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Monday, November 26, 2012

Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall In Japan (Reader's/Viewer's Discretion Advised)

Days 1705 - 1711
Sunday, November 18 - Saturday, November 24, 2012    

Day 1705 ( Nintendo Wii U Launched )
Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stayed in and watched lots of Dexter.


Ever since I knew myself, I was always a "Game Head", "Nerd", "Otaku", call me what you may, but I love games and cartoons/anime, no apologies. Recently I haven't been playing a lot because I am just simply too busy. Even if I get holiday, I'm busy travelling or just not at home. If I am at home, I am on my computer or on my iphone or on my tablet PC.

Nintendo launched their new console the "Wii U" today, and I am very excited, but then I realized that I don't play games that much, and if I do purchase one, I would probably be wasting my money, because I would only play it like once a month, possibly less.

Following delays and tight supplies, Nintendo launches new Wii U home console in U.S. market

Nintendo Co. began selling its Wii U home console in the United States on Sunday amid tight supplies and delays in implementing a new TV-viewing service, aiming to prove it can still succeed by marrying its hardware to exclusive software.
The first new video-game console put on the U.S. market since 2006, the Wii U will not initially offer the Nintendo TVii service that has been touted by the Kyoto-based company as one of its most appealing extra features. This feature will become available sometime in December, the company announced Friday, without providing specific details.
"The value of the Wii U goes well beyond day one," Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America Inc.'s president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "Nintendo will be enhancing the Wii U experience with continuous updates and new services for Wii U owners."
Analysts have suggested the company should pull out of the business of making hardware that sells for $300 (about ¥24,400) or more, and focus instead on selling popular video games based on its iconic Mario and Zelda characters for play on other manufacturers' tablets and smartphones. Nintendo executives say they have no plans to change course, however.




Day 1706 ( Reggae/Dancehall In Japan )
Monday, November 19, 2012

Both of my arms were really hurting today. Been trying to get back on my exercise schedule but it is proving to be really difficult.


Reggae/Dancehall In Japan (Conservatives, beware!!)

Ok if by chance you didn't know, Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall music and culture is BIG in Japan. Many Japanese people don't know about this, likewise many Jamaicans. But the Jamaicans who are here in Japan know very well. Several reggae/dancehall artist that we would never get a chance to see or possibly don't want to see in Jamaica, we are very happy to see them here in Japan.

In the rural country-side parts of Japan, maybe you will find 1 or 2 persons that like reggae stuff. But when you go to the city, you will find quite a bit of them. There is even a facebook group about reggae in Japan.
Here it is :


This was an article I found about why Reggae/Dancehall became so popular in Japan.

The immense popularity of the now defunct Japansplash, consistent tours by a number of performers (including Voicemail) and specifically Japanese releases by the other prominent dancehall all-male group TOK, are evidence of reggae anddancehall's good standing in Japan.

Deejay Rankin' Taxi, sound system Mighty Crown (dubbed 'The Far East Rulers') and Dancehall Queen Junko are familiar to many Jamaicans attuned to popular Jamaican music culture, showing that some Japanese have learnt the genre very well.

Dr Noriko Manabe, assistant professor of musicology at Princeton University, explained cultural similarities which have led to the two-way flow in a public lecture, 'Locating the Japanese and the Jamaican in Japanese Reggae/Dancehall'. It was held at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.
Manabe moved through the chronology of reggae/dancehall impact on Japan, starting in the early 1970s with the movie Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers album Catch a Fire and The Clash'sLondon Calling album. The Japanese reggae decade closed with Bob Marley's 1979 concert, then the 1980s saw the Japanese adaptation - the opening of the reggae kissotem Black Hawk, a reggae magazine in 1981 and a record label in 1985. All that led to the Japansplash, which peaked in 1997 with an attendance of 50,000 persons in Tokyo.

Read more here...


Check out this video from 2011... Viewer's/reader's discretion advised!

