring to is 5 ingredients which are used to make this dish. There are many variations but it is normal done with small pieces of chicken, bamboo shoots, carrot and some sort of mushroom.

Travel to Space Via Elevator by 2050 

Japanese construction company Obayashi wants to build an elevator to space and transport passengers to a station about a tenth the distance to the moon.

The elevator would use super-strong carbon nanotubes in its cables and could be ready as early as 2050, according to Tokyo-based Obayashi.
The cables would stretch some 60,000 miles, about a quarter the distance to the moon, and would be attached to Earth at a spaceport anchored to the ocean floor. The other end would dangle a counterweight in space.
The elevator would zip along at 125 mph, possibly powered by magnetic linear motors, but would take about a week to get to the station. It would carry up to 30 people.

Up above, the space station would have living quarters and lab facilities. Solar panels connected to the station would generate electricity that would be transmitted to the ground.

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Day 1440 { My Favorite Places to Visit in Japan }
Monday, February 27, 2012

One of my best classes at my main school is a grade 5 class that I had today. The teacher seemed down and  a bit upset today. The class was still fun but the teacher's constant sulking made the class a bit uncomfortable.

My favourite places to visit in Japan

This is a list of my favourite places in Japan.

#5 - Hiroshima

This is a prefecture next to where I lived for three years, Okayama. Yeah they were messed up by the atomic bomb in 1945 but they came back from scratch to be one of the most populated prefectures in Japan. Plus I don't get a lot of stares from people here and they are friendly and actually want to speak to foreigners.

#4 - Okinawa 

Went here December last year and had a great time. The people there stared a bit but the atmosphere reminds me of the  Caribbean. Here is a great place for vacations.

#3 - Fukuoka 

I am not sure if it was just the vibe from the people around me when I took a trip to Fukuoka or it was Fukuoka that created the vibe. But I had a great time there when I went in 2008. The night life was especially wonderfully.

#2 - Tokyo 

A part of the biggest metropolitan area in the world, there are tonnes of stuff to do in Tokyo. Especially at the hot spots like Shibuya, Akihabara, Ebisu, Roppongi, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Akasaka, Asakusa and many more other places that I have never been to or even know about. Museums, game centers, clubs, people and tall buildings everywhere.

#1 - Sannomiya/Kobe, Hyogo

Aside from the fact that quite a few Jamaicans live in this area, there is just this very nice feeling I always get when I go to this area. Not much staring and the people seem quite friendly and willing to help. I was trying to get a job in this area but unfortunately I didn't.



Day 1441 { Good Bye Grade 6 / Hidden Information about Radiation}
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gave a goodbye speech in Japanese to my grade 6 classes today. The best grade 6s I've ever had in my 4th year of teaching in Japan. It wasn't sad or anything.

Hidden Information 

Top ministry officials decided to withhold radiation forecast data from the public four days after the March 11 disasters triggered the nuclear crisis, an internal document shows.

lawmakers serving as top ministry officials and senior bureaucrats decided March 15 to withhold data about the predicted spread of radioactivity, including an assumption that all radioactive material would be discharged from the crippled reactors' cores at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
The prediction of the spread of radioactive substances, compiled through the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI), "could by no means be released to the public," the document, dated March 19, shows.
Asked about the matter, a ministry official denied that senior officials had made a decision on releasing the data and said the contents of the document, an internal memorandum prepared by ministry officials, were inaccurate.
The document states that radioactive clouds could spread from the wrecked nuclear power plant to the Kanto and Tohoku regions, indicating that the ministry had made various estimates about the spread of radioactive substances, including the worst-case scenario.



Day 1442 { Lots of Snow }
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Woke up this morning and saw snow everywhere. I had to walk carefully coming down the stairs and down the mountain. I almost got to work late but I carefully rushed to work. This was the first time I am seeing so much snow in this area since I moved to Yokohama.

Went to Shibuya, Tokyo again after work. There will be that Jamaican "Spring Ting" event where mostly Jamaicans, some Japanese and some other nationals come together and have fun. Last year I went and it was in Osaka but this year it will be in a remote very rural part of Japan known as Fukui. Any way I went to Shibuya to tell the Jamaican guy working at the Jamaican restaurant there about the event.



Day 1443 { Preparation for another Big Earthquake }
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Came from work and gamed away.

More than half of Tokyo's residents are disturbed by the thought of the next Great Kanto Earthquake striking the capital, a police survey showed Thursday.

Some 94.3 percent of Tokyoites polled expressed some form of concern over a disastrous earthquake and tsunami devastating the capital, and 52.5 percent strongly feared such a scenario, according to the survey.

Yokohama Station drill

The first tsunami drill at Yokohama Station was held Thursday morning to prepare for the next megaquake to strike the Kanto region, with 500 people participating.
The Kanagawa Prefectural Government estimates that tsunami as high as 4 meters may smash into the port of Yokohama and flood the prefecture's biggest railway station in the event of such a disaster.
The drill was based on a scenario in which a massive temblor rocks Yokohama and triggers an imminent tsunami at a time when about 20,000 people are in or around the station. Those taking part included police officers, railway employees, and workers at underground shopping malls at or near the station.



Day 1444 { Heading For Kyoto Again }
Friday, March 2, 2012

Bought a printer ink and some other stuff for my apartment after work. Then took the night bus to Kyoto with my friend visiting from China.



Day 1445 { Visiting Around Kyoto }

Arrived at Kyoto at around 6:30 am. Went to Kinkakuji (The golden Pavilion) a famous temple in Kyoto for the second time. Also went to a part of Kyoto called Gion where many Maiko (We think they are called Geisha but they are actually different).

We then visited an Indian restaurant and also a Jamaican bar in the night.