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Sunday, September 29, 2013

10 Reasons Why Some Foreigners Don't Date Japanese Women / 6th Birthday in Japan

Japanese Word of the week - Tabun - たぶん / Maybe, Perhaps 

2 weeks

Days 2006 - 2019
Sunday, September 15 - 28, 2013

Week 1

Day 2006 ( Landmark Tower / Now You See Me )
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Went to church then walked around the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama for a while. Finally after over 2 years in Yokohama, I went to the top of the tallest building in Japan. The Landmark tower.

You can see a good portion of Yokohama from the 69th Floor. It offers a 360 degree view. It had the record of having the fastest elevator for about 11 years until it was dethroned by an elevator in Taipei in 2004. Here is a view from top.


Now you See Me

Watched this movie today... Really interesting. I highly recommend it but I didn't like the end. Really good acting, had some funny moments in it as well, very interesting story and twist. Good action..... Now You See Me .... You should go see it... I give it a 8 /10 only because I didn't fancy the ending.



Day 2007 ( Typhoon But Work / Pacific Islands Will sink Soon)
Monday, September 16, 2013

Today a Typhoon name man-yi hit a part of Japan with lots of rain and wind. Especially the Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara) area. The same river that I was on weeks ago, was severely flooded. 500, 000 persons were ordered to evacuate.


All I got in my area was very little wind and rain... That's it. So I had to go to teach a class at the YMCA. Only 1 student came though.


Pacific islands fighting for survival as sea levels rise

Pacific islanders challenged world leaders this week to act on climate change, warning that their low-lying atolls are close to becoming uninhabitable because of rising seas and increasingly severe floods, droughts and storm surges.

“The Pacific is fighting for its survival. Climate change has already arrived,” said Christopher Loeak, president of the Marshall Islands, which host the Pacific islands’ annual summit, attended by most of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, including the United States, China and the European Union.

The Marshall Islands, a group of 29 atolls and coral islands standing on average only two meters above sea level, and lying halfway between Australia and Hawaii, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Earlier this year the president declared a state of emergency following a simultaneous drought and some of the worst floods ever experienced. A freak tide nearly destroyed the capital Majuro, breaching its sea walls and flooding the airport runway. The drought left 6,000 people surviving on less than 1 liter of water per day.


Day 2008 ( Kindergarten Ordered To Pay For Students' Death From Tsunami )
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Had no classes at my Tuesday school. Then went to teach 2 of my business English classes. In the first class we spoke about making a schedule in English. While in the advanced class we spoke about what they normally do during holiday periods. One student said he rode a bicycle from Nagasaki up to Aomori. 819 Miles !!!! That's further than riding from Jamaica to Florida....


Kindergarten told to pay for tsunami deaths

Kids died when bus was driven to lower ground after 3/11 quake

The Sendai District Court on Tuesday ordered a kindergarten in Miyagi Prefecture to pay ¥177 million in damages over the deaths of four children in a school bus that was swamped by the March 11, 2011, tsunami as it was being driven toward lower ground.

It was the first ruling on a damages suit filed by families of tsunami victims against operators of facilities in 3/11 disaster areas. It could affect at least eight other similar damages suits filed by victims’ relatives.

The ruling focused on whether the kindergarten, as an institution with a responsibility to protect the lives of children, could have foreseen the risks of tsunami and whether it took appropriate measures to avert those risks.

The plaintiffs had sought ¥267 million, insisting the kindergarten should have considered the danger as it had been violently rocked by the preceding earthquake.

The privately run kindergarten had maintained that it was impossible for the facility to foresee a tsunami of that scale, saying the disaster was the largest in 1,000 years.



Day 2009 ( Why Some Foreigners Don't Date Japanese Women )
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Usual Wednesdays. 3 classes at my main school, 2 classes at YMCA then my private student.  


Here I am again stirring up a bee hive. Very possible for some Japanese to mis-read or misinterpret this post.... Just remember this is just what I gained from my research. Not an attack or anything like that. Here are some reasons sighted as to  Why Some foreigners don't date Japanese women.

- Cultural Differences 

This is an obvious one. Some foreign men just simply can't deal with the cultural differences. They have no interest in taking on the adventure.... Actually I was like this before I came to Japan and for my first say 5 months here.

