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Thursday, October 31, 2013

5 Things Nobody Tells You About Living in Japan / Sexless Japan really?

Days 2045 - 2051
Thursday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Day 2045 ( New Niece / New Business Plan / New Wheat grass )
Thursday, October 24, 2013

My sister was pregnant. I wasn't saying anything until the baby arrived and she was fine publicizing it. So now since she did, its fine for me to share. Welcome Suri, my niece...born October 3, 2013. So finally my mom is a grand mother.


Today my private student ( The business woman ) gave me homework .... What? The student giving the teacher Homework? Yeah she did. She said I should come up with a business plan and she can enter me into a Japanese Government sponsored competition where the best/most feasible business plan will be given a small loan to start a business. I have some ideas circling in my head but can't think of the most feasible one.


The wheat grass medicine thing that I bought in Singapore ran out. I had no idea there was something similar in Japan. I found it in a store near to where I do my English conversation lessons on Wednesdays.



Day 2046 ( Happy Birthday mom and my friend Andrew / Big Earthquake )
Friday, October 25, 2013

Today is my mom's and a good friend of mine's birthday. Gave both of them greetings from Japan.

Here is my mom's birthday present


Had a brief talk with a final year high school student today. She went to America as an exchange student for a year. Now she is back in Japan and I can feel her pain of having to return to an almost "one way thinking" society. You can see that she wants to return to the US. Afterwards I met 2 Jamaican girls while on my way to the YMCA. One of them, I was in contact with for over a year online while she was in Jamaica. She came to Japan in March but was living in the deep country side of Chiba, 2 hours outside of Tokyo. My company relocated her to this area just yesterday. Good to have another Jamaican around this side....

Saw the ladies in the back looking at us, afterwards


I felt this earthquake today ....

7.3 ‘aftershock’ rattles Tohoku

Small tsunami hit coastline but no damage reported

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck in the Pacific off the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex early Saturday, triggering small tsunami but causing no damage.

An official with the Meteorological Agency said that the powerful temblor was an aftershock of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the same area of the seabed on March 11, 2011, killing or leaving missing around 19,000 people and causing three core meltdowns at Fukushima No. 1.

There was no damage and only one minor injury was reported from the quake, which occurred at 2:10 a.m., according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of the internal affairs ministry.



Day 2047 ( Halloween Event #1 / 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Living in Japan )
Saturday, October 26, 2013

Went to the usual YMCA classes, went home a bit then to the Hakkei YMCA for an Halloween event. There was another teacher there who I know. I read a story to them, then the other teacher used some flash cards and called the names of stuff like "monster", "skeleton", "jack-o-lantern" etc. After talking for a bit, I was unsure what next to do. I was searching for my boss and the other teacher, they both disappeared  leaving me alone with the mic in front of the parents and students.  Some kids were afraid of my mask ... lol it was funny watching this one kid walking around observing me and fake crying....

We then carved out pumpkins (my first time) to make Jack-o-lanterns, then went out trick or treating. The YMCA already pre-planned with the businesses in the area. So we walked around with the kids for about 45 mins going to random shops in the area.


Saw this article that my friend Deneise shared  from cracked.com .... Almost every bit of it is true about Japan.

