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Monday, May 27, 2013

Jamaica One Love Festival 2013, Tokyo Part 2 - My Biggest Performance Yet


Japanese sentence of the week - daijyoubu desuka - 大丈夫ですか? - Are you ok?


Days 1887 - 1893 
Sunday, May 19 - May 25, 2013


Day 1887 ( Jamaica One Love Festival Part 2 - My Biggest Performance Yet )
Sunday, May 19, 2013

Left out for Tokyo relatively early this morning because I wanted to sell off my towels and T-shirts. My first time doing anything of this sort. Thanks for the great help Francine and Kennise. The truth is I wasn't around the selling area for more than say 20 mins at any one time. My mother's family name is "Walker" and we oh so love to walk.


Love the bag Mel.

I went to the festival with my Uzbek and American friends who also are high school teachers. Met quite a few other friends there as well. This is the only event in Japan every year, where you get to see the most Jamaicans in one place.

I was also supposed to perform today so I was getting more and more nervous. I went on stage at around 3:25pm and I asked my American friend to video my performance.








As soon as I went on stage I was at ease.. Wasn't nervous at all...I was just wondering what the crowd response would be like. Not many of my Jamaican friends were around to see me, so I didn't really have the support I wanted. But its a festival, so everyone was just walking around, maybe like what I would have done. Thanks for the photo Simone!!!!

In front of a crowd of 30,000 or more - 98% Japanese

Yeah this was my biggest performance. Close to or more than 30,000 people. In Germany it was about 5000 people. Below was my performance - at the One Love Festival 2013.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6MYviG0KBw


Again I can't get the video in-bedded  in blogger.

After my performance, I went back into the crowd to look for my friend who took the video. I saw a couple more of my friends in the crowd, then a guy stopped me and said "Good job".... He said he is a producer and would like his musicians to do a performance on stage someday. I told him I'm not sure if I could help him with that, but we exchanged information just in case. My friend who took the video eventually found me and gave me back my phone. But while walking away to go back to my towels and T-shirts, 2 Japanese girls came up to me and said "that was awesome"... In Japanese of course... One of them held on to my left arm and kept saying "kakkoi ... sugoi sugoi" .... You are cool and awesome..... They looked like the party party type Japanese girls so I smiled and kinda walked away from them a bit. My American and Uzbek friends were behind me and saw what was going on. My American friend then said "You got yourself some fan girls". I really wasn't expecting this because in my mind, not many people were understanding what I was saying. And I didn't see any of my Jamaican friends in the sea of Japanese.

Anyway, I took some more pics and tried to sell more of my towels as well as help my friends sell their stuff. Like Jamaican i-phone covers, bracelets, jerk seasonings etc.





Got some peppery Jerk chicken and jerk pork afterwards and some good old alcohol (sorry mom). Rum punch and red stripe beer.




While heading back to my apartment, it was raining like crazy and my phone battery was dead. So I headed to Bic camera (huge electronics store) in Shibuya to charge my phone. I got home at about 12 midnight. I thoroughly enjoyed both days.

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Day 1888 ( Star Soccer Player, Beckham To Retire )
Monday, May 20, 2013 (5 Years 2 Months)

Had a biig argument with a friend today to the point of shouting in my apartment. And my voice ain't soft. Anyway, we are ok now....

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With retirement, Beckham brand to go even more global



Many faces of Beckham


After David Beckham’s long and distinguished soccer career ends on an artificial turf field in northwestern France, his life promises to be perhaps even more glamorous than it already has been.
Nearly 20 years after breaking into the Manchester United lineup, the 38-year-old former England captain won the French league title with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) this season.

After announcing his retirement Thursday, Beckham’s role in soccer will take on a new dimension worldwide.
He has an ambassadorial role for Chinese soccer and for British television channel Sky, as well as an option to buy a franchise in Major League Soccer.

“I would like to wish him all the best for all of his future projects,” PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi said. “We are talking about the possibility of continuing our work together.”
But PSG may have to get in line, as the English Football Association also desperately wants him on board.
This was the same Beckham who, although ruled out of the tournament because of injury, insisted on traveling to South Africa to support his teammates at the 2010 World Cup.

