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Monday, August 27, 2012

The End Of Japan Summer 2012 (~_~;)


Days 1614 - 1620
Sunday, August 19 - August 25, 2012 


Day 1614 
Sunday, August 19, 2012

( Jamaicans <and friends>In Japan Link Up ... After Olympics Celebration
( Dark Knight Rises )
( China Hates Japan Even More )


Jamaicans <and friends>In Japan Link Up ( After Olympics Celebration )

Went to an area of Tokyo today name Meguro. The specific area in Meguro I went is called Chouja maru literally translated "Millionaire circle". Only diplomats and big wigs live here. And guess what? A Jamaican actually lives here.



About 17 of us showed up (Not all Jamaicans) but they all had Jamaican spirits .... We chatted ( of course) and ate some reallly great stuff. For the first or second time in Japan, I ate jerk chicken and jerk pork that tasted exactly like what we have in Jamaica. Quite authentic, but prepared by a Japanese at a Jamaican restaurant in Ebisu, Tokyo. I have never been to that restaurant, but I plan to go there soon.

The 2 on the right were born in Jamaica but went to primary school
upwards in Japan 

Please no comments

We also watched replays of Jamaica's Golden moments at the London 2012 Olympics. And we were still screaming and getting all excited as if it was live. We remembered it wasn't live when someone shouted "replay dat fi mi nuh" ..... "Hit the replay button please"

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Dark Knight Rises

Watched the Dark Knight Rises today and honestly I wasn't expecting much of it. That's because of the hype that surrounded the last one (The Dark Knight), then I was a bit disappointed after seeing it. Also, after watching the Avengers, I thought no movie this summer could possibly get me excited until next year. But actually, the Dark Knight Rises was worth it. The plot, the story the acting, the star studded cast all delivered. Still wasn't as good as the Avengers but it was a good watch. The gigantic twist near the end also added to it. I give it a 8.5/10 



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Chinese stage anti-Japan rallies over Senkakus


I cant give an opinion on this one, because I really have no idea whose land it is. But I think that China is just messing around with Japan, because everybody knows by now that Japan won't do a thing except complain. China knows they can only mess around with certain countries like this.



The arrest and deportation of the Chinese nationals who landed on one of the remote Senkaku islets last week sparked anti-Japanese demonstrations and rallies in major cities across China on Sunday as the two traded barbs over territorial shenanigans in the East China Sea.
The Chinese landing on the Japan-controlled islets was followed the same day by a Japanese landing that the Japan Coast Guard did little to deter.
Protests in Shenzhen and Hangzhou, eastern China, turned violent as protesters burned Japanese flags and vandalized Japanese restaurants and vehicles.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry lodged a strong protest with Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa on Sunday over the landing and asked Japan "to stop actions that undermine China's territorial sovereignty," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said.
Niwa rejected the protest and repeated that the Senkakus are Japanese territory. He urged China to ensure the safety of Japanese residents, the Japanese Embassy said.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120820a4.html

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Day 1615 ( Japanese Reporter Killed In Syria )
Monday, August 20, 2012 ( 4 Years / 5 Months )


Nothing much today... My portable I-phone battery charger made my phone started acting strange. It wasn't dialing, receiving calls or anything at all. It just froze.  


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Award-winning Mika Yamamoto gunned down

Syrian strife claims noted Japan reporter



Mika Yamamoto, an award-winning veteran journalist, has been killed during a clash in Aleppo in northern Syria, where rebels and forces loyal to the Syrian government have been fighting.


The Foreign Ministry in Tokyo confirmed her death Tuesday morning.
Yamamoto, 45, was killed Monday while she was covering violence in the region together with freelance journalist Kazutaka Sato, who reported Yamamoto's death to the ministry.
Sato told a Japanese TV station that a group dressed in camouflage gear approached Yamamoto and other journalists, who were from many countries, and suddenly opened fire from a range of 20 to 30 meters.
"I told her to run. It could have been less than 20 or 30 meters" between Yamamoto and the attackers, Sato told NTV.
The gunfire prompted the other journalists to scatter, according to Sato.
Like Sato, Yamamoto belonged to the Tokyo-based independent media group The Japan Press, providing news from Syria for NTV.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120822a1.html

Japanese journalist Kazutaka Sato said Tuesday he and his partner, Mika Yamamoto, saw Syrian Air Force fighter jets bombing the northern city of Aleppo the previous day, shortly before Yamamoto was gunned down.


