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Monday, June 18, 2012

Things I love about Jamaica /私のジャマイカの好きなこと

Days 1544 - 1550
Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2012   

Day 1544 ( French Bakery in Kyoto / Tokyo Most Expensive City )
Sunday, June 10, 2012

Went to a French bakery in Kyoto today with my friend. We had some delicious pastry stuff and tea. We also looked around the area for some sun glasses for the summer sun that is slowly coming out. Some how the nights are still chilly, winter hasn't given up just yet it seem.


Tokyo tops list as most expensive city for expats

Tokyo has officially become the world's most expensive city for expatriates, overtaking the Angolan capital of Luanda, while Osaka has moved up to third place, according to a global survey by consulting firm Mercer LLC.

After Osaka, Singapore at 6 and Hong Kong at 9 were judged the costliest cities in Asia, while Chinese metropolises, including Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, rose on higher prices for goods and the stronger yuan, according to Mercer's 2012 Cost of Living Survey.
"Recent world events, including economic and political upheavals, have affected the rankings for many regions through currency fluctuations, inflation and volatility in accommodation prices," Mercer said Tuesday while unveiling the findings.




Day 1545 ( Things I Love/Miss About Jamaica )
Monday, June 11, 2012

Today was just a normal, tiring day at work.


These are some of the things I love and miss about Jamaica.

Food / Fruits / 食べ物と果物

Just like what I blogged about last week, I really love and miss Jamaican cuisine badly. I also love and miss our fruits like Guineps, June plum, Nesberry etc.


The pictures speak for themselves. We have loads of beautiful beaches but over 80% of Jamaicans can't swim.

Jamaicans Know how To Have Fun/楽しい

Hey Jamaica is by no means a rich country. There are some rich people there, even a billionaire. But most Jamaicans are far from rich. But! We do know how to enjoy ourselves with whatever we have.

Check out this idle video with me and my friends back in year 2000. It was summer holiday, we all had nothing to do, but we were just idly having fun.

Adding to random fun, there are loads of parties anywhere and everywhere. If you are a party goer then you should stop by Jamaica.

Yes this is Jamaica. At a club called Jungle in Negril

For some strange reason, I get a kick out of seeing the average Jamaican male make advances to a girl. These are some of the things they/we may say:


"Hi baby love look here nuh." - "Hey girl could you look this way"

"Hi darlin baby love" --- "Hey pretty girl" (I don't know what is a baby love sorry)

"Darlin yuh have a minit" - "Hey girl could you spare a minute of your time"

"Yuh look nice innuh baby" - "You are looking quite nice"

"Browning!!" - This is basically trying to get the attention of a female who has fear complexion 

"Sexy body" - This speaks for its self

"Gyal yuh roun innuh" - See above

"Nice girl !!" - Also speaks for itself I think

"Pssst" - "Could you look here for a moment"


Again this is the random Jamaican guy. Certainly not all of us do this. Whether I do it or not is irrelevant.... moving along..............

Relaxing / Irie Vibes/くつろぐ

Jamaica is far away from Japan, so not many Japanese go there. But just being in Jamaica makes one feel at home and relaxed. Again, especially at the beaches. In the inner-city area is another story for another blog.

Warm Climate/暖かい

This was recommended by my Japanese friend. You will fully appreciate the temperature in Jamaica after moving to Japan GUARANTEED!!!! ... We tend to complain about the heat a lot but I have learnt to appreciate the Jamaican warmth. Winter in Japan seem as if it doesn't end until mid June, like now. Then it get ridiculously hot, hotter than Jamaica only for 2 months. Then we die in the cold all over again. What am I still doing here????

Fastest Sprinters/たんきょり走者

Any body that doesn't know this, is either living under a rock (like some Japanese actually) or is in denial because of our prominence despite our size.

Reggae Music/

I am guessing that any people from any nation should like the music in their country. But we have some how managed to send reggae across the globe, again being such a small, seemingly insignificant island. I realized truly how massive reggae is on the international scale when I came to Japan and first went to the One Love Festival in May 2009.

Fun Friends and Family/友達と家族

Most people would miss their friends and family while being away in another country. So I am no different where that is concerned. That is of course not the case if someone left their home country because of their family. 

There are of course many more things I miss and love about Jamaica like the nature etc and even just being there, but that's all for now.



Day 1546 ( Jamaican Ambassador To Japan Wants More Integration )
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another boring and tiring day at work.


Jamaican Ambassador To Japan Dreams Of More

Amid all the celebrations taking place in Jamaica in this year of the country's 50th anniversary of Independence, thousands of miles away across the great oceans the Japanese, 'distant relatives' to the islanders, are having their own version of the jubilee.
Over the years, the two countries have developed close ties - most noticeable through the influence of reggae music on the Asians.
The latest celebration, the '2012 One Love Jamaica Festival', held at the Yoyogi Park last month, was the most recent collaborative effort between the Jamaican embassy in Japan and a local Japanese planning committee.
The event was a huge success. It was the best ambassador of Jamaica to Japan, Her Excellency Claudia Cecile Barnes, has attended.
"I can say this is my fourth festival and, for me, it has been the best because this year we had the full collaboration from the Jamaican community in Japan. Usually, they collaborate, but this year being the 50th anniversary of our Independence, they were fully on board," she said.
Barnes believes that events of this nature are critical in Japan as the bond that the two countries has formed is a strong one. With the festival they are allowed to strengthen that bond, experiencing first-hand Jamaicans living in Japan who are showcasing authentic Jamaican culture.
"Geographically we are far, but the music has helped to create that bond between us. There are many aspects of our culture that they don't understand and I think this festival brings us closer. They get a chance to hear our music through the electronic media and now they get to see our culture alive being offered by Jamaicans," she said.