Beckham reportedly is being paid €20 million ($30.6 million) over five years to work as a Sky Television ambassador — showing the drawing power he retains.


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Day 1889 ( Jamaicans Dominates Diamond League  )
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Didn't go to my high school today, because I was having a bad stomach ache this morning. But, they were having tests so I would go there and do nothing. What a coincidence with my stomachache and having no classes!!! :)

In the evening though, I went to my business English class. I had only one class then waited for over an hour for the advance group to show up. They didn't. I learnt eventually that if the second group doesn't show up in 1 hour, then I can leave. Found that out too late so I still got home at 10:30 pm.

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Jamaicans sweep Diamond League sprint titles; Jeter pulls up injured



Big up mi bredrin Warren
Mi know yuh from yuh a likkle yute




Jamaica dominated the sprint races at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai on Saturday, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce winning the women’s 100 meters and Warren Weir capturing gold in the men’s 200.
Fraser-Pryce, a two-time Olympic champ, ran 10.93 seconds to beat Blessing Okagbare and defending world champion Carmelita Jeter, who pulled up at the finish with an apparent leg injury.
Jeter fell to the track after the race and lay on her back for several seconds before being carried off on a stretcher. Meet organizers said the American would undergo tests to determine the nature of the injury.
Fraser-Pryce is off to a strong start this year. She also won the 200 in the season-opening Diamond League meet last week in Doha.
“I feel very relaxed,” she said. “I came here to win and just to see how I would do.”
Weir, the bronze medalist at the London Olympics, finished in 20.18 seconds to hold off Justin Gatlin and Jason Young in the final few strides.
The field was weakened by the withdrawal of Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake because of injury. Usain Bolt is also taking a break from the 200 to focus on the 100.
This is the video of Warren Weir winning Justin Gatlin


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2013/05/20/more-sports/jamaicans-sweep-diamond-league-sprint-titles-jeter-pulls-up-injured/#.UaNJ16LqjoJ




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Day 1890 ( Candy Crush and Jewel Mania )
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Went to my main school today but had no classes. So I went there a bit late and just sat and played games on my phone. After that I went to the YMCA to teach some brats as well as some good kids, then went to my evening student at starbucks.

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 I started playing 2 puzzle games recently.

This game is addictive but can get disgustingly difficult
I just started playing this one recently, so I'm only at level 36. I have a friend who is at somewhere like level 181 there about. I was stuck at level 23 for a while man...and a few levels after that as well. DO NOT start playing this game if you value time!!!

Another game very similar to the above is:




Yeah almost the same thing as Candy Crush but slightly different. Actually the main difference I see so far is one has candy, the other has jewels. Also with Candy Crush you can get help from friends on facebook. But with Jewel Mania this is not possible. I would say candy Crush is a bit more difficult though...


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Day 1891 ( Hello Work Shinjuku, Tokyo / Tumblr Sold To Yahoo)
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today was my day off. But I'm still trying to get a job in the Kansai area so I went to a job agency in Shinjuku, Tokyo today. Luckily there was an English speaker there because I didn't understand quite a few of the stuff that the interviewer was saying. I stayed there for almost 3 hours and all I got were vacancies in Nagoya to apply for. Nothing in Kansai at this time.


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Tumblr CEO on $1.1 billion Yahoo deal



Tumblr Inc. Chief Executive Officer David Karp, a 26-year-old who started the company in 2007, signed a note announcing Yahoo! Inc.’s $1.1 billion acquisition with the closing, “F-ck yeah.”
Beyond just expressing elation, Karp was making a statement that the New York-based company will retain its distinctive and irreverent character under a new owner. The phrase is common parlance at the social-media upstart, used in the titles of some of its most popular blogs. In its own statement on the deal, Yahoo echoed the idea of giving Karp and Tumblr a wide berth, saying it “promises not to screw it up.”
“Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our road map isn’t changing,” Karp said. “Our mission — to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve — certainly isn’t changing.”

