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Friday, August 23, 2013

Jamaica Dominates Moscow

Days 1971 - 1977
Sunday, August 11 - 17, 2013

Japanese sentence of the week - nani shiteiru no / 何しているの/ What are you doing?

Day 1971 ( Last Day in Niimi for 2013 / Heat Causes Laziness and Violent Behaviour )
Sunday, August 11, 2013

A British guy who lived in Kyoto for a while and married to a Japanese, read my blog sometime ago when he was doing some research about Niimi. He decided to contact me last year to get some more information about Niimi because he was planning to relocate there with his wife. We kept in touch for over year via email. We finally met today at Jenny's house. I had a younger image of him in my head, but he said he has 2 daughters, one is 35, the other is 29. I think the 29 year old one was either a winner or runner up in the Miss Japan beauty contest.

Later on I met up with possibly my best friend in Niimi, Soji. His 2 year old daughter is running around like crazy now, so he is busy but happy. We met up in an Okinawa style restaurant called marin. Actually I was there yesterday as well. I love the food there. The owner and her son who works there are crazy about Jamaica and Jamaican stuff.


Heat Causes Laziness and Violent Behaviour

A study conducted in the United States has concluded that crime and violence in Jamaica can be partly attributed to the weather. 

A group of scientists from the University of Berkeley in California have discovered a significant correlation between high temperatures, economic productivity and aggression globally. 

The study found that marginal changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a reduction in productivity and a rise in murder and other forms of violent crime, including group conflicts and war. 

One of the co-authors of the study, Ted Miguel, says there’s data to suggest that people become aggressive when it’s very hot. 

Miguel says in the case of Caribbean countries like Jamaica, both the neuro-physiological mechanism and economic mechanism are contributing factors to rates of crime and violence. 

However, some international critics have branded the research as reductionist, explaining that crime and violence is just one expression of a collection of competing socio-economic and political factors that the study seemingly overlooks. 




Day 1972 ( Japan is Hotter than Jamaica )
Monday, August 12, 2013

Leaving Niimi
Go to Niimi and Experience Nature!!

Left Jenny at 8:00 this morning and took the 14 hour trip back to Yokohama. So again spent the entire day in the train and got to Yokohama at around 10pm.


Most Japanese I know automatically assume that Jamaica is hotter than Japan. Most Jamaicans think so too. However this is a big misconception. Jamaica probably never passes 35 C... This is a ususal thing for Japan in summmer.

Mercury rises above 40 C/104 F for second consecutive day

Japan remained in the grip of a severe heat wave on Sunday, with temperatures topping 40 C for the second day in a row, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The temperature hit 40.6 C in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, central Japan, and 40.4 C in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan.

Temperatures exceeded 35 C at 297 of 927 observation points across the country, recording 39.9 C in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, 39.8 C in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, and 39.5 C in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, the agency said. The temperature in central Tokyo reached 38.3 C.

Temperatures set new records at nearly 40 observation points, while they went above 30 C at 700 points.

The severe heat caused the death of at least three people.




Day 1973 ( Hayama Beach Festival 2013 / Egypt in a mess again )
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Anybody who has been following my blog for a year or more, would know that I love Japanese festivals. They are mad fun. Crowds of people dancing, eating, chatting... I love the atmosphere.

Today I went to Komatsu to teach, not knowing that there was no class. I wasted 2 hours travelling there plus the fare that I won't be getting back :( Because the company I work through said they gave me a schedule ??? If I do have one, I have no clue where it is.

But luckily, there was the yearly Hayama festival tonight. So it canceled out my disappointment.

I asked this dude to take a picture of me and my friends... And look what he did.................

Anyway, he eventually figured out how to use my phone...

This was what the festival looked like....

A little less exciting than the Niimi festival but still fun. After the festival, a rasta Japanese guy started talking to me in Patois (Jamaican dialect) so I was of course shocked... He said "Yuh nuh memba mi? (Don't you remember who I am?)" ... Instantly I remembered him. We met at the one love festival in May... And I think he said he has some sort of Reggae bar in Kamakura... I hope to visit one of these days.