- Language Barrier 

This can also put a great hamper on relationships anywhere. Some would say love is a universal language, but if you can't communicate well, then there are bound to be some serious trouble coming. So some foreigners avoid the potential disaster.

- Tried, But Bad Experience 

I've heard some interesting stories from men from many different racial backgrounds that dated Japanese women before. I remember one guy from England telling me how his ex-fiance threw his TV and couch, 5 floors down ... because he stayed by his friend's house who was sick !!!! He said he will never date another Japanese woman in this life time because of that experience.

- Some Japanese Women are only Interested simply because you are Black/White (insert race here) No other Reason

Yeah some Japanese women are only interested in a foreigner because he is this or that...So it means 2 things... (1) If you are not of a particular race you will be left out (2) If you are chosen .. then its not because of your personality, its because of your race.

- The Japanese women are not interested in them

If a Japanese woman deem a foreigner as unattractive, then he might have some difficulty landing a date. Even if he is interested. However, some Japanese simply just love a Black/White man and doesn't give a damn how good looking, old or stupid he is....

- A vicious Rumor (or is it?) Exists About No sex after marriage / After the first child

Some foreigners learn about this rumor (or fact) and just decide not to even bother dating Japanese women.

- Their parents don't like foreigners

Many Japanese parents, scarcely approve of foreign boyfriends.

- Their thinking is basic, childish and/or strange to western foreigners 

Japanese thinking is way different from us in the west. A Western man will find it weird if a Japanese woman is still living with her parents after 35. We want to get away from our parents as soon as we leave High School. Some men simply find this kawaii (cute) culture very annoying, crazy and/or childish.

- A very few foreigners simply aren't interested in Asian women 

A friend of mine said he is not at all attracted to Asian women so he wouldn't date one. One of my cousins also said that the Asian skin colour is simply not his kinda thing.

- Their Strong religious belief forbids them from Dating Outside

A very devout Christian, Jew, Muslim (insert religion) may not be interested in dating a Japanese woman. Or Japanese women may not be interested in dating them...



Day 2010 ( Happy Birthday Dave Collymore - My 6th Birthday Celebration in Japan )

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Yeah Me!!!
First thing on the agenda for my birthday was to teach my "Business woman" private student. I told her yesterday that it would be my birthday today ... :)
So she got 2 pairs of Ralph Lauren (My favourite brand) Socks for me.

Then I got a Ralph Lauren wallet. All just by chance... I told no one of my love for Ralph Lauren stuff.

I'm not so sure what to put in the wallet located in this box, because this school year I'm broke!. Don't worry about how you see me going here and there lol.

I was then invited to a Spanish restaurant in Kawasaki. The food was fully delicious.

Thanks to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday via phone, electronic means or where ever. Of course most of the wishes came from facebook. I feel like 45. I got home at 12:30 am


Oh I made a part 1 for my video blog. I made it um 2 weeks ago !!! It is about a Japanese reggae thing that I went to during the summer. Here is the video.



Day 2011 ( Nintendo's Former President Dies At 85 )
Friday, September 20, 2013

I was planning to play soccer with the High School students today but I intentionally left my soccer gears because I was tired from my birthday celebrations yesterday. So I was introduced to them and plan to start playing with them next week. So I went home after being introduced to them then went to the YMCA to teach one class. When I went to the YMCA, I was greeted with this drawn picture of me.....

They were saying that my drawings and writings are terrible... So they drew me based on how they imagined I would have drawn myself..... Come on guys... I'm much better than this ....... I got home at 10 pm.


Former Nintendo President Yamauchi dies at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo Co. for more than 50 years and led the company’s transition from traditional playing card maker to video game giant, died Thursday. He was 85.

Kyoto-based Nintendo said Yamauchi, who was also known for owning the Seattle Mariners baseball club, died of pneumonia at a hospital in central Japan.
Yamauchi was Nintendo president from 1949 to 2002, and engineered the company’s global growth, including developing the early Family Computer (Famicom) consoles and Game Boy portable devices.

Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games as well as the Wii U home console, was founded in 1889.