5 Things Nobody Tells You About Living in Japan

#5. Everything Is Frightfully Low-Tech

Quick question: When was the last time you had to use a fax machine?*
*"What is a fax machine?" is an entirely acceptable response.
"Some sort of ... sex toy?"
Well, you should try moving to Japan if you want to recapture the magic of the fax machine and other 1990s technology. I actually use one about twice a month to send out my work invoices, because many of the Japanese companies that employ me do not accept paperwork by email. The rare ones that do require that my Word/Excel files be compatible with their 1998 version of Microsoft Office, which is sort of like requiring your Avengers Blu-ray to play on a Betamax machine.
My point is, on the surface Japan seems like the closest thing Earth currently has to a moon base, what with their stock exchange being entirely computerized and wireless Internet literally coming out of their vending machines.
Asahi Soft Drinks Co. and Chris 73 / Wikipedia Commons
Neither of those things are jokes.
But the truth is, many things are still being done in painfully old-fashioned ways, a phrase which here means "by hand and on paper." Actually, having seen the amount of paper a typical Japanese office goes through, I feel safe in assuming that the entire country has declared a shadow war on both the information age and trees.
How can this be? Well, Japan is still mainly in the hands of the older generation: Over a fourth of the population is over 60, and they're in no particular hurry to adopt new technology (particularly not Apple products, because as far as Japan is concerned, Steve Jobs can go fuck himself). Institutions like banks, the postal service and government offices still keep all of their records on paper, maintained and filed by superfluous personnel who could easily be replaced by an old Soviet computer (which incidentally is more or less what a friend of mine at a Yokohama municipal office was using at his workstation as recently as 2010).
Many businesses still don't even accept credit cards. A Japanese airline can get you to any corner of the globe without a hassle, so long as you're paying in cash, even if the tickets come up to a few thousand dollars each (and I wish I wasn't speaking from experience). This is made even more difficult by the fact that I don't think I've ever seen a 24-hour ATM anywhere in Japan.
Koichi Kamoshida / Getty
"We're proud to announce the launch of a new debit card, usable only in this room and only for the next 11 minutes."
That's right; most banks in Japan keep their ATMs indoors, which means that once the banks close (typically around 6 p.m.), so do the machines, utterly defeating their entire purpose for existing. It's another extension of that technological resistance -- pretty much anywhere outside of Tokyo harbors a deep generational resentment for automation. They don't want the ATMs operational while there aren't any bank employees around to help in case something goes wrong (although outside of users being clubbed with a thermos and robbed, the list of possible mishaps is embarrassingly short). You can always try an ATM at a convenience store (the number of which currently exceeds the national population), if you don't mind the variable transaction fees that seemingly change at random. And that's only if your ATM card will even work in machines outside of your bank, which it almost certainly won't.
The damn thing even looks like a 1980s fever dream of the future.
Of course, the best time to find out whether the 7-Eleven around the corner accepts your card is after 1 a.m., when all of the public transport has stopped and you desperately need money for a taxi. Basically, if you're planning on doing anything at all besides going to and from work, you need to keep fistfuls of cash either on your person at all times or piled under a mattress in your freezing apartment.
Wait, why is your apartment freezing? Because ...

#4. The Houses Have No Heat

Read the other 4 at the link below




Day 2048 ( Halloween Events #2 and #3 / Poka Pang)
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Went to another Halloween event at another YMCA. Halloween is getting increasingly popular in Japan. Every year it gets bigger and bigger. And I am getting paid for these things :) last year I had only 1 event with only like 5 or 6 kids... This year, 2 events with a total of about 35 kids.

This time we made a big Jack-o-Lantern. It was much easier to carve than the smaller ones from yesterday. After this, I ran to another event that was planned by one of the guys I play soccer with sometime. It was kinda quiet but interesting at the same time.

That's me

I even gained a new English conversation student.


Started playing this game recently called poko pang on the i-phone. It is interesting and a bit addictive. You can only get it if you have an application known as LINE. Almost every Japanese has it. It is similar to whatsapp.

You can compete against people on your LINE friend's list. And every week there is a new competition, like some of those facebook games.

My friend Vany, who is nothing short of a gaming prodigy got a score that I have never seen before ....

I'm not even on my own top 10 list...That's terrible... need to step my game up literally.



Day 2049 ( Foreign Females not Safe in Japan )
Monday, October 28, 2013

Found out last week that one of the YMCAs I work at was short paying me since April. I can only assume that it is human error. I called it to their attention and I should be receiving the amount that got miss calculated. Why is the mistake always less money and not more?


Made a huge decision today that made me really sad but think it was the best thing to do right now. sigh ..... Anyway had one class at the same YMCA that was short changing me. I knew the kids wanted to run around on the roof again but I told them nooooo. Now every week they are going to want this to be a part of their lesson.


Japan: no safe country for foreign women

A Tokyoite reassesses her view of Japan after another violent encounter is ignored by passers-by, police

I’ve lived in Japan on and off for several years, and I’ve always felt safe on my bicycle here, particularly as I often see young and old women alike biking at all hours of the night. But after an event a few weeks ago, I feel as if this false sense of security has been stripped away.

Cycling home at 8:30 p.m. on a well-lit street in Tokyo, I sensed another biker by my side, so I slowed down to let him pass. At that point he suddenly cut over, trapped me against a parked car and grabbed my tire.

He began yelling at me in Japanese, but the only thing I could clearly understand was “You stole this bicycle!” I insisted that I had not and tried to pull away, but the man was strong and continued yanking on my bike. I bought it from a shop brand-new, so I knew it wasn’t stolen. I also didn’t believe that it was my bicycle he wanted.

I yelled, both in English and Japanese, “Help! Call the police!” Many people observed the fracas but did nothing to help. He pulled me across a street full of traffic, briefly blocking cars, but almost everyone just seemed to ignore it.

It felt like hours of struggling, but then a young woman on a bicycle appeared. By now I must have had tears streaming down my face and my voice was almost gone. She said to me calmly: “I know this man. You stole this bicycle. I’m calling the police.”