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/26/business/a-big-f-ck-yeah-from-26-year-old-tumblr-ceo-on-1-1-billion-yahoo-deal/#.UaNfy6LqjoJ


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Day 1892 ( Germany, the Most Influential Country in the World )
Friday, May 24, 2013

Again, no classes at my main school because of mid term exam. So this time I made good use of my free time by studying some Japanese. I should be doing a mock test on June 16. And the real thing on July 7.

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Germany tops Japan in popularity poll






Germany is the most popular country in the world again in terms of “global influence,” with Japan dropping from first to fourth place, an annual poll for the BBC World Service revealed Thursday.
More than 26,000 people from around the world were asked to rate 16 countries on whether their global influence was “mainly positive” or “mainly negative.”
Some 59 percent of those polled rated Germany as having a positive influence, while at the other end of the spectrum, Iran came last with only 15 percent looking upon it favorably.
A three-point increase in Germany’s average rating returned it to the top of the BBC list, displacing Japan, which saw its positive ratings drop from 58 percent to 51 percent.
Germany, which has led the poll every year except for 2012 since its first inclusion in 2008, regained the top spot despite well-publicized protests over its insistence on austerity measures within the European Union.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/24/world/germany-tops-japan-in-popularity-poll/#.UaNTS6LqjoJ


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Day 1893 ( Snitch )
Saturday, May 25, 2013

Did my usual 3 classes today at the YMCA. It always amazes me how I'm exhausted during the week, but after my final class on Saturdays, I suddenly start getting bored. So when I got home, I slept a bit, then watched a movie called snitch. Starring "The rock".




My friends in Jamaica recommended this movie, so I watched it. Decent acting for the most part, it's just strange to watch "the rock" being used like a pawn. Action was ok enough but some parts were predictable. The story was very interesting though and you always want to know what's coming next. I give it a 7.5/10

My friends also introduced this new way of how to rate movies... I liked it but added some more to it for my personal rating scheme... Here it is...


1 - Don't waste your time (watch at your own risk/peril)

2 - Watch while doing chores (if  you miss parts, no big deal)

3 - Cable Worthy (Exactly what you think it means, wait until its out on cable)

4 - DVD Worthy (Wait until the DVD is out)

5 - Download/Stream Worthy (Want to see a movie badly? Don't want to waste money? Are you ok with stealing/downloading and/or sharing/streaming movies? If your answer is yes to any or all of these, then this is for you.... I have a feeling many people fall into this category)

6 - Theater Worthy ( But don't buy any pop corn or hot dog )

7 - Opening Night/3D Glasses Theater Worthy (Pre-book your ticket because you know this is going to be awesome. Pay the extra for 3D glasses and by some pop corn and hot dog for added pleasure)

The only movies that got 7 for me were :

Avatar, 

The Matrix (Part 1 only), 

Lord of the Rings (Part 3 only),

Inception

Avengers

Transformers (Part 1 only)

Star Trek (2009)

Snitch that I saw today got a 5.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jamaica One Love Festival 2013, Tokyo Part 1 with JCDC World Dance Competition

 Japanese sentence of the week - atama ga itai - 頭がいたい - I have a headache

Days 1880 - 1886 
Sunday, May 12 - May 18, 2013

Day 1880 ( African Festival - Yokohama )
Sunday, May 12, 2013



Ok continuing from my last post..... My toilet is not flushing properly for the first time while living in Japan. My freaking toilet guys!!!! So I went on a mission to go find a plunger (which by the way, not one Japanese person can give me the exact translation of) at any home store or wherever. Before I went out, my good friend Vivianna said she is heading out to an African Festival with another friend of ours. So I decided to go along and probably ask them to follow me to a home store.

Haha... We went to the African Festival, stayed for a while, took some random pictures, ate some African cuisine etc. I ate this Nigerian, peppered goat soup. Of course it was spicy/peppery but it was pretty good. It's similar to a soup we make in Jamaica call manish water.