Check out this video from 2009. Again, conservatives ... Viewers discretion advised.

This next video was in Jamaica when the Japan Squad lead by Ivan (a famous Japanese dancer of reggae/dancehall music ) won the JCDC World Reggae Dance Championship earlier this year.



Day 1707 ( The Cold Has Started )
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 ( 4 Years 8 Months )

Went home after work and watched lots of "One Piece", trying to catch up back on my lag. It is now officially very cold for 24 hrs as from today. Before today, the afternoons were usually warm, with the mornings and nights freezing. But now.... Freezing throughout ... I HATE THE COLD!!! I want to go home. Guess what's the worst thing? It ain't even winter yet!!!

Numerous areas hit by cold snap

寒い- Samui 

A cold front sent temperatures plummeting to the lowest level this autumn in many parts of the nation Monday, with the season's first subzero temperatures recorded in Sapporo and Nagano, the Meteorological Agency said.
The mercury measured minus 1 in Sapporo and minus 1.3 in the city of Nagano at 10 a.m., while this fall's first frost was observed in the cities of Gifu and Toyama in central Japan, the agency reported.
Among cities in the northeast, Yamagata saw its lowest temperature so far this autumn — 1.3 — and Sendai recorded 2.8, Fukushima 0.1 and Utsunomiya 1.4.




Day 1708 ( 1500 Metres Marathon )
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

After my first class today, I walked with the teachers and kids for about 10 mins to some sort of jogging/training/exercising park name Umi no koen 海の公園(literally sea park). We then stopped for a briefing then jogged on a 1500 Metres course in the COLD!!! I felt sorry for the children because they were running in shorts and T-shirts. What the heck!!! Some teachers weren't even running, they were just pushing the kids to run.

After the marathon, they played some games, then it was back to school. When I got back, I sat for about 5 mins then it was time for my second class. Everyone was tired. Fortunately, these were the only 2 classes I had today, then it was lunch time, then time to head home.

We were running in this area.
Don't be fooled, its COLD!!!

I slept a bit when I got home, then went to my English conversation class. We spoke mostly about Japanese politics. We also spoke a bit about some Japanese owned businesses in Jamaica like Blue Mountain Coffee which is 80% owned by a Japanese company called UCC. As well as JPS (Jamaica Public Service-The electricity company in Jamaica) which I believe is fully owned by a Japanese company called Marubeni. He didn't even know that Blue Mountain Coffee was from Jamaica. Actually many Japanese don't know.
The real owners of Blue Mountain Coffee



Day 1709 ( Nerd "Otaku" Match Making In Japan  )
Thursday, November 22, 2012

After work I spoke with the pastor of a Baptist church in Yokohama. We had coffee and spoke for about an hour. My friend then visited me in the night.


'Otaku' try out matchmaking masks

Self-confessed geeks in Japan who might ordinarily be too shy to ask someone out on a date are trying a new kind of matchmaking: wearing cartoon character masks.
Hey, I know who you are

In Washinomiya, a small town in Saitama Prefecture, 15 men and an equal number of women donned plastic masks of Doraemon, Mickey Mouse and other famous fictional creations Friday to try to find a date.
"I feel this is an easier way to talk to people," said a 27-year-old woman wearing a rabbit mask who introduced herself as Jet-Black Wings. "I wouldn't be able to do this without this mask. I would feel too embarrassed."
The party was organized for the benefit of "otaku" — those obsessed with high-tech products, manga and "anime" (cartoons) that spring from them. Otaku freely confess to being more at home with their two-dimensional heroes than communicating with the real world.




Day 1710 ( Guy With Knife Has 5 Hostages )
Friday, November 23, 2012

Today was a well needed holiday in Japan. It was cold and it was raining. So I stayed in all day.


I don't see how a situation like this can happen in Jamaica. One man with just a knife has 5 hostages??? He would be as good as dead.