Were this man and this girl working together? Or was it just so believable that a foreigner could have stolen the bike that she instinctively believed him? And if they were a team, what did they want?
You can read more here ...




Day 2050 ( No Sex in Japan ... Sort of)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Usual busy Tuesdays. One of my students in the the intermediate group for business English is getting married on Saturday. His best friend is in the advanced group. His best friend was the only one who came to class today from the advanced group. We have quite a bit in common so we spoke for more than one hour about random stuff. He said he was the one who introduced my other student to his fiance. But my other student is really nervous and having marriage blues!!!


Found this article quite interesting.....

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?                                  

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates
Arm’s length: 45% of Japanese women aged 16-24 are ‘not interested in or despise sexual contact’. More than a quarter of men feel the same way. Photograph: Eric Rechsteiner

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she did "all the usual things" like tying people up and dripping hot wax on their nipples. Her work today, she says, is far more challenging. Aoyama, 52, is trying to cure what Japan's media callssekkusu shinai shokogun, or "celibacy syndrome".

Japan's under-40s appear to be losing interest in conventional relationships. Millions aren't even dating, and increasing numbers can't be bothered with sex. For their government, "celibacy syndrome" is part of a looming national catastrophe. Japan already has one of the world's lowest birth rates. Its population of 126 million, which has been shrinking for the past decade, is projected to plunge a further one-third by 2060. Aoyama believes the country is experiencing "a flight from human intimacy" – and it's partly the government's fault.

The sign outside her building says "Clinic". She greets me in yoga pants and fluffy animal slippers, cradling a Pekingese dog whom she introduces as Marilyn Monroe. In her business pamphlet, she offers up the gloriously random confidence that she visited North Korea in the 1990s and squeezed the testicles of a top army general. It doesn't say whether she was invited there specifically for that purpose, but the message to her clients is clear: she doesn't judge.
you can read the rest here.....




Day 2051 ( Exhausted Day )
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Today was a long and exhausting day. But enjoyable. I went to bed at 4:30 am finishing some lesson plans, and submitting an assignment. I woke up at 9 then had classes from 10:50 - 3:50. I voluntarily took on 2 new English conversation students from 3rd year. I won't be paid but hey, its always good to help there in the school when I can. The atmosphere is so different at high school when compared to the elementary schools. The teachers may challenge your English ability at times but they have respect for us and  value our opinions. At the elementary schools, you are mostly seen as a puppet or a giant foreign toy.

Anyway, after teaching at the high school, I had YMCA from 4:30 - 5:45. I stayed until 6:00 pm chatting with an English teacher who has been married to a Japanese for over 20 years... He was giving me some sound advice and told me about his experiences so far. After I left the YMCA I had my English conversation student from 7 - 8. Then the killer.... I played soccer from 9 - 11..... I was dragging myself on the field. I scored only 1 goal.... A girl there scored like 11 goals ..... I got in like 12:20 am. What a life.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Overworking in Japan may Cause Death (re-post) / Being Half Japanese in Japan

Days 2038 - 2044
Thursday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day 2038 ( Man of Steel / We're the Millers  )
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Had class with my private student and she said she is a scuba diving expert as well. She said she even see whales at times.


Recently I have been catching up on all the good movies that I missed throughout 2013. I forgot to mention that I watched "Man of Steel" a few days ago.

It gave a good background story to how super man came about and how his planet got destroyed. I see now exactly where dragon ball z got their story line. I should have known, Japanese are not usually particularly good at coming up with their own original ideas in my opinion. Careful... I said "Usually" so some are but most aren't. Anyway, I really liked the action sequences and the slight drift from the original super man movies. I give it a 7.5/10.


Today though I watched a comedy name "We're the Millers"

I saw it on my blog movie list thingy hitting number 1 sometime ago. A friend of mine also said I should see it. And I wasn't disappointed ... It was really funny. The general story line is kind of predictable but still funny nevertheless. I give it a 9/10



Day 2039 ( Matchmaking Service in Japan )
Friday, October 18, 2013

Had 2 classes today then went home. No soccer today because the students are doing exams. I then went to the YMCA and played a game I knew long ago, with the students. Way back in time, I played this game quite a bit in Jamaica. We called it ABC fast or slow. Its difficult to explain but long and short, someone will say A-Z (in their minds) either fast or slow, then someone will say stop... Which ever letter the person stops at ...say for example "G" .. Everyone has 1 minute to think of a :

Male name, Female name, place, thing and food that begins with the letter "G" ... If 2 persons had the same names, their score will be halved. Anyone with unique names will be given 100 points. The students surprisingly enjoyed it.