Big up yuh self I -Marcus aka Joe


Nigeria


Mali


Burkina Faso - I've never heard of this country before

Mauritania

Ghana

Tanzania



Hey the black dog is laughing too


Then we took more pictures, with more dogs. All this time I was still thinking about my toilet issue!!!






But instead of following me to a home store, I had to follow these girls to a CLOTHES STORE!!! I kind of knew by then that my toilet issue would't be solved today. So I followed them and yeah as expected, they took a while searching and trying on stuff and what not. What did I gain from this again? Oh yeah the company of good friends :))) .... Then to top it off, after they shopped to their heart's content, Richel's (The Asian chick) phone battery was dying and she wanted to charge it. So she brought us to a restaurant to get her phone charged while, we ate some food there. She told us a veeery interesting story about herself and our branch of the company we work for.... I'm not privy to share this information via my blog however. Those working for my company would definitely find this story quite interesting...NO doubt!!!

So we left the restaurant at about say 9pm... Everywhere was closed by that time on a Sunday. I did manage to go to the home/bathroom section of 2 electronic stores, but unfortunately, none of them had plungers :(  . All they had was the heated toilet thingy. So one more night without a working toilet.... What I had to do was to stop by the toilets in the train station. Tomorrow early, I will be going on a "plunger searching" mission. 

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Day 1881 ( Got The Plunger....... Toilet Fixed  )
Monday, May 13, 2013

I sent an email to my apartment agency last night, telling them that my toilet was having issues. So this morning someone called me from the agency, speaking in very fast Japanese. I basically understood what she was saying though. They said they would try to get someone to fix the toilet for me, but mentioned that I may have to pay some money. I told them to ask approximately how much it would cost. It seem though that she was a bit hesitant to ask them. So eventually the apartment operators themselves called me saying that they will send someone to look at the toilet this evening.

Any how, I still went on my plunger searching trip at the station next to mine name Nokendai. While I was looking in a pharmacy, I saw a lady that helped me teach while I was with the elementary school children. What a blessed day!!! So first she helped me to buy this toilet tablet thing that should help to break the toilet stoppage. Then we went upstairs to get a plunger. Still, none of them knows how to say plunger in Japanese. Some saying suppongu, others saying rubber cup, but they are still not certain. Do the test, ask a Japanese how to translate plunger....tell me their answer.


I tried using the toilet cleaner/tablet thing, but it didn't work. I then tried the plunger..... That too didn't work. It was then time for my YMCA class. So I went there, taught a slightly naughty class, then I was back home. The toilet fixer dude came shortly afterwards.

He tried flushing the toilet and saw that the water kept rising. He then asked me in Japanese "Did you throw some garbage in there?????" ...... Of course not bredrin.....Why on earth would I throw garbage in the toilet??? ..... He then went for a huge plunging device, then proceeded to plunge away. Nothing happened. So he disappeared for about 10 minutes and went for a strange looking, very heavy machinery. With this, he finally solved the problem. You know what was clogging up the toilet? Hair and toilet tissue together. I am unsure if it's Japanese hair, my hair, dog hair or puss hair. I am also uncertain as to when this started accumulating.   


Well at least now it is fixed. So I am back to normal.


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Day 1882 ( Eat Bugs For Protein !! )
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Went to my other school today and did 1 class. Only 1 teacher allow me to do my own lesson at this school.... The others either give me 25 mins or tell me to use the school book.

Afterwards I went to Komatsu to teach the usual 2 groups. I start to give them a new word for each class. I realized that I misspelled hippopotamus. It was when I got home I found out. Next week I will tell them of my mistake.

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Eating insects could help fight world hunger

Please stop "bugging" me


The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects.
The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets.
A 200-page report, released at a news conference at the U.N. agency’s Rome headquarters, says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects, which are high in protein and minerals, and have environmental benefits.
Insects are “extremely efficient” in converting feed into edible meat, the agency said. On average, they can convert 2 kg of feed into 1 kg of insect mass. In comparison, cattle require 8 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of meat.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/15/world/eating-insects-could-help-fight-world-hunger/#.UZsL0aJTBrN


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Day 1883 ( #4 Bad Luck in Japan...And It's Taken Very Literal )
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Did 3 classes at my main High School today, then 2 classes at YMCA, then spoke to my private student. We spoke about Jamaicans in Japan. I think probably 80% or more of us are teachers.