Hostage-taker stated intent in advance

Koji Nagakubo, who was arrested Friday after holding five hostages at knifepoint in an Aichi Prefecture bank, had told an employee of a nearby karaoke establishment that he was about to commit a crime at the branch.

After a near 13-hour standoff, police in full protective gear stormed Toyokawa Shinkin Bank's branch in Zoshi in the early hours of Friday and apprehended Nagakubo, who apparently took the captives to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's administration less than a month before the general election.




Day 1711 ( Late Again / Earthquake )
Saturday, November 24, 2012

Got to my first class at YMCA about 15 mins late....simply because I didn't know that I had that class today. And as requested, a staff member stayed with me for my last class, and she realized how hard it is to control these kids. Only 2 of them but they are hard to control.


Felt an earthquake today. First in a little while and it went on for about 10 seconds.

Magnitude 4.9 quake rocks Tokyo

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 shook central Tokyo and its vicinity in the Kanto region Saturday but no tsunami warning was issued, the Meteorological Agency reported.
The temblor struck at 5:59 p.m. and measured 4 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7 in Tokyo's Shibuya, Shinjuku, Shinagawa and Nakano wards, as well as in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. In other parts of Tokyo, as well as Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, it measured 3.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Japanese And Blood Types (Re-post)

Days 1698 - 1704

Sunday, November 11 - Saturday, November 17, 2012    

Day 1698 (  )
Sunday, November 11, 2012

Came in from an old hits reggae party this morning. It was ok, not all that fun but good enough.

Mi a try swag



Day 1699 ( On Tv Again Soon )
Monday, November 12, 2012

Heard not too long ago (while writing this very blog) that some guys or possibly a guy in Niimi is "still" spreading my name in a negative light even among the new teachers there. I haven't heard 1 positive mention of my name, like my TV show or even say the book I published while living in Niimi. I even heard that I "screwed over myself". Hahaha interesting stuff I tell you. I very well know who the culprit is. But I am still unaware of why "he" is still doing this. Anyway, I'm no longer there, and it doesn't move me one bit. Whoever wants to listen to "him",  go right ahead. I have no ill feelings towards him still or to those who want to believe this dude that just want to tarnish my character for some unknown reason. Any way moving on....


Went to Shibuya, Tokyo after work today to do a television interview with some people from a TV show name Sekai Banzuke. It will air on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm and also on Friday, December 14 at 7:00pm on NTV (Nihon Terebi) which is channel 4 in the Kanto area. In other areas I am not so sure what time. I said some crazy things and did some crazy stuff so you really don't have to watch it :)

They asked me some questions about news in Japan that captured my attention this year. I told them the following:

1) The opening of the Sky tree Tower ( Tallest Tower in the World )

2) London Olympics (Jamaica's performance )

3) I-phone 5 release

I spoke about quite a bit of other random stuff as well. A Jamaican friend of mine and his wife came along as well. They were also interviewed briefly.



Day 1700 ( Japanese And Blood Types  )
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just had work like normal then came home and blogged.


I blogged about this topic before 3 years ago and thought I would revisit it, about Japanese peoples' obsession with blood types.

Many Japanese people (chiefly females) believe that your blood type is directly tied to your personality and character.... It is so bad that, it is very possible that if you are dating a Japanese girl, and she finds out that you are of a certain blood type, she will break off with you there and then..... Because they are seeking someone of a specific blood type... Now, a little problem is that, a good 98% or more of foreigners, don't have a clue what their blood type is.... And if you should tell this to a Japanese female, she will be shocked out of her wits... as in " How can you not know your BLOOD TYPE ???? " kind of shocked. 

I said this to a Chinese/American girl who would attend the Tuesday English conversation thing I went to back in Niimi, and she didn't know that this was embedded in the Japanese mind...But she experienced it right there at the English conversation, because when she said that she didn't know her blood type, one of the Japanese ladies shouted in disbelief "HONTO!!!" ... REALLY!!!!!! So we all laughed and I said " you see!, I told you" ...