Japan’s social-networking pioneer turns matchmaker

There was a time when the only social network that mattered in Japan was Mixi, but these days, after years of stagnation, it is hardly heard of in daily conversation — being replaced in popularity by rivals such as Gree, Mobage, Twitter, Facebook and most recently Line.

Now, however, Mixi is adding marriage/dating businesses to its basket. Is this simply a desperate move to regain relevance or a fightback challenge that could cure the nation’s low marriage/birth rate?

Since June, a new young president, 31-year-old Yusuke Asakura, has taken control of the company from its founder, Kenji Kasahara, and has set out to change Mixi’s declining popularity by starting several small in-house ventures not directly related to the main social-networking service.

With advertising sales declining, 2013 will be Mixi’s first year in the red since 2006 when it listed publicly.



Day 2040 ( White House Down / Overworking in Japan  )
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Was supposed to cancel YMCA today and go to my last year main school's Sports Day. But I forgot to cancel so I had to be at the YMCA. I could've still gone to the sports day but it started raining so I went back home to more movies. This time I watched "White House Down" ... I liked the story generally, and I can so see a scenario like what took place in the movie, happening in the US. The general thing that is, not the whole bombs and rocket launcher stuff...

The little girl wasn't the best at acting at all. But she's a little girl so its ok. I give it a 7.5/10 just like "man of steel" up top.


Overworking In Japan May Cause Death

Its no secret that Japanese in a general sense either love to work or like to make others work. The rich guys here have no problem in making their employees do mad over time. Even the government workers  can't escape this. Teachers and all. Its just a busy society. 

Thirty-four people involved in training programs for non-Japanese died in fiscal 2008, up 13 from the previous year and marking a record high, according to a survey by a government-linked training body.

The leading causes of death were brain and heart disease, which claimed 16 lives, while five trainees were killed in work-related accidents and four died in traffic accidents. Supporters of foreign trainees said they suspect many of the deaths blamed on brain and heart disorders were actually the result of overwork.
The Japan International Training Cooperation Organization, which conducted the survey, said the 34 who died were mostly in their 20s and 30s and that the ratio of brain and heart disease was roughly double that of Japanese in the same age bracket

You think the guys who run these companies give a damn? There is hardly any change in the work environment. People are stressed at work. sometimes doing nothing. But they have to be there.



Day 2041 ( This is the End / Despicable me / Spartacus )
Sunday, October 20, 2013 (5 years 7 months)

Today was one of those movie days again. A lazy Sunday. I watched "This is the end" not sure where I heard about it before but it got my interest and I watched it. It is supposed to be a comedy but much of it was quite corny. It has an all star cast, many actors and famous people in it. If you haven't seen any of their movies, you will find it even more stupid. Some very gross stuff is in it as well. I give it a 5/10 only because I laughed a few times.


I also saw an animated movie name "Despicable me" It has been around since 2010 but it was my first time seeing it. I usually see the minions (those tiny yellow things) on youtube and all over the internet but had no idea it was from a movie.

As is most animes for me, it was fun to watch. Family oriented but funny and has a good theme. I give it a 6.5/10


And now because Dexter is all over, I needed another series to fill that gap. And I found one... I was introduced to this series by my Jamaican friend about 2 years ago. And I finally decided to give it a chance. So far so good. Spartacus ..... I really enjoy the story and the direction where it going so far. I just don't really fancy the blood, gore and random naked men walking around sometimes.... The women I can deal with :)



Day 2042 ( J's Party )
Monday, October 21, 2013

Had only 1 class and I mostly run around with the 4 kids in the class. They already know most of the contents in the lesson so I am out of ideas as to what to do with them now. So they suggested running around playing tag... So that's mostly what I did.


I then went to a birthday party for one of the guys I play futsal (indoors soccer) with. He frequently has parties and/or outings. Really cool guy.

That's not him... This dude is crazy

Same idiot from up top

Bet you can't find me



Day 2043 ( Being Half Japanese in Japan- Mixed Japanese )
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Usual busy Tuesdays. Only had 1 class at the High school where we spoke about gerunds. The went to Hiratsuka to teach business English. We spoke about travelling and airlines.


Being Half Japanese in Japan- Mixed Japanese

Around one in 49 babies born in Japan today are of mixed heritage. That’s a surprising figure considering that the country was closed off to foreigners for close to three centuries, way back when.

Until about two decades ago ha ̄fu (meaning “half-Japanese”) were viewed with a mixture of awe, envy, a bit of suspicion and a barrage of other emotions, some positive and some not. Now, mixed-race people are no longer that rare, and Japan has become more open about the whole thing. But have things really improved? Megumi Nishikura and Lara Perez Takagi’s documentary “Hafu” takes the bull by the horns and the results are intriguing.