Day 1547 ( Japan Refuse to Part with the Fax Machine )
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

At my evening class today, we spoke about my trip to Kyoto and about surgical procedures that we experienced in the past.


The fax of life: Japan refuses to part with aging device

In Japan's businesses and bureaucracies, in home offices and hulking companies, the fax machine is thriving.Yes, the clunky device has fallen out of favor in much of the world. But it is humming here.
Japanese still fax party invitations, bank documents and shopping orders. Business people call the fax a required communications tool, used for vital messages, often in place of email. In the early hours of last year's nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, operators informed the government of an emergency seawater injection by dialing up Tokyo and sending a fax.
Japan's continued fax devotion may be an endearing quirk, what with the country's reputation as a high-tech playground, all bright lights and flawless trains and chirping micro devices. But it may also represent a deeper sign of the nation's inability to change and to accommodate global standards, even as it cedes economic ground to rivals such as China and South Korea.
"It goes back to the famous theory that there are two Japans," said Serkan Toto, a Tokyo-based consultant for Internet, mobile and social-gaming companies. "One is very efficient and highly productive. The other is where things are very slow and there's barely any innovation. Information technology is in that second basket."
With their traditional reverence for paper and handwriting, the Japanese still see use for the analog world. Computer use lags behind that in other developed countries. Business meetings revolve around printed documents, distributed in binders of breathtaking heft. And at government ministries, fax machines spin and whir, the centerpieces of a busy bureaucracy.
What other device spits out a confirmation notice declaring its success?
"It's reliable," said Toyoko Yoshino, owner of a real estate company an hour outside Tokyo. She uses the fax machine almost daily, she said, because she trusts it.




Day 1548 ( YMCA Drinking Party / Japan Falls 5th in Peace Rankings )
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Had 5 classes today and the last one ended at 3:05 pm. I was soooo tired afterwards. However, I went back to my apartment briefly then to a nomikai (drinking party) with some of the people from the YMCA. You could see the clear difference between the open minded Japanese and the ones who were kind of.... Well .... Acting very Japanese if you catch my drift. Most of them were open minded though, so that was good.


Japan falls to fifth in peace ranking

Japan placed fifth in national "peacefulness" in 2012, down from third the previous year, in annual rankings released Tuesday by a Sydney-based nonprofit research organization.

It ranked Iceland at the top, and Somalia was last.
Syria saw the sharpest fall among the 158 countries covered in the survey, diving to 147th from 116th, with armed violence intensifying recently, the Institute for Economics and Peace said.
The institute's Global Peace Index ranks nations according to their "absence of violence" in 23 factors, including the number and degrees of external and internal conflicts, relations with neighboring countries, the level of violent crime, political instability and the percentage of displaced people.
Overall peacefulness in the world improved in 2012 after deteriorating the preceding two years as fiscal austerity has forced many countries to cut back on defense spending, it said.
Japan's ranking moved down as it enhanced its missile defenses against North Korea's nuclear threat and relaxed conditions for arms exports, it said.



Day 1549 ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo )
Friday, June 15, 2012

My main school is killing me with 6 lesson per day classes. So naturally I was exhausted after work today. But, I had to run to the YMCA again for my now Friday evening classes with grade 6 kids and sometimes a Junior high school kid. Luckily this is only 45 mins and ends at 6:00 pm if its the grade 6ers only. If I have the Jr. High student, then it ends at 8pm. Today it was only the  grade 6ers.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

After classes I went back and watched a movie called "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo". It was a great suspense movie if you like that kind of stuff. I kept wanting to know what's next. That was until the rigors of the week started taking effect. So I started to fall asleep even though the movie was quite interesting. I still don't quite get the ending....It had room for more to happen. I give it a 6/10.


Yakuza Boss on 1.5 Billion yen / US$19 Million Bail

The No. 2 man in the Yamaguchi-gumi, the top yakuza syndicate, will be released on ¥1.5 billion bail during his extortion trial, court officials said Tuesday.

The Kyoto District Court made the decision on Kiyoshi Takayama, 64, head of Nagoya-based Kodo-kai, a key component of the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi, who has been in detention since he was arrested in November 2010 on suspicion of extorting some ¥40 million from a contractor.
Takayama, who was indicted in December 2010, has been hospitalized due to poor health after being put in the Kyoto Detention House. He was also hospitalized between last July and October to receive medical treatment.




Day 1550 (  )
Saturday, June 17, 2012

Finished reading an excellent book by Baye McNeil (Aka Loco) entitled "Hi! My name is Loco and I am Racist" ... Started reading it since about April (Yeah I read very slow because I lack concentrating skills). This book made me almost shed tears and it made me laugh so hard at times. I could so identify with so many of the things he wrote about in the book as a black male living in Yokohama, Japan. I experienced quite a few of the same things he did. Basically at the end of the day, we are all racists, in some way or another, no matter how slight it may be.


Niki said...

Re: dragon tattoo she started to fall for him and it was about an 8 for me, i love the suspense. you need to also remember it's trilogy. if ur a reader u can read the books and see how it measures up. it will definitely be better than the movies though

davay colly said...

Thanks for the comment Nikole. I never knew it was a series. Is there part 2 and 3 for the movies?

zRö TöLéRàNçE said...

Dragon Tattoo deserve an 8 Dave - obviously you were sleeping. The movie way better than a 6.

The other movies have not yet been released. The movie you watched is the American remake (or rendition) of the Swedish film. One of my friends hasn't watched the American version cause she is biased towards European film producers/directors so she says it can't be as good but it is just as good. The full trilogy has been released in Sweden already (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_with_the_Dragon_Tattoo)