Reputed as a visionary and among the richest men in Japan, Yamauchi made key moves, such as employing the talents of Shigeru Miyamoto, a global star of game design and the brainchild of Nintendo hits such as “Super Mario” and “Donkey Kong.”



Day 2012 ( More Work On Saturdays )
Saturday, September 21, 2013

On Saturdays when I should be at home relaxing, I have to get up earlier than during the week. And today, work longer than usual. Started teaching at 10:15am I would normally end at 12:30... But they added 2 special needs group that started at 2:15 and end at 4:15....

I then went to Yokohama to search for football boots (spikes) and a barikan (barber share). I ended up going to several stores in the general Yokohama area. And Halloween stuff were already on sale. Check them out.

Iron man Dave

She seems familiar.... hmmm where have I seen her before??? Some movie?

I was then treated to some food at Fridays...... They also gave me a birthday cheese cake.

Tuggs wid pink drinks......

After fulling my stomach, I ended up having to go to Kamioka... about 8 mins by train from the Yokohama station. That's where I finally found the football spikes and the share... I'm about to start trimming my own hair in order to cut expenses .....

I got this exact pair of football spikes called Ligera 3.

And this share. Got home at around 12 am.

That was my Birthday Week pretty much.





Week 2

Day 2013 <Don't confuse it with the year...This will never happen again>

( Performance in Koenji Tokyo )

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Had rehearsal at 12 noon today for my performance. But I was too tired from yesterday so I went to the practice at around 2:30. My friend I-Marcus (below)... set up a band so that we could perform together....

My friend Camille came through from Saitama. Haven't seen her in over 2 years.

The show went pretty well and some persons came up to me saying "good job" .. One dude said I reminded him of some reggae guy... Don't quite remember his name...Didn't even realize that the people were liking what I was doing... Because my voice was going.....

This was the first one.... Boom Boom ....

Then I did one of my favorites .... Gi mi a bly .....

I think we performed for a total of 40 mins together. I'm not used to being on stage for so long. I-Marcus is ok with this because he did tours in Guam and Saipan etc. After my first poem/song my throat started acting up. I was coughing. At the end of the 40 mins performance. I had a splitting headache. But it was mad fun....



Day 2014 ( Performance in Sagamihara )
Monday, September 23, 2013

So just as how me and I-Marcus finished yesterday night... We also did a performance this afternoon at an African Heritage festival. They had many food stalls and African cultural stuff there in Sagamihara, about 1 hour from where I live. Its like I'm on tour but not getting paid lol.

My friend Vany took the video for me.... I already added too many videos up top.. I won't put another one in this post.... Thanks for coming out Van and Er...

We had dinner afterwards and I ended up getting home at around 12.



Day 2015 ( Wrong Pronunciations / Apple Ordered to Pay US $3 Million to Japanese Guy)
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

So at my Tuesday school, most of the English teachers they don't really think in advance. They just come up to me as soon as they see me, then start planning there. Anyway, I had a class with one of my teacher friends today, and he asked me to pronounce some words. One of them was "Women" ... So I said "Women" as how we would say it in Jamaica.... But the teacher said the students are more used to the American way of pronouncing which sounds like "Wimen". So I had to repeat it that way.... Now, I felt a bit tense after the teacher explained that to me.... I was then given a passage to read from their English text book... So I saw the word "woman" .... I was thinking to myself now... darn.... "how do Americans pronounce Woman???" ... I saw the word and stupidly said "Wiman" ...... then thought about it ....... After reading the entire passage I thought "They are probably going to fire me now" lol ... What kind of English teacher am I... "Wiman???" I've never heard such a thing in my life ....


Apple hit with $3 million damages in Japanese iPod click wheel dispute

Apple is no stranger to lawsuits targeting the iPhone and iPad, but over in Japan, it's the company's older iPod design that has landed it in hot water. Kyodo Newsreports that the Tokyo District Court ordered Apple to pay ¥300 million ($3.3 million) to Japanese inventor Norihiko Saito for infringing on a patent covering the touch-sensitive click wheel used in the iPod Classic and older models of its iconic music player. Saito's damages come more than five years after he filed the patent lawsuit, during which time he demanded damages of ¥10 billion ($101 million), based partly on the number of iPods Apple had sold during that period. Fortunately for Apple, the final figure was substantially less than Saito's demand and it'll only have to sell a few more iPhones to cover the cost.