The directors themselves are both of mixed cultures — and together they have a boatload of experience when it comes to looking, acting and feeling different on the archipelago


Until about 10 years ago, the standard Japanese image of kids of mixed blood was that they were 1) gorgeous, 2) rich and 3) able to live in Japan with none of the kinks and hang out at Azabu clubs when they were 13. In high school, my girlfriends scorned their own Japanese heritage. The common reply to what we wanted to be when we graduated was “gaijin” (foreigner). Failing that, the next best option was to marry a gaijin and bear hāfu (mixed-race) kids, who would then automatically go on to have brilliant careers as newscasters or supermodels.




Day 2044 ( Double Wammy Typhoons / Fukushima Diary )
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I had no lessons today at my main school. So I went there late. Only to get a call from a teacher saying I was supposed to mock interview a student. So now all the teachers know that I have a problem with time!! Even for work in Japan jeez...This is nothing new... Been happening to me since my first job after university in Jamaica.

I eventually did the mock interview along with another teacher. Then later on I went to the YMCA. I have 6 or 7 kids that I have to deal with on Wednesdays and they are a headache. I told the YMCA people to give me adults or teens... Not kids!!! But kids bring in the money so what to do?? After my headache classes I had my private student in Starbucks. He said 2 typhoons are coming. So after one left last week... 2 more are heading this way... Japan is like a pin in a bowling alley. The typhoons are racing to see which will hit Japan first.

As Japan recovers from one typhoon, another is on its doorstep.
Typhoon Wipha struck the country just a week ago. Typhoon Francisco is now on its way to the island, packing sustained winds near 150 km/h with gusts of 222 km/h and is moving west-northwestward at 15 km/h.
The storm is expected to make landfall near Tokyo Friday or Saturday as a category one typhoon.

Less than a week after being hit by the largest typhoon in a decade, Tokyo is bracing for another strong storm that will likely reach the area Saturday, and it may get merged with an even stronger approaching tempest.

Though less powerful than Typhoon Wipha, incoming tropical cyclone Francisco is rated as “strong,” the Meteorological Agency said. But on a possible collision course is Typhoon Lekima, considered “more fierce.”

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Typhoon Francisco, the 27th this year, was located about 180 km south of Minamidaito Island, east of Okinawa, heading northwest at a speed of 15 kph.


If you want to keep seriously up to date with what is going on with the nuclear stuff in Fukushima, then check out this site...


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Japanese Wives Mostly Stay Home (Re-post) / Japan 7 Star Train

Days 2027 - 2037 (11 Days)
Sunday, October 6 - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Day 2027 ( US Shutdown causes panic )
Sunday, October 6, 2013

Went to church today with my friend then to an Indian restaurant afterwards. I wish there was a restaurant like this near to my apartment. Good food for relatively cheap. We saw this cool dog while heading back to my apartment.


U.S. paralysis leaves travel agencies scrambling

Majide!!! (Really!!!)

The U.S. government shutdown that started at midnight Monday has impacted the global travel industry, with tourist agencies in Japan scrambling to avoid severe losses.

The failure of Democrats and Republicans to agree on a new budget saw the closure of 401 national parks, museums, zoos and other public attractions that draw Japanese tourists across the U.S.

“Such attractions as Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon are very popular with Japanese visitors,” a spokesman at Kinki Nippon Tourist Co., one of the nation’s largest travel agencies, told The Japan Times on Wednesday. “They are part of many package tours that our company offers.”

Asked about the potential impact on the firm’s business, he said it has already received cancellation requests from customers. He speculated, however, that the effect may not be significant.



Day 2028 ( Japan's 7 Star Train to Raise Price to 770,000 yen or US$7700  )
Monday, October 7, 2013

Just did one class at the YMCA then went home. All I did was call some card names with them, jump around with them a bit and that was it.


JR Kyushu raising rate for Seven Stars train

Kyushu Railway Co. will raise the price of the most expensive package for its Seven Stars luxury train service to ¥770,000 per person for double-occupancy, an increase of about ¥200,000, starting with July 2014 departures, a JR Kyushu official said.

JR Kyushu decided on the increase because the quality of recently built train cars exceeded the firm’s expectations, the official said. The carrier will start taking reservations for the newly priced services in January.

The Seven Stars service, offering 14 guest compartments, will launch Oct. 15. The current price for the most expensive package, a three-night, four-day trip for two in the DX Suite A, costs ¥550,000 to ¥566,000 per person.

The price of this package will be raised to ¥770,000 per person, or a total of 1.54 million for a party of two.