This is an article I found about the blood type thing:

A person's blood type is determined by what kind of antigen, a type of protein, is on the surface of the red blood cells. If a person has an A antigen, the blood is type A while a B antigen means type B blood. People with both are type AB, and those with neither are type O. The most common type is O, followed by AB andAB.
There is no solid scientific evidence that blood type is related to character. But that hasn't stopped the Japanese from believing in it.
Toshitaka Nomi of Japan has written 30 books on blood types. According to his book You Are Your Blood Type, the following are the traits of the four blood types:


People of this blood type are perfectionist, orderly, detail-oriented, industrious, idealistic, soft-spoken and careful.


PositiveNegativeSuitable Careers
FashionableInflexibleComputer Programmer

Reckless when drunkGossip



People with this blood type are flexible, passionate, creative, unconventional and have excellent concentration.


PositiveNegativeSuitable Careers
FlexibleIndiscreetHair dresser
CandidLazyMilitary leader
SensitiveImpatientTalk show host


People of this blood type are supposed to be natural leaders, great organizers, diplomatic, rational and imaginative.


PositiveNegativeSuitable Careers
HonestEasily offendedTeacher
DiplomaticToo conservativeSales representative
OrganizedNitpickerSocial worker
StrongHard to knowWitch


People with this blood type are powerful leaders, goal-oriented, enthusiastic, optimistic and good at business.


PositiveNegativeSuitable Careers
IdealisticJealousPolitician (leader)
Clear-sightedUnreliableMinister (leader)
Good at sportsObsessive loverInvestment broker
SexyCan't shut upbaseball player

At least 2 persons have suggested to me that I am a TYPE-O .... well, I have no evidence of this so I don't know... Wikipedia says this blood type business was derived from historical Scientific Racism...

Here is another write up about it....

These beliefs even affect politics. One former prime minister considered it important enough to reveal in his official profile that he's a type A, whilst his opposition rival was type B. Last year a minister, Ryu Matsumoto, was forced to resign after only a week in office, when a bad-tempered encounter with local officials was televised. In his resignation speech he blamed his failings on the fact that he was blood type B.




Day 1701 (  )
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My first grade students drew these pictures. I chose the best 2 for display on my blog.

My evening student said he had to hire 2 Indian Ph.D students to help him out with some projects. I told him about my swimming lesson last Friday and about the lying kid who told his mom that I hit him. That was pretty much my day today.



Day 1702 ( Scary Dave / Japanese Christians Seeking New Ways To Spread The Good News )
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Got really strict with my worst class today. Even the class room teacher was surprised. A few guys didn't want to write down some English words that I told them to, so I went over to them looking very serious. I spoke to them in English very harshly and they cooperated very well. One even said "You are scary" and my answer was, "I know".


Christians exploring new ways to spread the word

At a bustling Tokyo flea market in late September, booths were filled with manga, self-published magazines, books, accessories and other goods. The crowds that gathered included women in "cosplay" outfits and men in animal costumes, while the poster promoting the event featured a manga-style girl in school uniform.

If not for the slogan on the poster — "Go for it! Our religious reform!" — passersby would have thought it was just another event for the manga crowd.
Instead, it was a Christian outreach tailored to modern Japanese sensibilities.
Christianity has become a hot topic thanks to the success of a book by sociologists Daizaburo Hashizume and Masachi Osawa titled "Fushigina Kirisutokyo" ("Mysterious Christianity"). The best-seller won the Shinsho Award and feature articles on the religion have appeared in general magazines.




Day 1703 (  )
Friday, November 16, 2012

Worked again from 8:30 am until 8:00 pm. Full time job and YMCA.