Day 2016 ( Futsal )
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

So I've been coming in really late and sleeping really late which is of course taking a toll on my sleeping time. So I woke up a bit late this morning and rushed to my main school. I got there 5 minutes late and a teacher had to escort me to my class. When I got there, the teacher was very happy to see me, and so were the students. But after the class she said "You need to start coming earlier" .... I promised that I would....

I then had 2 classes at the YMCA... First, the naughty kids.... There were initially 2 boys in this class.. But a parent pulled one of the boys who was rebelling against English and giving none stop trouble during classes. Now there is only one boy. He is also a trouble maker but not as bad as the first one. This boy was absent today. I thought that since the boys were not around, the girls would be well-behaved.... Ha, how wrong I was. It seem as if the boys were the ones keeping the girls from getting out of control. Today the girls were doing all manner of stuff and not wanting to listen. It was a headache to clam them down. Even the Japanese teacher before me said they were mis-behaving a bit.

Later on I had my private student. I spoke to him about the 2 sides of Jamaica... The garrison areas as well as the nice resort areas that most normal Jamaicans probably can't afford.


So now I was heading to play football at 8:30pm. I was stopped by a lady selling a cooler thing.... Hot and cold machine thingy .... Ok this... I don't know the name..........Water server???

She said I would get the machine free but have to pay 1500 yen for the water.... So I said "Ok let me try, even though I'm rushing to play football". She then asked me for my address etc. and went for a contract. She looked at my address and said "Oh the water for your area is 1900 yen " ... "And you have to buy 2 bottles" ... Instantly I shut down ... and told her sorry I don't have the time... Because I'm sure she was going to add some other cost or maybe that I have to buy the water twice a month or some crap...

Anyway, I rushed to play football and had a good time there. I scored 3 goals. This is warm up to train with the High school guys on Friday. I was warned that these high school football guys in Yokohama are reallly!!! good and they don't get tired!!! I finally got home at about 12:20.



Day 20179 Million I-phones Sold in 3 Days !!! )
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Still tired but the work must go on. I spoke to my private student today about a seminar she went to recently. Also did a personality test with her that I saw posted in the "Jamaicans in Japan" facebook group.


I scored 46. Whats your score??

I then substituted for a teacher at my part-time job in Hiratsuka. I also gave them the personality test.


BTW Thanks for posting these links Elroy... Very informative..

Apple sells nine million new iPhones in three days 

Apple just set a new all-time record for iPhone launch sales: it reports selling nine million total iPhone 5s and 5c units this weekend, well over the 5 million of theiPhone 5 launch last year. While the company isn't breaking down sales by individual models, it notes that the initial iPhone 5s supply has already sold out. The company also mentioned that more than 200 million devices are already runningiOS 7. That's the fastest software upgrade in history, according to Apple. While it's difficult to put the sales and download figures into context without directly comparable numbers from rivals, it's clear that the new devices are off to a strong start. Check out Apple's self-congratulatory release after the break.




Day 2018 ( Football with High Schoolers OMG!! )
Friday, September 27, 2013

I needed a pass-time between my main job and my second job on Fridays. Because I have a 4-5 hour break between jobs. So I decided to try training with the high school guys at my main school. My main school is just one stop away from my second job. So while getting some exercise, I can avoid going back to my apartment and waiting for 4 hours.

The first part of training involved passing the ball with your right foot then your left.... "What?? My left foot too??" I gasped... My right foot was fine.. But my left??? A big joke.... Next exercise ... Thigh control and pass with instep ..... Ok not too bad.... Then with left foot.... "darn" .... They are slowly figuring out that I'm no where near their level..... Next- control in the chest and pass the ball..... .. Fine ... Then jump header .... That was terrible ..... Next- long pass from half way across the field.... This too was a disaster....

I was told that they will be having a match tomorrow so they have to practice really hard.... Forward vs defense.... I ended up kicking the ball around with the bench team for about 1hr and a half .... The place eventually got pitch black... So they stopped playing and did this ladder exercise thing.... I have never done it before in all my years of playing soccer.