Day 2029 ( Swedish Exchange Student Troubles / Scuba Diving Student )
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

There is an exchange student at my Tuesday school. She is from the nearest country to Norway :) and speaks some amount of English but almost no Japanese. So she is in the classes staring in space. She hasn't a clue what is going on.
I spoke to her for about 40 mins today because its test time now, and you know she can't understand it.

She said she is having a bit of a hard time in Japan. She said her math classes are especially terrible because she won't be doing that level of math until say the next 2 years. She also said that when she just came to the class, the students tried to speak to her but now!!! they avoid her like the plague. All the other students do is say "hello" "goodbye" that's it. So she is bored at school. But it doesn't end there. Her host parents are rich, live near the beach and drive a jaguar. She loves the beach but she can't go because her host parents hate the beach. They told her she can go if she want, but she doesn't even know how to open their door lol. Too much security stuff. So she is at home bored as well.

She also said that her host parents have a dog name Allan.... Her name hmm lets just say it sounds like Allan.... So whenever they call her, the dog also comes. Whenever they call the dog, she also goes...And this happens everyday.


After my Tuesday school, I went to Komatsu to teach business English. There is a new student there. He has a doctorate in Laser Technology!!! But his English isn't all that good. Well his spoken English that is. He writes and reads pretty well. He is Japanese but believe me, he looks almost exactly like Mark Ruffalo (Dude that acted as Hulk in Avengers and the police dude in "Now you see me")

He said he is a scuba diving expert and even encountered a huge shark on one of his diving trips. He said the shark didn't attack him but he was shocked and scared!!! ...



Day 2030 ( Japanese Wives Mostly Stay Home  )
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Had no YMCA after my main job today because the YMCA is having some training exercises all this week. I will be attending one tomorrow for 2 hours. So after my main job, I went home then to my private student.


A friend of mine ask me some time ago while living in Okayama... "Why doesn't my land lord invite his wife out with him when we meet" ... I also notice that many of my Japanese friends who are married, they some how hide their wives.... a part of the answer is that, many of them are stay-home wives. Another answer (especially for rural Japanese) is that they don't want to shock their wives too much by introducing them to a foreigner. If some Japanese can face the facts, a couple of them really don't want to be seen with foreigners. I saw this quite a bit in Okayama. Where I would see someone I knew for a while, speak with them in private and all is well.... But when there are around their friends, they kinda give you the cold shoulder or look at you strange, like their friends do......

Back to the stay home Japanese wives... Well yeah most Japanese wives stay home at nights ...taking care of the kids and the house. Well that's if they don't have the 18 hour jobs that most Japanese in general has. Its just an understanding in Japanese culture that the husband goes out and chill, gets drunk and do silly things with their friends, while the wives stay in, look after the kids and house stuff. If the wives have the 18 hour jobs, then they stay at work all day while the kids either stay home with the grand mother or stay at a nursery school for a bit. 

I must also mention that most Japanese, maybe 65% of them, don't depart from their parent's home....Especially in rural areas..... Its either both parties in the marriage agree to stay with the husband's parents or with the parents of the wife. So a normal Japanese house hold may consist of husband, wife, kids, plus mother and father of either the husband or the wife. There is this lady I know, her husband's family has a massive field with crops of all sorts. Now, this lady who is not used to the planting and uprooting business, is stuck every month or so, having to go and look after crops in the field. We asked her if she like to do it. And her response was "I HATE IT" ... But she has to do it... 

You have a minor few of the wives who go out occasionally and as soon as it touches a certain time, they have to rush home. Now it leaves me to wonder, how much time the husband and their wives spend together here????? I've never asked this question to a married Japanese couple before. But looking on, most foreigners deduce that, the Japanese wives hardly get any love from their husbands, that is if they want the love anyway.....It seem both are either too busy for each other, or love/sex is not an important element in their marriage. If that is so, why are there so many perverted Japanese men ?? Look at the windows of any convenience store... You will see many Japanese men reading erotic comics..... I don't know!!! 

A married Japanese lady told me that she and her husband hasn't had a proper conversation in years... You know why??? The police caught him in the train taking pictures of up skirts!!!! WHAT!!! A student told me that her parents doesn't even speak to each other.... And she hates returning home, because the house is very tense... So if she returns home, she locks up in her room. She said her parents walk past each other like zombies... Not a word..

Another mystery to us foreigners...



Day 2031 ( Monsters University / Japanese Court Bans Hate Speech)
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Went to the YMCA in Yokohama today. they were having some training workshop thing. I got there about 10 mins late. I stayed there for 2 hours and listened to 2 presentations about teaching early childhood kids. The first presentation was ok but the second one was done via online like a skype lesson of sorts. But I was falling asleep. I will be paid 1500 yen for attending this thing. It's better than zero... and I didn't have to do anything but sit down.