Day 1704 (  )
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Started teaching a group of kids along with their parents today. The youngest child was 10 months old, while the eldest was 3.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

10 Things To Watch Out For (Beware Of) In Japan (Part 2)

Days 1691 - 1697
Sunday, November 4 - Saturday, November 10, 2012    

Day 1691 ( Electronic Giants In Trouble )
Sunday, November 4, 2012

Had dinner with 2 friends of mine in Kyoto today. One of them I knew over 4 years ago when I just came to Japan. He is in his final year at one of the top universities in Japan called Doushisha. The 3 of us ate at a French restaurant. The food there was ok.

Later on I took a shinkansen (bullet train) back to Yokohama. It took about 2hrs 30 mins. A bus would have taken about 6 - 7 hours.


Electronics giants caught in race against time

Japan's battered electronics giants are in a race against time, analysts say, as losses that threaten their very survival mount and overseas rivals appear to be on the verge of running away with the show.

The latest earnings season has been ugly for the likes of Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp., which project an eye-watering combined annual loss of more than ¥1.2 trillion, underlining fears about the sector's future.
Money-losing Sony offered a glimmer of hope by reporting it is still on course to eke out an annual profit, following four years in the red. But Sharp almost doubled its estimated losses to a record ¥450 billion and voiced doubt for the first time over its future as a going concern, just a day after Panasonic said it would lose in excess of ¥770 billion in the year to March.

The sector's myriad woes range from high labor costs at domestic plants and the strong yen to strategic blunders and a failure to keep up with such rivals as Apple Inc. and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. in the lucrative smartphone and tablet markets.




Day 1692 ( 10 Things To Beware Of In Japan   )
Monday, November 5, 2012

Searched on the internet for hotels in Negril, Jamaica after work today. Yeah I am planning to go home for the winter hooraaay!!! I haven't seen Christmas in Jamaica since December 2007.


10 Things To Beware Of In Japan  (part 2)

Beware #
(6) Japanese Only Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Institutions etc.

Seeing is believing. You would think that a 1st world country like Japan wouldn't have buildings out in the public like these, but believe it or not, they are very much here.

Some time ago, me and my female Japanese friend had a big argument about this. I get her point but it is still considered racism if only your race of people are allowed to do something / go some places, while others are not allowed. She says that foreigners go into these bars and restaurants and make too much noise, destroy property and what not. There is some truth to this, but barring all foreigners just isn't morally acceptable.

Beware #
(7) NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Guys

NHK is the National TV station for Japan and is owned by the Japanese Government. In Jamaica it would be the same as TVJ. Only that TVJ is privately owned now. For any entity to operate successfully, it of course needs money. So how does NHK gets money? From you of course! By law in Japan, if you own a TV, you should be paying a fee every month...So NHK send some dudes to every house and apartment, to collect money..... Hahahaha... Almost all foreigners ignore this. Some Japanese as well. We should pay it by law, but it is one of those many Japanese laws that is not enforced. Even people who work for the said government, told us foreigners not to pay the fee. All we do is either don't answer the door bell, or tell the people we don't speak Japanese.

Beware # 
(8) Perverted Japanese Men (For Foreign Women Only)

Because I am male, foreigner and black, this of course would not happen to me. But I have heard several stories about stalking, verbal sexual harassment and advances. One Jamaican friend of mine who was in Osaka told me that some dude followed her straight to her apartment, held her hands and told her "she is beautiful" and he want to touch her breasts.

Another Jamaica friend told me that while she was in a supermarket, every isle she went to, a Japanese dude would follow her, while pretending to be looking at something else. So she went over to the lingerie section which was like upstairs... The dude was very much there looking at the female lingerie???? So she cashed and ran out of the supermarket as well as called one of her Jamaican male friends.

Actually, Japanese women are not spared from these guys either. They sometime mess around with school girls on the trains. Others take up-skirt photos. The strangest thing is that, many of these men are actually married.