But then I thought about it.... I haven't done real soccer training since like 1995 .... I did attend about 3 training sessions while in university first and second year ... lets see hmmm 2001 and 2002!!! more than 10 years ago....Jeez I'm getting old.... Then to top it off now... The guys were doing some 50 meter races.... What the heck! I'm Jamaican ... I should be faster than all these guys..... hahahahaha what a joke... I decided to test my running skills.... This drew a crowd because they knew I was from Jamaica. I was a bit concerned about the crowd but what the heck!!!!I am Jamaican!!!! 

4 of us ran and I came in 3rd ..... I am still wondering if the guy that came in last was just joking around... However, the guys who were in front of me..... They were wayyy ahead ... couldn't catch them.... and my feet were wobbling as if I would fall, should I go any faster, which I couldn't..... Major embarrassment ...  I don't want to go back to that training.... But I still have to face some of these guys in English class!!!

While feeling very embarrassed and putting on my clothes....2 students said to me "please come again next week!!!" .... WHAT!!  Yuh mad!! .... I left, told them bye and headed to the YMCA. I got in at 10:30.



Day 2019 ( Tokyo Game Show 2013)
Saturday, September 28, 2013

After doing my 3 classes at the YMCA today, I was waiting to know if the special needs class would still be going on. But as my boss always forgets to tell me stuff, I asked ... and as sure as night follows day, she forgot. So no classes today. It means less money but more rest.

When I got home, I sat down from around 5pm writing this very blog post. At 2 am in the morning I still wasn't finished. Why do I spend so much time doing this??? ... It's beyond me...


Sony, Microsoft to square off at Tokyo Game Show

In Japan, the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) is gaming’s main event. This year, heavyweights Sony and Microsoft are set to square off at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe convention center with brand new consoles in tow. Who will come out on top?

Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One are both prime examples of what’s in store for the next generation of console gaming: more realistic graphics, increased processing power, and greater social networking options — not to mention new game controllers. TGS will be the first chance for gamers in Japan to get a shot at these next-gen Sony and Microsoft machines (it’s important to note that Nintendo traditionally sits TGS out).

Sony Corp. expects the lower price of the PlayStation 4 and wider variety of entertainment services to drive its forecast to sell 5 million units of the game console by the end of March.

The projection for Sony’s next-generation machine, set to be introduced for $399 in November, compares with 3.55 million units sold in a similar period for the PlayStation 3, released in 2006 and offered in some regions for $599, 

The PS4 will hit U.S. shelves a week before Microsoft Corp. starts selling its Xbox One for $499, as both companies seek to reignite growth in the console business as casual players switch to games on smartphones and tablet computers. Sony is staggering the release of its machine in an effort to avoid shortages that hurt sales of the PS3, and is positioning the PS4 as a portal for games, films and music.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Things Jamaicans Say When Surprised !!!

Japanese sentence of the week - nii shuu kan mae - 二週間前- 2 weeks ago

2 weeks

Days 1992 - 2005
Sunday, September 1 - 14, 2013

Week 1

Day 1992 ( Star trek - Into Darkness/Video Blog Coming Soon )
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Went to church then rushed to an area of Yokohama known as lalaport, to watch my most anticipated movie of 2013... Star Trek - Into Darkness.....

I wasn't disappointed !!! So far, it is the best movie I've seen all year. Everything about it was great. Acting -  superb, story - great, graphics - amazing.... I was a fan of part 1.. now part 2 is also splendid. Not sure which one I preferred. I give it a 10/10 - (see it in the theaters with 3D Glasses) score.


Video Blog Coming Soon

I know I made this video about 2 weeks ago. I just don't know when I'm going to do the first installment of videos!!! So here is the intro or trailer to my up coming video blog... If you haven't seen it on facebook or elsewhere yet. Sorry but it is in Jamaican dialect.. Maybe you can catch some of what I'm saying...

Promise the next video will be coming by next week ......



Day 1993 ( Tornado Comes Close To Me )
Monday, September 2, 2013

Did 1 class at the YMCA with the rotten kids then went back home to catch up on Dexter and Naruto. Mondays are sort of relax days...except for the rotten kids...


