Five Hobbies That Prevent Guys From Getting a Girlfriend in Japan / Pushy Japanese Old People

Days 2087 - 2093
Thursday, December 5 - Wednesday, December 11, 2013  

Day 2087 ( RIP Nelson Mandella )
Thursday, December 5, 2013

For the first time in like 2 months, I again turned on my Playstation 3. I actually felt bored and slightly depressed staying in all day!!! Am I becoming a workaholic???? This is scary. I am usually happy for the holidays. Now, not so much it seem.


RIP Nelson Mandella

Late news but still ..... Today an icon of immeasurable proportion died. Possibly the greatest civil rights activist to ever live.

Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died Thursday aged 95.

Mandela, who was elected South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state.

His condition deteriorated and he died following complications from the lung infection, with his family by his side.

The news was announced by a clearly emotional South African president Jacob Zuma live on television, who said Mandela had “departed” and was at peace.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Zuma. “What made Nelson Mandela great is precisely what made him human.”

Mandela, once a boxer, had a long history of lung problems after contracting tuberculosis while in jail on Robben Island.

His extraordinary life story, quirky sense of humor and lack of bitterness towards his former oppressors ensured global appeal for the charismatic leader.

Once considered a terrorist by the United States and Britain for his support of violence against the apartheid regime, at the time of his death, he was an almost unimpeachable moral icon.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner spent 27 years behind bars before being freed in 1990 to lead the African National Congress (ANC) in negotiations with the white minority rulers which culminated in the first multiracial elections in 1994.

A victorious Mandela served a single term as president before taking up a new role as a roving elder statesman and leading AIDS campaigner before finally retiring from public life in 2004.

“When he emerged from prison people discovered that he was all the things they had hoped for and more,” fellow Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said.

“He is by far the most admired and revered statesperson in the world and one of the greatest human beings to walk this earth.”



Day 2088 ( World Cup Brazil Zones / 80 Reptiles in a Small Room in Osaka  )
Friday, December 6, 2013

After teaching 1 class at my main school, some students gave me a brief interview, asking stuff like : When did I first fall in love (as in at high school or college) and at what age. Then they drew my picture... Or attempted to draw it.... Nice pic I think though. It captured more my personality than the true physical me.

After my main job, I went to a lady's house (from the YMCA) to try to fix her computer. Why did I tell them I know about computers? This happened quite a bit in Jamaica ... first time now in Japan. The problem is I'm sure she has no intention of paying, but she and her husband will give me dinner. I had that long break between jobs so I decided to go.

It seem like something is wrong with her video card and I have no clue about video cards of a laptop. However her husband came with an ingenious idea of hooking up the computer to the TV (like what I do in my apartment) and basically use the TV as the computer monitor.... It didn't even cross my mind !!! Even though this is what I do in my apartment !! So they are going to buy a HDMI cable and attach it to their TV from the laptop.


World Cup Brazil Zones

Groups A and G seem to be the danger groups.

I'm a life long fan of Brazil I don't care how many times they lose or how badly they play.

Porto Alegre, Brazil 2006


Osaka police find 80 reptiles in one-room apartment

Venomous lizards and snakes up to three meters long were among 80 reptiles police found crammed into a one-room apartment in Osaka, an official said Tuesday.

Officers were called by a frantic neighbor who saw a huge snake slithering along a wall outside the apartment.

When police raided the apartment, they found dozens of snakes, including a three-meter boa constrictor, as well as a number of lizards. All were being kept in individual containers in the 10-square-meter room.

Officers seized 25 of the creatures, which were being kept without the necessary permits, the official said.

The owner, a man in his 40s, was not arrested, but the case was sent to the prosecutors’ office on suspicion he had violated the law on the welfare and management of animals, police said.

“The man told us he kept them as pets and fed them on things like frozen mice. We are investigating where he obtained these reptiles,” the police official said.



Day 2089 ( Senso-ji / 47 Ronin / Hunger Games / PS4 Sales Exceed 2.1 Million )
Saturday, December 7, 2013

After teaching 3 classes at the YMCA, I rushed to meet my friend in Asakusa. We went to Senso-ji where the big kaminari mon gate is.

We then went to see 47 Ronin. Great movie by the way.

Some of the acting was a bit off but... It was awesome in general. Never knew it was a true story until my friend mentioned it to me.... Well the magic and demon stuff is of course just to make the story nicer but it was still great. The end was really sad but nice ending nevertheless. A Canadian, fierce movie critic and gaming acquaintance of mine said he didn't like the idea of how Hollywood takes away a story and make a "white guy" come to save the day. I give the movie 8/10.