"It was the first time that I witnessed fighter jets divebombing the center of a city," the 56-year-old journalist told reporters in Kilis, southern Turkey, a day Yamamoto, 45, was killed while covering the civil war in Syria. "This is what a state is doing against its citizens.
"It was a sight that I had never experienced earlier," he said. "I was shaking from the pit of my stomach."
Sato added, "I was surprised to see such immense violence (by government forces)."
Yamamoto's video camera, found after the shooting, showed footage capturing what appeared to be government troops approaching her, but the screen went blank the moment she was shot and her voice was not included in the sound recorded in the video, Sato said.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120823a7.html


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Day 1616 ( Apple / Samsung Battle Coming to a Closure )
Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Nothing much today either.


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Epic Patent Trial Over IPhone Technology Wraps Up




After three weeks of listening to technology experts, patent professionals and company executives debate the complicated legal claims of Apple Corp and Samsung Electronics Company, a jury of nine men and women is set to decide one of the biggest technology disputes in history.


Apple is demanding Samsung pay it US$2.5 billion and pull its most popular smartphones and computer tablets from the US market after accusing the South Korean company of "ripping off" its iPhone and iPadtechnology.
Samsung, in turn, is demanding Apple pay it US$399 million for allegedly using Samsung's technology without proper payments in making the iconic iPhone and iPad.
Apple's damages demands, if awarded, would represent the largest patent verdict in the US.
An appeals court last year overturned the largest award to date, a US$1.8 billion judgment against pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories.
Apple and Samsung are the top-selling smartphone makers and combined account for more than half of global smartphone sales.
Barring a last-minute settlement, jurors are scheduled to hear the duelling companies' lawyers deliver closing arguments Tuesday in the San Jose federal courtroom.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120822/business/business92.html


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Day 1617 ( Space Debris Monitoring )
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Finally made my i-phone work again by repeatedly pressing the home button and the power button  and also plugging the portable charger in and out. 

Played a bit of Modern Warfare 2. @Richard, I won't stop playing until I prestige at level 10. Even if it takes 5 more years !!!!


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Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate on monitoring of space debris



Japan and the U.S. have agreed to share data and strengthen the monitoring of space debris to avoid collisions with satellites and other objects in space, sources said Wednesday.





The agreement comes as the amount of space debris, including unused satellites and their fragments, is believed to total more than 500,000 items, the sources said. The debris poses a danger to working satellites and the safety of astronauts at the International Space Station.
Orbiting the Earth at speeds of up to 8 km per second, the space junk could hit communications, broadcasting and GPS satellites at any time.
The two countries also agreed to work together in securing ground safety by quickly detecting the landing points of retired satellites set to fall to Earth, the sources said.



http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120823a8.html



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Day 1618 ( Home Grown - Japanese Reggae Band )
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Went to the beach with some Jamaicans today again to see a Japanese reggae band known as "Home Grown" perform. The creator of the band is a sound engineer who is quite famous in the "Japanese Reggae" arena. He also was the sound engineer at a reggae sumfest. I think he said back in 2006 when Destiny's Child came. I am considering to professionally record some of my dub poetry stuff at his studio because its not that expensive and he lives about 20 mins away from me. This is his website

http://kobusipowa.com/

 
The dude in the center (Corn Bread) is a reggae dancer
He went to Jamaica several times and lived in Seaview Gardens

Simone along with Japanese who love reggae

Maki (on the left) also visited Jamaica before and went to
a few of those "passa passa" type parties


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Day 1919 ( Steel Pan On The Beach )
Friday, August 24, 2012

Went to YMCA in the evening to teach one class then to the beach again. My Jamaican friend eventually came along. Some performances were going on, then a Japanese steel band from the area went up. They were really good. To me the best performers of the night. Here is a video of them (ignore the "My movie" caption that comes up between 2:14 - 2:19 .... slight mistake  :





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Day 1920 ( Porn Book In My Post ... !!!! )
Saturday, August 25, 2012

Checked my mail today and saw a pornographic magazine !!! I was wondering what the hell !!!! Who the hell!!!! I made sure to look in the other mails to see what the heck was going on but it seem as if it was only mine....I am still wondering.... No ... I didn't open it .... Honestly ... I didn't !!!



Didn't go anywhere today ... Just stayed in and played loads of Modern warfare 2 until my head got dizzy. My apartment is too small and my TV is too big.



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Hey again Rising Sun,
There is only 1 church in Niimi, it's called the Niimi Christ church. In all honesty it is a bit boring, and they speak only Japanese. There is an American lady there (Jenny) she was (and still is) like a mom to me. Her husband is Japanese and she has been living in Niimi for more than 20 years. She also has Bible study on Mondays. She would more than welcome another English speaker...

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