Beware #
(9) US Army/Navy/Air force A$$ holes

Being very very very general here, many of the foreigners who are not from the US, don't really like the ones who are from the US. I had my fair share of torture from them when I was in countryside Japan. Again I am being very general, please don't attack me. But, we don't like the high pride "I am always right, and you are a fool" attitude. Well, add all of that with even more pride, some testosterone and an overdose of dogma and confidence and that's the US Army/Navy dudes in Japan. Possibly everywhere, but I don't know. Definitely not all of them are like this, but many of them. The worst thing about it is that, they are almost untouchable, unless they do something extreme and found guilty. Like these 2 guys who got busted very recently for raping and robbing a girl in Okinawa.

Here is some news about the incident.


Some of these dudes are really cool I must admit, but others, Ohh boy. Some of them go in the clubs and pick fights and also do all sorts of mischief. I also happen to live not too far from a naval base. So many Japanese in the area, automatically associate me with the US Navy. I have been mistaken quite a few times.

Beware #
(10) Low Door Entrances

If you are 6ft (183 cm) or over, you need to take special care when entering buildings. You may hit your head several times. I am only about 5ft 8in (175cm) and still cutting it a bit close.



Day 1693 ( Another Term For Barak Obama )
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Just a normal day today.


As much as I try to avoid talking too much about the US, I must say congratulations to Barak Obama for winning again. I hate politics, and I am not a big fan of the US, but respect is due. The US is the most powerful nation presently and they were kind enough to grant me a visa since back in 1996. So I won't be too ungrateful. They are unlike the UK who turned me down at a visa interview in 2005 for reasons I still don't fully understand. And I have now intention of trying to go there again.

I hate politics, and I hate US politics even more, but I am glad they gave Obama a second chance. I am not one of the persons who is happy that he got re-elected just because he is black, but I think he seems much more capable than Mit Romney. If the persons of other predominantly black nations believe that Obama has any interest in them, then they better think again.

Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney by reassembling the political coalition that boosted him to victory four years ago, and by remaking himself from a hopeful uniter into a determined fighter for middle-class interests.

Obama, the nation's first African-American president, scored a decisive victory by stringing together a series of narrow ones. Of the election's seven major battlegrounds, he won at least six.

As the election results came in, they showed that Obama's promises had won over the groups for which he had promised to fight the hardest. He lost among white men by a large margin, as expected. But he performed strongly among African-Americans, won by double digits among women, and routed Romney among a key and expanding demographic, taking 69 percent of the Latino vote in early exit polls.




Day 1694 ( The Death Penalty In Japan )
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Applied for leave today to go back to Jamaica in December 2012 and January 2013.

After work, I had my private student. We spoke mostly about our events of last week as well as his opinion about hanging / capital punishment in Japan. Capital punishment is a usual thing for Asian countries. In almost all south east Asian countries, drug trafficking is punishable by death. Japan is a bit more lenient with drugs, but if you get caught, more than likely you will be deported.

Anyway, my student believes that serial murderers shouldn't be locked away but should be given the death penalty in order to stop them from killing others. I am still not sure what my stance is on it. Right now its 50/50. In the future I plan to make a more fulsome discussion/debate on this topic via this blog.


This old Japanese lady is very dangerous. My student believe that she should definitely be hanged.

Miyoko Sumida - Even her picture is scary
Police served fresh arrest warrants Wednesday on key figures over the dumping of a corpse in a concrete-filled metal drum into a harbor in Okayama Prefecture.

The police believe Miyoko Sumida, 64, was the chief culprit among eight people involved after the drum and body of Jiro Hashimoto, 53, were retrieved from Bizen port late last month.
The seven others, some of whom remain at large, include Miyoko's 38-year-old cousin, Masanori Ri, her 59-year-old sister-in-law, Mieko Sumida, who is also in custody, and her 27-year-old daughter-in-law, Rui Sumida.
According to investigators, Miyoko Sumida has admitted she was involved in the dumping of Hashimoto's corpse but has claimed not all of the other seven suspects were party to the crime.
Police suspect Sumida and the others conspired in July 2011 to carry Hashimoto's body out of Sumida's residence in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, and dump it in a drum filled with concrete in Bizen port in early November. Relatives of Sumida who were living with her have confessed that they carried Hashimoto's body at Sumida's behest.