Also watched Hunger Games, the first one.

I was hearing a lot about this show but it didn't catch my attention (actually I thought it was a series.. you know like game of thrones etc) until I notice the theaters and my friends on facebook showing the trailer of part 2. So I decided to finally watch it. I enjoyed it for the most part, got lost a few times in it to be honest but it was pretty decent overall. Not as great as I anticipated based on the hype surrounding it. I give it a 7.5/10


PlayStation 4 sales exceed 2.1 million units

Sony said on Tuesday it has sold more than 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles after less than three weeks on the market, as it battles Microsoft and Nintendo for supremacy in the lucrative gaming sector.

The eagerly-awaited PlayStation sold more than one million units in just one day after its Nov 15 debut in North America and Sony said Tuesday it was on track to hit a worldwide target of 5.0 million units by March.

The latest PlayStation, which will be released in its home market Japan in February, is now being sold in 32 countries.

“PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history with the North American release and we’ve continued this incredibly successful start in Europe, Australasia and Latin America,” Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, said in a statement.

Sony’s latest sales figures come after Microsoft said its new Xbox One console also sold over one million units in 24 hours following its Nov 22 release.



Day 2090 ( Five Hobbies That Prevent Guys From Getting a Girlfriend in Japan )
Sunday, December 8, 2013

Stayed in for the entire day doing random things.


[There’s a couple weeks to go before] Christmas Eve, the most romantic night of the year in Japan. As the special night approaches, lovelorn single men throughout the country are scrambling to up their game in order to attract a date before Santa starts his rounds.
As a handy starter guide, Japanese women in a recent poll listed the top five hobbies that are immediate deal breakers when judging if a guy is boyfriend material.
The poll was conducted by a Japanese fashion magazine, with 259 women responding. Let’s take a look and see where we’re going right, or perhaps very, very wrong.

5. Dessert/cafe nut (8 votes)

Japan is in the midst of a dessert boom, with everything from Hawaiian-style pancakes topped with mountains of fruit and whipped cream to cherry blossom-infused muffins and cakes ready to satisfy your sweet tooth. The country is dotted with independent cafes, and even among chains, many of their tempting menu items are only available for limited times.

But while making a pilgrimage to whichever bakery has the newest, tastiest roll cake is a common enough pastime for young women in Japan, some of them don’t seem to appreciate a guy who shares their appreciation for the sweeter things in life, and would apparently prefer a man with a more traditionally masculine palate, so if you’re looking to impress, say no to cake, guys.

4. Train fan (12 votes)

In almost all cultures, there’s a period growing up where young boys get really into trains, perhaps because they speak to their aspirations for strength and power. Whatever the reason, it’s perfectly natural, and after a few years this usually gives way to the other normal male obsessions of dinosaurs, sports, and finally girls.

In Japan though, some men hold on to their passion for trains. They crowd the platforms to catch a glimpse whenever a new type of car is being debuted or retired. They travel the country to snap photos of obscure local service trains in rural areas.

They make some girls not want to date them because of their off-beat hobby.

3. Anime otaku (42 votes) <This is the closest one that I could fall in>

It may seem like faint praise, but it’s a sign of the times that hardcore animation fan is only number three on a list of hobbies women can’t stand in a boyfriend.

For starters, high-brow animation houses such as Studio Ghibli have been cranking out anime with mainstream appeal, such as the #1 movie in Japan this year, “The Wind Rises,” that prove anime isn’t merely the niche hobby it once was.

Secondly, each year sees the ranks of female anime otaku grow larger and larger, with the industry producing more and more content for them. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and it’s hard to criticize a guy for liking the latest Gundam series when you’ve got posters from ab-centric swimming anime Free! on your bedroom walls.

2. Idol otaku (45 votes)

Obsessing over idol singers used to be a part-time gig. A new starlet would appear on the scene, there’d be intense interest in her for a couple of months, and then things would die down after either photos of her with a boyfriend (scandalous!) surfaced, or her costume designers ran out of places to add ribbons to her stage outfit, thus forcing her retirement at the ripe old age of 22 or so.

Nowadays though, when ensemble idol units such as AKB 48 have a rotating roster of performers bigger than most privately owned businesses, the idol world never stands still. With so many up and coming singers who need to be nurtured with their fans’ attention (and their money in the form of album sales), some women looking for a boyfriend deduce there’s not going to be much left over for their own relationship.