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I knew that the number 4 and 9 are known as "Bad luck numbers" in Japan. But 4, which is shi or yon is taken very literal... Talk about hyper superstitious. Four (4) or Shi also can mean shinu - which means death.  But the teachers at my school today taught me something new. I learnt that the 4 or shi thing is taken so literal that the number 4 is not written in almost every hotel in Japan, and some hospitals as well. A teacher then showed me a hotel pamphlet with the room numbers. And there were nooo 4s. There is 1, 2, 3, 5... Room 10, 11, 12, 13...15 also 21, 22, 23, 25... nooo 4s what so ever. Next time you visit a hotel in Japan, check it out for yourself.  

Actually I just researched it, and it seem to be a thing in a couple Asian countries....Its known as Tetraphobia ....

Tetraphobia is a practice to avoid instances of the number 4. It is a superstition most common in East Asian andSoutheast Asian regions such as China,TaiwanSingaporeMalaysiaJapanKorea andVietnam.[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetraphobia



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Day 1884 ( North Korea Again!!! Seeking Attention )
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stayed in for most of the day. But also met with a former supporter who helped me to teach with the elementary school children. Then I met with a Jamaican to give her some of my T-shirts so people can model in them as well as get them sold at the One Love Jamaica Festival.

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North Korea test-fires another short-range missile




North Korea Sunday test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast, its fourth in two days, despite pleas from South Korea and the U.N. chief to halt the launches at a time of high tensions.
The guided missile was fired into the Sea of Japan on Sunday afternoon, a defense ministry spokesman said without elaborating.
On Saturday the North fired three short-range missiles off its east coast, apparently as part of a military drill.
The North’s launches of short-range missiles are not unusual but come at a time of heightened alert on the peninsula, following Pyongyang’s February nuclear test, which sparked tougher U.N. sanctions.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/20/asia-pacific/north-korea-test-fires-another-short-range-missile/#.UZsL-aJTBrM


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Day 1885 ( YMCA Article on me )
Friday, May 17, 2013



Had 2 classes at my main school, went home, then to the YMCA. They are doing an article on me, that will be circulated throughout the YMCAs in this area. These are some of the pictures they had of me, that I didn't even know or remember about.






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Day 1887 ( One Love Festival 2013 Part 1 )
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Taught 3 classes at YMCA today. The 1-4 year olds, some 4th - 6th graders, then some rotten 2nd - 6th graders. I ended at 12:30 then rushed to Yoyogi park for the annual One love Festival in Yoyogi park, Harajuku, Tokyo.

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Met up with many old and new friends. And this time my T-shirts were being modeled and sold.... Thanks Francine and the models/dancers!!! All the T-Shirts got sold out.... SELL OFFF!!!


Brother and sister dance off.. Stole this pic from facebook.
Knew them both from I was in Jamaica

Easy Baba



Guh deh Francine


Sorry fi put unnu up pon mi blog.... If unnu want it kum dung den unnu tell mi.

My friend took this photo of me with his camera.... I like it!!! My mom and aunt hate to see me with alcohol for reasons unknown to me. But Jesus turned the water into wine didn't He? Well this is beer not wine however. And I don't indulge too much :)


There was also a dance competition (JCDC World  Reggae Dance Eliminations) that I think the winner of it will be heading to Jamaica for the finals or semi finals...... 12 groups competed... Only 1 group had a Jamaican... Boom Squad that my friend Simone was a member of. I think they did well.

Here is the Video:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrTl0KdVxfs


Sorry I can't get some of my videos to go in blogger again for reasons beyond me.

Is that girl on the right a teacher??? My goodness








More pictures with Jamaicans in Japan.