Day 1695 (  )
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nothing much today either. Just had dinner with a friend of mine.



Day 1696 ( White Dave / First Swimming Lesson )
Friday, November 9, 2012

While walking from work today, I heard some one behind me shouting "Dave sensei", So I turned around and saw a Japanese lady calling me. I have no clue who she was but she was signalling that I should come to her. So I went to her, then she started backing away slowly in fear. I was like "What the heck? Didn't this stupid lady just call me???" So she asked "are you Dave sensei?" So I said "um, yes!!!" Then she said that my appearance is different. I asked her "how different??" To which she said that almost everything about me seem different. So I asked for example WHAT!!! She said my color changed.... ????? O.o I told her that as far as I know, I always looked like this. Only to realize that there was also a white guy who taught at the school next to mine, with the name Dave as well. Are her eyes that bad? Didn't she notice that I was not white while I was a few meters ahead? lol


I basically confirmed today that I won't be taking anymore swimming lessons at the YMCA after this unless it is free. I was told by my boss that even though I am a part-time member of staff, I still have to pay the full 9600 yen (US $120) for only 3 lessons. I was going to quit doing the lesson but I decided to go through with it.

I actually did manage to learn some stuff about swimming during the lesson today. The very first thing was to exhale through my nose, into the water, then inhale through my mouth when I lift up my head. This very simple thing I did not know. However, adding to the hefty cost of this lesson, was that the teacher spoke to me only in Japanese. The lesson took 45 mins. And I only managed to swim by myself for a maximum of 6 meters. I keep sinking into the water for some unknown reason.



Day 1697 ( Lying Child!!! )
Saturday, October 10, 2012

Today I experienced one of the scariest Saturdays of my life while at the YMCA. It began like this. Went to the YMCA for work this morning, like what I do most Saturdays. My first of 3 classes went better than usual. The second one was sort of disastrous, because 3 male kids and 1 female kid kept mis-behaving. They just wouldn't listen to me. This was all happening while a visiting mom was watching my class with a child who would potentially be a part of my class later on. I got angry about 4 different times but I had to calm down in order to give the visiting mom a good impression.

Anyway, after this class, it was time for my nightmare class. The 2 and 3 year olds. I started the lesson always by kicking around a ball and doing random things to make them run around a bit. Then sing some songs from a CD, then do some coloring. While coloring, the 2 kids were quiet. Then suddenly, one of them started crying. I asked him what was wrong. He then showed me a small bruise on his finger. So I started to hush the child a bit then he stopped crying for about 1 minute. Then he started crying again, this time holding his jaw and saying his jaw hurts. His mother was outside, and heard him crying really loud, so she came in. The kid jumped out of my hands and ran straight to his mom. His mom then asked him whats the matter...And guess what the kid said???? The kid basically said that I hit him. I was of course shocked.

His mom took him outside for a while and he was still crying. And she asked him again what was the matter, to which he again replied, "Dave sensei hurt him". I have never hit a child in all my years... Especially in Japan!!! And I have been teaching this kid since April. Why in the world did he suddenly decide to do this? I am still at a lost. His mom eventually came back in with him and he stopped crying. When his mom was leaving, he started to cry again. So his mom asked me if she could sit in for a while. So I told her that its no problem. She stayed until the end of the class, and the child stopped crying.

As soon as the class was over, I reported the incident to my boss and another staff member. My boss said that the child does have some issues. Not with me, just some issues. The staff member said that the situation was indeed dangerous and I should probably request that another staff member be in the class room with me. So this is my plan now, I won't teach this class unless there is a staff member looking on. If the mom should some how believe the child, this situation has the potential of getting the police involved and making me lose my jobs!!!Just because of 1 lying kid.