1. Gambler (152 votes)

The runaway winner (loser?) of the poll as to which hobby would kill a guy’s chance with the respondents was gambling. For a country that doesn’t have any officially designated casinos, Japan is filled with places to place a wager, whether it be at one of its ubiquitous pachinko parlors, mahjong dens, horse tracks, speedboat racing facilities, or even bicycle racing tracks. And the ladies really don’t care for it.

The one and only constant of gambling is that the house always wins. Many women, particularly those in their 20s who are reaching the age when they start thinking about cohabiting and thus merging their finances with their significant other, couldn’t accept their boyfriend throwing away his money in such a manner. So as fun and thrilling as games of chance may be, if you’re looking to find love in Japan, you might want to keep your love of poker on the down-low.



Day 2091 ( Many Elderly Japanese Have Bad Manners  )
Monday, December 9, 2013

Had my students make Christmas cards today. They were surprisingly behaving today and enjoying the activity. I'm gonna make them do it again next week!!


Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable

Respect for the elderly is a Confucian virtue Japan was once famous for. Whose fault is it if the virtue has weakened? Young people’s, because they no longer know what respect is? Or old people’s, because they are no longer respectable?

Largely the latter, maintains Shukan Josei (Dec 10). The elderly, it says, are developing atrocious manners.

They are rude, pushy, selfish and loud-mouthed – “not everyone, of course,” it hastens to add; “maybe even only a few – but the impression those few make really stands out.”

The anecdotes it relates are the kind of thing we’re used to hearing about ill-mannered teenagers. The prime setting is the commuter train, a claustrophobic nightmare at the best of times, more so when ordinary civilized behavior breaks down. You can see it happening on Twitter, where on Nov 18 someone posted a photo of an elderly woman seated on one seat, her purse and shopping bag on the seat beside her, blithely ignoring the standing throng – among which, apparently, was a pregnant woman.

A male commuter finally spoke up: “How about giving her your seat?”

“I’m waiting for a friend,” the woman shot back.

A young student chimed in, “You ought to be ashamed!”

Finally, grudgingly, the woman took her things off the seat.

Another train story Shukan Josei regales us with: It was so tight that it was just about impossible to move. A woman in her 60s suddenly cried out, “Chikan!” (“He’s groping me!”). The target was a man also in his 60s. It could have got ugly. A young woman nearby spoke up: “He didn’t do anything! You’re the one who’s shoving!” The woman turned on her: “What are you poking your nose in for? Shut up!”



Day 2092 ( Medical Marijuana Firm In Jamaica )
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ok so now I am having all kinda cold symptoms !!! But still ran to my business English class.
My business English classes are dwindling in the Christmas season. But at least 1 or 2 are still coming. If only no one came, I would just get paid and leave. Only 1 student came to the intermediate class, and all we spoke about was his wedding recently and about Jamaica. He has a very keen interest in Jamaica. And hope to visit there someday.


Jamaican scientist launches medical marijuana firm

A prominent Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur is launching a company that aims to capitalize on medical marijuana, a growing global industry that he asserted Wednesday could be a boon for the island’s chronically limping economy.

Henry Lowe, a researcher who specializes in medicinal chemistry and the chairman of an institute that develops therapeutic and cosmetic products from various plants in Jamaica, is calling his new venture Medicanja. It will focus on isolating medicinal compounds in the cannabis plant, known locally as “ganja,” and Lowe said the research will not violate any local laws or international conventions.

Lowe said Jamaica could become a powerhouse in the nascent medical marijuana industry, health tourism and the development of innovative pot-derived items. Local scientists already have a history of creating marijuana-derived products, such as “Canasol,” which helps relieve pressure in the eyes of glaucoma patients.

“This is a big opportunity for us,” Lowe said in a phone interview.

Marijuana is pervasive on the Caribbean island despite being prohibited since 1913. It’s long been used as a medicinal herb by Jamaican families and as a spiritual sacrament by Rastafarians. In 2001, a government-appointed commission said pot was “culturally entrenched” and recommended decriminalization, but the effort stalled.

Advocates for pot say it’s time for Jamaica to give its moribund economy a boost by embracing cannabis-related ventures. With a growing number of U.S. states changing their marijuana laws, and voters in Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana, the activists say Jamaica should decriminalize pot and stop worrying that might anger the U.S. The island has long been the Caribbean’s biggest pot exporter to the U.S.



Day 2093 (  )
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

There is test going on at my main school now so all I did today was sit, stare in space and talk about Japanese politics with a teacher.