Egypt declares emergency; over 400 dead

Egypt’s military-backed interim leaders were forced to impose a state of emergency and curfew after riot police smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president Wednesday, touching off street violence that killed over 400 people — the bloodiest day since the Arab Spring began.

Health Ministry spokesman Khaled el-Khateeb raised the death toll Thursday to 421, and said the number of injured had risen to 3,572. He said an even higher death toll was likely.

The crackdown drew widespread condemnation from the Muslim world and the West, including the U.S., and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei resigned as the interim vice president in protest — a blow to the new leadership’s credibility with the reform movement.



Day 1974 ( Jamaica Dominates Moscow  )
Wednesday, August 24, 2013

Had lunch with my good friend Vany today at Fridays near the Yokohama station. We then walked around looking for damn games!!!! Can't believe I saw 2 playstation games for 500 yen (US$5) a piece. Maybe I will get them another time because I can't tell the last time I turned on my PS3. The convenient i-phone has won the competition.


Most of us Jamaicans are quite pleased with our performance at the recently concluded IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Many people still are awed by the fact that we are such a small somewhat poor country but can produce such world class athletes....

Here are the videos of of the Jamaican take over of Moscow......

4x4 Mens Final --- SILVER ------------------------------

200 M Womens Final --- GOLD -----------------------------------------------

 200M Mens Final ---- GOLD --------------------------------------

4x1 Mens ------- GOLD ------------------------------------------

4x1 Women's --- GOLD ---------------------------------------

100 M Womens --- GOLD ----------------------------------------

100 M Men's --- GOLD ------------------------------



The gold in our flag has more than one meaning :)  I AM JAMAICAN!!!



Day 1975 ( Heading to Kansai Again / Big Fire Works Explosion in Kyoto, 1 dead)
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spent a good majority of the day heading to Kyoto via local trains. At least it took only 9 hrs as against going to Niimi which takes 14 hours. I have a special meeting (interview) in Osaka on Monday.


Kyoto fireworks festival blast probed

The explosion that ripped through a row of food stalls at a summer fireworks festival Thursday evening in Kyoto Prefecture left 59 people injured, firefighters and police said Friday.

Eighteen of the victims suffered major burns and other serious injuries, including a 13-year-old boy who remains unconscious in a hospital in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, and a 10-year-old boy who was being treated in the intensive care unit at another hospital.

The injured people ranged in age from 3 to 85, the officials said.

The blast occurred at around 7:30 p.m., just before the start of the fireworks, in the main viewing venue on the banks of the Yura River in Fukuchiyama, across from the launch site, authorities said.

A 44-year-old woman died Saturday after being injured in an explosion at a fireworks festival last week in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture, police said.

Hiromi Takeuchi was among the 60 victims rushed to hospitals after Thursday night’s blast, which is thought to have occurred after gasoline for a food stall electricity generator caught fire.

She is the first person to die because of the accident.



Day 1976 ( Daimonji )
Friday, August 16, 2013

Took some photos for my interview... I hate this photo. I took them in the morning shortly after waking up... So I look like 50. I was encouraged to get a haircut after taking this photo.

Me in the morning

In the night, there was this big fire thing called Diamonji in Kyoto. I could see the fire from where I was. Its actually 5 big fires to mark the end of Obon - the season when the Japanese dead return....

The origins of the festival are obscure, but it is believed to be ancient. Specific families have the hereditary duty of organizing all the logistics of the bonfires, and they spend many hours annually providing volunteer labor to maintain this tradition.
Starting at 8 PM, the giant bonfires are lit, each with a distinctive shape. Three of the fires form giant Chinese characters, and two form familiar shapes. 

Me in the night

Later on I went to the Rub-A-Dub Jamaican bar.



Day 1977 ( Biwako Lake - Shiga )
Saturday, August 17, 2013

Yeah battery 16%

Went to Shiga prefecture beside Kyoto and there is this beautiful lake....Actually the biggest lake in all of Japan..... I thought it was a regular beach... But its fresh water... not salt water like in the sea.

It was a good day....

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