This is late news but still....

Cleanup begins after Kanto tornado

Recovery and repair efforts continued Tuesday, a day after a tornado tore a path through Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, and Noda, Chiba Prefecture.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Agency continued its investigation into whether the tornado was produced by a supercell, the least common type of thunderstorm but capable of producing severe weather, including tornadoes.

Tornadoes form due to a twisting motion of rising air, the columns of which are in contact with dense cumulonimbus clouds. The rapid decreasing air pressure at the tornado center triggers extremely strong winds.

A collision of two air masses from north and south due to winds high above western Tokyo to Saitama and Ibaraki prefectures caused a large temperature difference in a widespread area.

And this is area is just about a hour and a half away from me.




Day 1994 ( Things Jamaicans Say When Surprised )
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

After completing my 2 classes at my Tuesday high school, I was heading to my second job... A kid sat beside me on the train not noticing who he sat beside. He then looked up at me, noticed that I was different then got up... His mom was telling him to sit back down....he refused, so his mom sat beside me while he sat beside some other person. These are some of the little things that annoy me in Japan. So I personally believe that xenophobia is more often than not, a natural reaction. It can be taught, but there is still a natural element of it in all of us. Its just that when we experience it, it feels terrible.


Things Jamaicans say when Surprised

We Jamaicans have some expressions that we use, which I have no idea where they originated. Every time I tell them to other nationals, they find it funny. I won't use any of the very strong offensive ones!!! The amount of exclamation signs (!!!!!) show their popularity from what I know...

Here we go:

Rock stone !! - I know there is a slight difference between the 2 but why some of us say this? Is a mystery.

Back side !!!!! - Another word for your buttocks

Blow wow !!!!! - Used relatively often... no idea of the meaning

Bird cage !! - I know it's weird ok... No clue why some of us say this either. Maybe some one long ago saw the bird's cage for the first time and simply shouted ... Bird cage!!! and it took off from there.

Brown dog ! - actually this one is not so common .. but some people occasionally say it.

Rasta George ! - I know no Rastafarian with the name George...Not sure where this came from

Bombart/Bombaat !!!!! - Maybe came from bombard?  Don't see the link though.

Blouse and skirt !!!!! - Simply a blouse and a skirt.. Why is it said??? I searched and found this ....
An exclamation of surprise used euphemistically in place of the stronger profanities beginning with 'b'.

Rawtid / Rahtid !!!!!is a Jamaican creole or patois slogan used commonly to describe stress, exuberance or astonishment.

Kiss Mi neck / Neck/ Neck back / Neck string !!! - Used especially in deep rural areas.

Blert neet / Blert need ! - ?????

Puss juck ! - We sometimes call a cat...puss ... juck can have various meanings like stab or prick ... But puss juck??? Cat stab???

Puss naught ! - I think it is said to resemble a stronger curse word  ...

Gee wiz / Gee zam / Gee zam peas!!! - A slick way to avoid shouting out Jesus !!! I think ...

Back foot !! - The back of your foot? Or the hind legs of 4 footed animals?

ka ka faat !!! - Haven't heard this one in a while... faat I'm guessing is fart .... as for the ka ka?... I'm clueless.

There are probably many more but I leave you with these few....



Day 1995 ( FAIL!!! :(( / Radiation Super High )
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ok so today was one of those days when I feel really worthless :(( ... After over 5 years of being in Japan.... I'm still struggling with the language. Especially the reading aspect. I failed the JLPT-4 test :( surprised but not so surprised as it was a bit difficult. Well or I didn't study hard enough. I thought it would have been a breeze but nope !!! I passed the listening and the grammar section but failed the reading section miserably... Sad day. I wasn't going to post my dismay, but as my friend Dale puts it on his poetry video blog.... Follow me, laugh with me, cry with me throughout my journey...... Yeah I failed :(

No its not mine but you get the point!!

Radiation near tanks hits highest level yet

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has detected the highest radiation levels found so far near tanks holding contaminated water used to cool reactors at its wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Readings of 2,200 millisieverts (2.2 sieverts) per hour were found Tuesday in an area where levels of 1,800 millisieverts had been detected Saturday, Tepco spokeswoman Mayumi Yoshida said Wednesday. The increase could be due to a slight difference in where the measurements were taken, she said.

