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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.

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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.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nb20121119n1.html

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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.

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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 :

https://www.facebook.com/dancehallinjapan


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...

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100727/ent/ent3.html



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.





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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.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121120b5.html





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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

















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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.

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'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.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121125a6.html




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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.

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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.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121125a3.html





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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.

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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.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121125b3.html

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