When I got home, I watched Monsters University.

It was ok...If you start watching it, you will want to see it until the end. Interesting story about team work. The concept was also original and interesting. I give it a 7/10.


Court bans rightists’ hate speech, rallies

The Kyoto District Court ordered anti-Korean activists Monday to pay damages for disrupting classes at a Korean school by staging demonstrations during which they used hate speech, and banned them from staging further rallies.
The landmark ruling acknowledged for the first time the explicit insults used in the rallies constituted racial discrimination, human rights experts said, and it could prompt a move to exempt hate speech from free-speech rights under the Constitution.

Presiding Judge Hitoshi Hashizume said the actions of Zaitokukai members and other activists who shouted hate-speech slogans near the school and posted video footage of the demonstrations online were “illegal.”
The actions “constitute racial discrimination as defined by the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” which Japan has ratified, Hashizume said.

Zaitokukai and the activists were ordered to pay about ¥12 million and banned from street demonstrations within a 200-meter radius of the pro-Pyongyang Korean school in the city of Kyoto. The operator of the school had sought ¥30 million in damages.




Day 2032 ( Getting a Dodgy Divorce in Japan - Story from an American Male )
Friday, October 11, 2013

Did 3 classes at my main school today. I didn't stay for soccer because after my last class, the school seemed empty. Plus there was no YMCA today. One female student saw me going to the English room and she said to me ... Dave sensei no jugyo tanoshimi (I am looking forward to your class/Your classes are fun)... I was happy to hear that.


Getting a dodgy divorce is easy; annulling the decision is anything but

‘I am an American male and have been married to a Japanese woman for about a year and a half,” a reader writes. “One day, I came home from work and found that my wife had left a divorce decree on the kitchen table with a note. I was shocked!

“The first thing that came to mind was, ‘How can she get a divorce without my signature?’
I checked with the city office and by law, they will accept a divorce paper as long as all the fields are filled out. There is no way for them to verify a foreigner’s signature. I got a copy of the document and saw that my wife had written my name in Japanese characters and used my gift stamp with my name on as a stamp. This stamp is not registered.

“I was told by family court that I had to file a petition with the family court where she is now living to nullify the divorce decree on the grounds of fraud. So I did so, along with evidence of my signature. We received a notice in the mail to appear in family court at a later date.

“My questions are: 1) What happens if she does not show up? 2) Will the court automatically nullify the divorce? 3) Does my wife have to fill out some form admitting that she falsified the divorce paper? 4) If she refuses to admit to the falsification, what is the next step? 5) Could she go to jail for this and, if so, for how long?”

Under Japanese law, a divorce can be finalized by mutual consent, and the process — known as kyōgi rikon — is simple and very popular. First, one or both of the parties are supposed to fill in a rikon todoke (divorce notification paper), which both partners then stamp (or sign, if a foreign spouse does not have a personal hanko seal). The paper is then submitted to your city hall or municipal office. Both parties do not have to go to city hall together to present the document; it can even be submitted by a third party.

The drawback of such a straightforward procedure is the ease with which a spouse can forge the other’s signature or, as in the reader’s case, use their seal without their partner’s knowledge. This issue was covered in more depth in our April column, “Fujuri todoke: a valuable insurance policy if your marriage is on the rocks.” In the column, Mikiko Otani advised a reader who was worried that their spouse might apply for a kyōgi rikon without their consent to consider submitting a fujuri todoke (request not to accept notification) form, which would prevent the kyōgi rikon from being accepted at city hall.

You can read the remaining story here



Day 2033 ( Another Studio Recording )
Saturday, October 12, 2013

The students in my last class at the YMCA on Saturdays are really upsetting me. I don't know what to do with them except play. They really don't want to study.... And if I start playing with them, they get really, uncomfortably noisy.


Went to the studio today with my friend and recorded a new track for my upcoming album.. lol... It felt good typing that. I am putting some studio recordings together... Not sure if I will try to make an album because I am really poor at advertising myself.

I recorded my song "Baby mi love yuh" ... (Baby I love you) ... It cost 5000 yen. Even if I spent the entire day, the cost would have still been 5000 yen... This is the cheapest studio I've been to so far... and the quality is pretty decent. I recorded it at a Japanese reggae artist's studio name YOYO-C. Its the song at the beginning of this my third video for my VLOG... that I just can't keep up with. Its also the second song I sang at the festival in the video.