“It fluctuates when you move a little bit,” so the higher reading doesn’t necessarily indicate rising radioactivity levels, Yoshida said.

Tuesday’s hourly reading is equivalent to the amount of radiation 44 plant workers may be exposed to in a full year under government guidelines.



Day 1996 ( A Couple Seconds on FujiTV )
Thursday, September 5, 2013

As I said last week... I was approached by a lady with a mic and a dude with a camera, as soon as I exited Shibuya station. The short clip that I was interviewed on came on Fuji TV (home of anime one piece) early this morning.


Microsoft Buys Nokia phone Patents

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.’s lineup of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to mount a more formidable challenge to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. as more technological tasks get done on mobile devices instead of personal computers.

The €5.4 billion ($7.2 billion) deal announced late Monday marks a major step in Microsoft’s push to transform itself from a software maker focused on making operating systems and applications for desktop and laptop computers into a more versatile and nimble company that delivers services on any kind of Internet-connected gadget.

Microsoft is being forced to evolve because people are increasingly pursuing their digital lives on smartphones and tablet computers, causing the demand for PCs to shrivel. The shift is weakening Microsoft, which has dominated the PC software market for the past 30 years, and empowering Apple, the maker of the trend-setting iPhone and iPad, and Google, which gives away the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android.



Day 1997 ( Brief Student Interview / Billionaires Who date or marry Black Women )
Friday, September 6, 2013

Went to my main school today just to stare in space and to interview a student. The students were practicing for their sports day tomorrow. After their practice, I conducted a brief interview with a student. She lived in the US for a year and she is entering university next year. So her teacher asked me to act like a university professor and interview the student in English.

I think she did well though and her English is pretty good, so I think she will be ok with the real interview.


Just check out the article by clicking on the link below the pictures... quite an interesting read.

Billionaire Says "Black Women Are For Grown Ups"

Sir Richard Branson - Virgin Airlines etc and Kelly Roland

Star wars director - George Lucas




Day 1998 ( Main School's Sports Day / G.I. Joe Retaliation )
Saturday, September 7, 2013

Went to my main school's sports day after teaching at the YMCA today. The sun was really hot, but the sports day was exciting.

When I got home, I watched G.I. Joe - Retaliation. Biig disappointment. The story was very predictable and it was more of a teenage flick. Poor acting and just seem like they got some toy soldiers and threw them in the movie. So I give it a poor 4/10 or a 2 - Watch while doing chores (if  you miss parts, no big deal)





Week 2

Day 1999 ( Kim Jong Un, Killed His Ex Girlfriend )
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Headed to the Kansai area today via shinkansen.


Kim Jong Un’s ex reportedly executed

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s former girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, a South Korean paper has reported.

The Chosun Ilbo daily on Thursday quoted sources in China as saying singer Hyon Song Wol was arrested along with 11 others on Aug. 17 for violating North Korean laws against pornography, and they were executed in public three days later. They were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the videos.

Hyon was a singer with the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, famous for revolutionary and propaganda songs. The victims reportedly included Mun Kyong Jin, head of the Unhasu Orchestra. Kim’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before she married him.



Day 2000 (  )
Monday, September 9, 2013

Wow my 2000th Day in Nihon/Nippon/Japan !!! And I'm in a total different mood from 1000 days ago


So Far I've been to ...

Jamaica - 4 times

USA - 8 times

Germany - 1 time

Bahamas - 1 time

Philippines - 1 time

South Korea - 2 times

Malaysia - 2 times

Singapore - 2 times


Left from Kansai area and headed straight to work at the YMCA.



Day 2001 ( Late News But .... Tokyo won 2020 Olympic Bid )
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Normal Tuesday. Classes at my Tuesday school, then business English.


Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympics

Tokyo was chosen as the “safe pair of hands” to host the 2020 Summer Olympics on Saturday, beating Istanbul and Madrid at the International Olympic Committee’s general session.

The Japanese capital will be the first Asian city to host the Olympics twice, having also hosted the 1964 Games. Japan will be hosting its fourth Olympics. Sapporo and Nagano hosted the 1972 and 1998 Winter Games, respectively.

