Days 1593 - 1599
Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4, 2012
Day 1593 (Mr. and Mrs. Smith)
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Stayed in today and watched Mr. and Mrs. Smith for the second time. I watched it back in 2005 but when I watched it again today it was like the first time I'm watching it. Quite a bit of it I didn't remember.
In the evening I had dinner with my Wednesday night student and his wife at TGIF (Fridays). We spoke about random stuff.
Day 1594 ( Portable I-Phone Charger / Local Train Tickets )
Monday, July 30, 2012
Went to Yokohama station today to purchase some tickets called juuhachi kippu. I bought them last year also. With these tickets, you can take local trains to anywhere in Japan for one day. And one set of tickets is for 11,000 yen / US 140. 1 set equals 5 tickets. So I can travel all over Japan for 5 days. If I don't use all the tickets, I can get a refund.
I also bought a portable charger for my I-phone, because my battery finishes in a jiffy. This portable charger will add about 30 - 40% more battery life. Depending on how much I fool around with the phone.
Day 1595 ( Local Trains To Kyoto / Snoop Dog's Reggae Transformation )
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
My reggae/Jamaica T-shirts are in Yokohama now, but I have to head out for a 9 hours journey to Kyoto this morning. So I called DHL (who should be delivering my stuff) and asked them if they could deliver my package this morning before I leave, but they said they have to sort out stuff first and that won't end until like 3:00 pm. So I have to wait until next week to actually get them.
I then headed out to the train station for my 9 hour journey all by myself. This is the first time I am trying this kind of thing alone in Japan. The train rides are long and boring so I was of course playing around with my phone. And of course my battery started dying very quickly. I took about 7 trains and I eventually got to Kyoto at about 7:00pm.
Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion, readies reggae CD
I don't know for sure but I personally think that Snoop Dog is just trying to get some new fans.
Snoop Dogg says he was "born again" during a visit to Jamaica in January, is changing his name to Snoop Lion and is ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."
The artist known for gangster rap is releasing a reggae album called "Reincarnated" in the fall.
The West Coast rapper held a news conference in New York on Monday. Later he played five songs for a small crowd, including one called "No Guns Allowed." It features his daughter.
The album will be followed with a documentary of the same name. It features him making music and will include some personal elements of his life, a producer of the film said. It will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Day 1596 ( Osaka PL Fireworks Festival )
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Went to Osaka from Kyoto, which is about 45 mins - 1 hour on the train. Then took another train to an area of Osaka known as Tondabayashi City. I went there to attend the biggest fire works festival in all of Japan. Over 600,000 people will gather. It starts at 7:00 pm but because of the massive crowd, people start gathering from as early as 3:00 pm. I got there at about 4:30 pm. While on the way, a group of beautifully dressed males, in lady's apparel were on the train. There was no way to actually know that they were men, until you hear them speak. I am not sure if they did the whole organ transplant thing or not. But they were quite open on the train.
|You would have never guessed|
|Yeah they are all dudes|
The fireworks actually got pushed back by 1 hour because of the rain.
Here is a video of the fireworks:
And some pictures:
|In the streets of Tondabayashi, Osaka|
While going back, I had to bore my way through 600,000 people. But growing up in urban Jamaica, I know how to handle massive crowds. Its even easier in Japan because they will move out of the way as soon as they realize that its a foreigner trying to get pass them. Some random girls were actually following me while I was rushing through the crowd of people.
Day 1597 ( Clubs Shut Down In Osaka )
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Got some souvenirs in Kyoto today for random friends. Then went to a Jamaican restaurant in the downtown part of Kyoto. I have been here a couple of times before. The name is Rub Dub. Met some guys there who were visiting from Finland. One of the guys is starting to grow dread locks.
Police crackdown has the club set up in arms
Day 1598 ( Heading For Niimi, Okayama 2012 )
Friday, August 3, 2012
Its time for the second leg of my journey. From Kyoto to Okayama by myself. If I took the shinkansen (high speed train ) it would have taken only 50 mins from Osaka to Okayama. But we are talking about local train here. So it took over 3 hours. On the way, my portable phone charger fell from my pocket. I heard something fall, but I totally ignored it. I realized when I got on the train at Himeji, that it wasn't in my pocket. The train was scheduled to leave in the next minute or 2, so I just left it there. Going to attempt to get it back when I'm returning to Yokohama on the 14 hour, all local trains trip.
I got to Okayama at about 1:30 pm. Then I bought another portable charger and some reggae towels for my shop attempt.
After the restaurant, we went to a snack/karaoke bar where I saw some more guys who I knew from before. I went back at about 1:30 am.
|The guy on the right owns a stationery shop|
Day 1599 ( Niimi Home Town Festival - Niimi Furusato Matsuri )
Saturday, August 4, 2012
My former landlord took me to his house so that his mother could fit on my Yukata / kimono (Japanese traditional style, special occasion clothes ). After that, I followed him around to get some food, beer, drinks etc. Then we went to the festival. This was my third time going, and it's always fun.
Here is the video for this year
Saw some friends who I haven't seen in over a year. I was really happy to see them. Take a look at the pics.
|Some former students|
|Some persons I used to play darts with|
|Former English teacher in Niimi, Donald|
|New and old J.E.T teachers in Niimi|
|Good friend of mine, former English teacher in Niimi, Chris|
If you can't see me in the dark, you are racist :p
|Good friends of mine, Chris and Peter and|
Vice principal at my former main school
|Former Karate friend Saki|
|Students I taught 3 years ago|
|Students I taught 2 years ago|
|My former land lord's daughter|
|Former main school's Vice principal..|
Coolest VP I've ever met
|Former camera man for my TV show in Niimi|
|Former students from 3 years ago|
I am still surprised at their height
|Green Afro, sipping on some Vitamin water|
|Former students 4 years ago.|
|My dear friend Melissa, spent 2 years in Niimi,|
Took over my show when I was gone, visited Tokyo,
now gone back to the US
|Good friend of mine, Andrew|