Day 2034 ( Simone's Party )
Sunday, October 13, 2013

Me and my friend tried to help another friend get a Japanese credit card...But it didn't work out :(

Later on I went to Harajuku in Tokyo at the Jamaican restaurant (Jam rock) where I usually do my performances. This time I went to a friend's birthday party. I went to her party last year and it was fun. So I went again this year. It was even more fun. There was poetry, dancing and nuff vibes.

Big up yuh self Richel

Happy Birthday Sims and big up yuh self Mami

Big Dancer Corn Bread

Mi and mi bredrin Yamato

Greg, Apple, Dionne, and cute up cute up Bramwell



Day 2035 ( The Purge / Epic )
Monday, October 14, 2013

Today was another Japanese holiday but luckily or unluckily I didn't have to go the YMCA. I went to the dentist to get a cleaning. I notice that Japanese people in general will spend close to an hour brushing their teeth but they won't floss nor make regular visits to the dentist. I made it a practice since I was like 16 to visit the dentist at least twice a year.

After the dentist, I watched 2 movies. First I watched "The Purge" A thriller with an interesting concept. Where once every year in the US, for 12 hours, all crimes are allowable, even murder. So if you hate someone, this is the day to go kill them, you won't get arrested. The story was interesting but the ending was really blaaah... I expected more. I give it a 6.5/10

Afterwards, I watched an animated movie name "Epic" not as epic as the name suggests but still fun to watch. Beautiful graphics and nice story with a deep meaning. It is mostly a kids flick but has an adult theme so I don't know. I give it a 6.5/10 just like the purge. Just slightly better than average.



Day 2036 ( Got Soaked by Typhoon Rains )
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I didn't even know a typhoon was coming until yesterday. Every time I hear about a typhoon coming to Japan I kinda laugh because they are usually not so strong or don't usually come where I am. However this one was heading straight towards the area where I live now. So I went to my Tuesday school in the rain and did about 10 mins in one class. Otherwise than that I was studying.

I then headed towards the area to do my business English class. It started to get dark and the rain was getting heavier. After 30 mins of waiting, 2 of my intermediate students came in. The same laser dude from last week and another regular student. The laser dude got soaked in the rain and still came to class. After the class, I waited for the advanced students... But by this time, the rain was pouring. Then one student showed up. One that doesn't usually show up. Why did he decide to come today is a mystery....

We spoke for a while then he said, maybe I should stop the class earlier today and head home. Because the rain is going to get worst and trains may either get seriously delayed or stop running all together. So I ended the class at 8. But this was apparently too late.  When I got out, some serious rain was pouring down. Luckily a bus came in less than 10 minutes. But I still had some walking to do. at least a combined 17 minutes of walk in the rain. the umbrella is only doing very little. When I got home, quite a bit of the stuff in bag got wet. But the bag is strong so the stuff weren't all that wet. I need to invest in one of those waterproof bag things.


Largest typhoon in a decade heads toward Tokyo

The strongest typhoon to reach Tokyo in 10 years was expected to slam into the region with full force Wednesday morning, the Meteorological Agency said.

The agency warned of strong winds, high waves and heavy rainfall in wide areas from western to northern Japan, cautioning against extensive transportation disruptions during the morning rush hour.

Generating winds of at least 90 kph as far as 240 km to the east and 190 km to the west of its center, Typhoon Wipha, the 26th of the year, was as powerful as the strong typhoon that crossed the eastern tip of Japan in October 2004, the agency said.


Day 2037 ( Work After A Big Typhoon )
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

So I still had work after that huge typhoon. But work started at 1:25 instead of 10:50. I still got to work late because the trains were off schedule and running very slow because of a landslide not far from me. While going to work, I saw one of my female students. We were both surprise to see each other. I told her that I don't think she has any class and could go home. But just to make sure, she should check it out. So she did and indeed she pretty much wasted her time. I of course did nothing at work because there were no students. But If I don't go, I won't be paid so why not.

Later on I went to the YMCA and it was on like nothing happened. All my students were there, as noisy as ever.


This is what the typhoon did......

At least 17 dead, 50 missing as Typhoon Wipha grazes Japan

A typhoon killed 17 people in Japan on Wednesday, most on an offshore island, but largely spared the capital and caused no new disaster as it brushed by the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station.

Typhoon Wipha roared up Japan's east coast, forcing the evacuation of about 20,000 people from their homes because of flooding and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.Sixteen people were killed on Izu Oshima island about 120 kilometres south of Tokyo, as rivers burst their banks.

Meanwhile, the island's local authority says it has not been able to confirm the whereabouts of 50 of Izu Oshima's more than 8,300 residents.
The storm set off mudslides along a two-kilometre stretch of mountains.