In a secret ballot by IOC members, Tokyo beat Istanbul 60-36 in the final round to decide the host city after Madrid was eliminated in the first round. While it did not garner the majority of votes in the first round, Tokyo had 42 votes, the most among the three cities.

Istanbul defeated Madrid 49-45 in a tiebreak vote after receiving 26 each.

Tokyo overcame fears of the dangers of radiation-contaminated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, crippled by the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster, about 250 km northeast of the city to win the vote. It also pressed home the message of using the Olympics as a force in its reconstruction efforts from the disaster.


Day 2002 ( Japanese Robot Speaking in Space )
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Had my private student for the first time in a month. We spoke about his trips abroad and the science summits he attended. Later on I took a night bus back to the Kansai area.


Japan’s robo-astronaut aboard ISS takes ‘one small step’

A pint-size android has uttered the first robotic words in space, showcasing Japan’s drive to combine cutting-edge technology with cuteness.

The wide-eyed and bootie-wearing Kirobo — roughly the size of a chihuahua — broadcast a message from inside the International Space Station, greeting citizens of Earth and paying cheeky tribute to Neil Armstrong.
“Good morning to everyone on Earth. This is Kirobo. I am the world’s first talking robot astronaut. Nice to meet you,” it said in Japanese.

The humanoid was created jointly by advertising firm Dentsu, the University of Tokyo, robot developer Robo Garage and Toyota Motor Corp.




Day 2003 ( Japanese Killed in Turkey... Olympic Revenge??? )
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Was in Kansai for the day. Did a crazy interview in Osaka then another one in Shiga... Both waste of time and energy.


Tourist, 22, stabbed to death in Turkey

A Japanese woman was killed and another was left in critical condition after being stabbed Monday in Cappadocia, a historic region in central Turkey, the Japanese Embassy said Tuesday.

The deceased, Mai Kurihara, 22, from Natori in Miyagi Prefecture, and a 22-year-old friend from Toyama Prefecture who was hospitalized were reportedly attacked with a knife while walking in the Zemi Valley of Cappadocia, famous for its World Heritage sites. Both were enrolled as seniors at Niigata University’s Faculty of Education.

The second victim, whose name has been withheld, reportedly suffered numerous stab wounds, of which the most severe were to the neck. She was admitted to an intensive care unit at a local hospital and was receiving treatment, the embassy said.



Day 2004 (  )
Friday, September 13, 2013

Got in from Kansai via night bus this morning. I couldn't get a bus to go to Yokohama.. So I took one that stopped in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It took me almost 2 hrs to get back to my apartment from Shinjuku. I went home, slept a bit, then off to work as tired as ever. Did 3 back to back classes then went back to my apartment for a little while. Then to the YMCA for 1 class.



Day 2005 ( Making A Student Cry / School Culture Festival  )
Saturday, September 14, 2013

My naughty class today got me upset several times. So in my attempt to control the class, I actually started playing with them. I can't be too serious in this class ever. So while trying to get a kid to listen, I squeezed his hand a bit. He was fine and started misbehaving even more. I squeezed his hand again for a longer period, to which he started crying silently. The class actually got silent for 5 minutes. One more trouble-making kid said "Dave sensei hidoi ne" - "Mr. Dave or Dave teacher, you are terrible" ... Suddenly the crying kid was beside me and then started messing around with some magnets I brought there. Then he was back to his normal self.

I still don't know yet if I'm in trouble or not. I could be. If even 1 of those kids tell their mom that I made a kid cry (abuse)... I could be in trouble. And we know that kids love to talk!!!


After this, I went to my "Tuesday school" festival. They had all sort of entertainment stuff going on. Including 3 haunted houses that they created. I could only get in one of them because of the long line waiting to go in each. The one I went in wasn't scary.. It was more funny than anything else.

After I left from the bunkasai or school culture festival, I went to my apartment, stayed a bit then went to a party or dinner put on by my "Business class" boss. It was held at his house... It was the second time I was going here. He has a nice house. But you have to climb quite a few stairs to get up there.

We saw this car on the way back.