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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Jamaicans in Japan - Spring Ting 2013 Part 2


Japanese Sentence of the week - Ima nanji desuka - 今何時ですか?- What time is it now?

Days 1866 - 1872 
Sunday, April 28 - May 4, 2013


Day 1866 ( Jamaicans in Japan - Spring Ting 2013 Part 2 )
Sunday, April 28, 2013

We started off the day with our team practicing for cheer leading competition. We then had breakfast, some ackee with saltfish (cod fish) and dumplings. Then it was time to begin arguably the main event of Spring Ting.... SPORTS DAY!!!



So yeah this was our breakfast that was to energize us for sports day.


Ackee, saltfish and some rather hard dumplings.....


Ok back to sports day.... These were the cheers.


First up was Gold house......



Booooooooooooooo!!!

Next up was the great Green.


Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


Then there was Black house....




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YEDs4TxsrM&feature=em-upload_owner

What was that really ????

Yellow house some how paid off the judging staff to win the cheer leading....

We did several Jamaican style sporting events including:

Egg and spoon race



Wheel borough race


No Jamaican buns in Japan, so Melon pan (bread) eating contest


Trying not to choke

Soda drinking contest (sorry no pictures)

100 and 200 Metres sprint. I ran second in the 100 metres race, so I won't post the video................


Ok ok ok here it is....


Ooops sorry I'm not sure why my videos are not showing properly... You saw the best one anyway.

Jump in the garbage bag contest aka crocus bag race



We did few other events as well but overall as I feared and predicted from day 1.... We came third overall or frankly speaking, DEAD LAST!!! It was maddd fun though....

After the sporting events, we had lunch while being interviewed by a camera crew in Toyama. Toyama TV wanted to do an interview with Raul and he invited them to our spring ting event. They asked the females, which male anchor man they liked, and the males, which female newscaster/announcer they liked.

Raul - The dancing great


And Here we are!!!
I am somewhere at the front stooping down in the shadows.

After this, we had team challenge quiz. This is a very common practice in Jamaica where we have School's Challenge Quiz. In this quiz competition, different high schools from all over Jamaica compete against each other. It is very similar to jeopardy where several questions are asked, and teams should try to answer correctly. We were placed second in the quiz competition.

Team challenge Quiz - Hosted by Paul Watson - The great crusty voice
Videoed by Dale - The great philosopher 

We then had dinner. Jerk chicken, festival, rice and peas and vegetables.




After dinner, everybody just did there own thing until we were ready for the party!!!

During the "do whatever you want" time


Its party time!!!

I forgot that there was a T-shirt writing competition. Yamato came second with this one.


 Grainne was first with this.




We stayed up until like 1 - 2 am. And my voice was gone. Almost completely.

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Day 1867 ( Leaving Toyama / Apple Drop in Profit)
Monday, April 29, 2013

It was time to leave from remote Toyama. So a couple of us drove down to Toyama city, which was about 2 hours from the camping site. Then we drove back to somewhere in Saitama. I was having a terrible headache, maybe because of all the excitement.

It was far away, kind of expensive, my voice is gone, I'm having muscular aches, but it was definitely worth it!!! I would have done it over and over again.

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Apple announces rare drop in profit



Apple reported Tuesday that its quarterly profit dipped for the first time in nearly a decade as it squeezed less money from its champions in the competitive smartphone and tablet markets.

The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers stepped in to bolster its stock price by announcing a plan to more than double to $100 billion the amount it will spend to buy back its stock and pay out dividends.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also suggested that the company won’t release any new products until the fall, contrary to expectations that there would be a new iPhone and iPads out this summer.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/25/business/apple-announces-rare-drop-in-profit-record-stock-buyback/#.UYur6aLqjoJ


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Day 1868 ( Yakuza Hung Swiftly Under New Government )
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Had 2 classes at my "once a week" school today. My feet were aching and my voice was cracking. Luckily I didn't have business English afterwards so I went straight home.


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Two inmates hanged for yakuza slayings



Hanged


Two inmates were hanged in Tokyo on Friday in the second round of executions to be approved by the Liberal Democratic Party-led administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The inmates were Yoshihide Miyagi, 56, and Katsuji Hamasaki, 64, the Justice Ministry said.
Members of a yakuza syndicate, the pair were convicted of conspiring with an accomplice to gun down two rival gangsters at a family restaurant in Chiba Prefecture in 2005.
The human rights watchdog Amnesty International immediately condemned the hangings, saying the fast pace of executions by the LDP-led government tells the world that Japan is determined to ignore calls by the international community to abolish the death penalty.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/26/national/two-inmates-hanged-for-yakuza-slayings/#.UYuxpqLqjoJ


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Day 1869 ( Tokyo Mayor Insults Turkey For Olympic Bid)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Had 3 classes at my main school today then I went to the YMCA. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that my classes were on holiday. I had to spend money to go there but nooo problem. I also had no lesson with my private student so I went back straight to my apartment.


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Another stupid Japanese "Inose" with limited understanding of other cultures made some stupid comments.... SMH

Tokyo dodges IOC penalty for knocking Istanbul’s 2020 bid




The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Tokyo will not be penalized for Gov. Naoki Inose’s disparaging comments about Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 Olympics.

“We wrote to Tokyo 2020 to remind them of the rules of conduct and this concludes the matter,” an IOC spokesman said.
The IOC asks all bidders to “refrain from any act or comment likely to tarnish the image of a rival city or be prejudicial to it. Any comparison with other cities is strictly forbidden.”
In an interview dated Saturday in the New York Times, Inose painted Islamic countries like Turkey in a bad light.
“So, from time to time, like Brazil, I think it’s good to have a venue for the first time. But Islamic countries, the only thing they share in common is Allah and they are fighting with each other, and they have classes,” Inose was quoted as saying.
On Tuesday, Inose apologized and admitted his remarks were “inappropriate” — just a day after claiming his words had been taken out of context by the prominent U.S. daily.
Earlier Wednesday, Turkish sports minister Suat Kilic reportedly accepted Inose’s apology.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/02/national/tokyo-dodges-ioc-penalty-for-knocking-istanbuls-2020-bid/#.UYuzFaLqjoJ

My comment on this issue echoes what this writer is saying...

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/05/05/editorials/mr-inose-does-not-understand/#.UYu2K6LqjoI



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Day 1870 (  )
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sorry Den... But I did absolutely nothing today.. And it felt good. My friend came to visit me in the night though.


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Day 1871 ( Happy Birthday Fellow Poet Pernais )
Friday, May 3, 2013

Went to Harajuku at the Jamrock Jamaican restaurant to attend my friend Pernais' birthday party. Saw a couple recent friends and some old ones there as well.



Happy Birthday Pernais

Me, Pernais and her cousin Antonio, my good friend

Some gooooooood Ox - Tail

Our American friend Terrel also stopped by


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Day 1872 ( Going To Odaiba )
Saturday, May 4, 2013

I've always been hearing about Odaiba since I came to Yokohama. So I decided to go there with my friend today. There is a big shopping area there and a gigantic Gundam statue.


You didn't recognize me did you?
There is also a fake statue of liberty there.



Ohh and Fuji TV (A Famous Japanese TV Station ) is also located there. This station shows my favourite anime .... ONE PIECE!!!!



After Odaiba, we went to another Jamaican restaurant. This time Good Wood Terrace in Shibuya.




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