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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Weird/Unflattering Nicknames That Jamaicans Give Their Friends / Top 5 Ski and Snow Board Areas In Japan

Days 2136 - 2142
Thursday, January 23 - Wednesday, January 29, 2014 

Welcome to another week of my crazy, sometimes boring, sometimes interesting life in Yokohama, Japan.

Funny / Weird Picture of the Week (yeah this is my new initiative)

Pika boo!

Day 2136 ( 905 Students Suffer Food Poisoning )
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Stayed in most of the day blogging and played some games a bit to ease my mind as apparently I'm stressed about something. My left eye has been twitching for almost a month now. VERRRRY ANNOYING!!! Or maybe I just need to take a rest from the computer/Television (My TV is my computer screen). I also printed an article to help my 3rd year volunteer student at my main school with a summary exercise. The article was about Bill Gates searching frantically for a new CEO to head Microsoft.


This is kind of late news, as I've not been on top of my news reading recently.

905 students, 41 staff suffer food poisoning at Hamamatsu schools

Health and education officials in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, said Thursday that 905 students and 41 teachers and staff at 14 elementary schools suffered food poisoning on Wednesday and Thursday.
The affected people showed symptoms of food poisoning, said the local education board.
“Most of them developed such symptoms Wednesday night. They had eaten school lunch but any causal relation with the symptoms have yet to be confirmed,” said Seiko Terada, director of health at the board.
“We have detected norovirus in 11 stool samples taken from some of the affected pupils,” Hamamatsu city health official Toshihiko Furuta told a news conference late Thursday.
Twelve of the 14 affected schools were closed Thursday and will remain shut until at least the end of Friday.
According to the board of education, school lunches served this week might have been the source of the epidemic. Lunches are made at each school and health officials are checking to see if there were any ingredients sourced from the same supplier.

Day 2137 ( Starbucks Card )
Friday, January 24, 2014

Had 2 classes at my main school and also my volunteer student who I'm trying to help to get into a very difficult university here in Japan. I think she will get in though. Then went to YMCA in the night.

I filled out some sort of survey thing about a month ago online. And the survey promised that I "MAY" get a 1000 yen starbucks card. So I did in fact get it today. It will help for at least 3 weeks with my starbucks purchases when I go there on Wednesdays for my private lesson.

I need a manicure!

 This is the incomplete me that the YMCA students created today.

Can't recognize what they were trying to accomplish here



Day 2138 ( Performance at Jamrock 4th Anniversary )
Saturday, January 25, 2014

Worked at the YMCA again then performed at the Jamrock Restaurant in Harajuku, Tokyo for their 4th anniversary. 


5 of Japan’s best locations to ski and snowboard

It’s still January, so the snow’s not going anywhere quite yet, but when the weather starts to warm up and the green begins to peek through the white we may wish we’d spent more time on the piste and less time thinking about it, so let’s get right to it.

5. Monstrous conditions: Zao, Yamagata Prefecture
Kicking us off is a resort not especially well-known outside of Japan. Zao has been described by foreign visitors as everything from “simply beautiful” to “snowboarding heaven,” and it’s not hard to see why. This place has some of the widest runs you’re likely to come across in Japan, making it perfect for those wanting learn to ski or snowboard or those who want to try out a few new tricks without having to constantly look over their shoulder, but perhaps the coolest thing about snowboarding on Mount Zao are the “snow monsters” that line the runs. As the winter wind blows and droplets of water from the nearby lake come into contact with the snow-covered trees in the area, bizarre shapes are formed and freeze solid, making the mountain look like it is covered with the frozen remains of mythical beasts. Along with the high quality snow that Yamagata Prefecture is treated to each winter, Zao pretty much guarantees good times on the piste. More info
4. Monkey business: Shiga Kougen, Nagano Prefecture
It’s probably no surprise to find a ski resort on our list situated in Nagano, the home of the 1998 Winter Olympics, but Shiga Kougen (or Shiga Highlands) is a must for those who can’t get enough of the white stuff. Spanning a whopping 21 resorts – all of which are accessible with just one ticket – Shiga Kougen occupies a massive 4.3 square kilometres (1.6 square miles) of mountain, making it one of the world’s largest resorts and packed full of variety. The snow quality is of course superb, there’s snowmobiling to enjoy when your legs eventually get tired, oh, and there are wild monkeys that enjoy taking dips in the natural hot springs dotted around the area. Monkeys! What else could you possibly want for? More info
3. Chillin’ up north: Furano, Hokkaido
Located not far from Asahikawa City (which is home to a great Fuyu Matsuri, or winter festival, each year), the Furano Ski Resort is spread over two main areas, both operated by the Prince Hotels Group. There is plenty for advanced snowboarders and skiers to enjoy at Furano, but for intermediates and those still learning the ropes especially this location is ideal, with tons of runs and some amazing powder snow. A word of warning, though: off-piste boarders will be spotted and stopped by the resort’s many hawk-eyed staff, so if you live to dodge trees while carving you’re likely going to have a hard time. More info
2. From downtown: Hakuba Happo One, Nagano Prefecture
Located in the Hakuba ski resort of Nagano Prefecture, Happo One takes our second spot thanks to its wonderful snow and usually great conditions. Just as importantly, though, it is within relatively easy reach of Tokyo, with direct links from the city and Narita Airport (through which overseas travellers usually enter the country), so if you’re visiting Japan and don’t wish to spend your entire time on a mountain, you can blend city adventures with powder fun relatively easily. Happo One boasts 13 pistes that (although lower-level snow lovers will still find suitable runs) are steeper and a little wilder than the average Japanese resort, so you won’t be disappointed, especially if you’re looking for somewhere to level up. More info
1. Powder heaven: Niseko United, Hokkaido

Our top spot, however, has to go to Niseko United. This is, in fact, four different resorts situated on the same mountain, the 1,308.5m (4,293ft) high Niseko Annupuri. Sure, this is in Hokkaido so it will require a little extra effort to get there, but the runs are as vast as they are various, and the powder you’ll find up here is considered some of, if not the best in all of Japan. The area is also incredibly accommodating to foreigners, and, along with dozens of restaurants and bars, there are hundreds of lodges, hotels and guest houses ready to take you in after a long day of snowboarding and skiing. If you only have time to hit one snow-covered mountain in Japan, make it this one.


Day 2139 ( Chiropractor Visit 1 / Weird and Unflattering Nicknames That Jamaicans Call Their Friends )

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Since I came to Japan, I have been having some serious back pains. The chairs here are definitely not made for foreigners. Probably not made for Japanese either with so many old people I see walking around with some serious deformities of their backs. Last week I woke up with an excruciating pain in my back. It wore off for a bit then happened again recently. An old friend of mine said I need to change my bed because it is too soft (don't ask). Or I should at least purchase a harder mattress to sleep on.  

I decided to go to the Chiropractor today. Luckily the chiropractor dude is a member of the band I play with from time to time. So he charged me only US$40 / 4000 yen. Though I am less than interested to have a male trying to sort out my back. I much prefer my friend here ......

Hey this was free!!!

He said my back is soft and I need to do more back exercises. Plus I probably need to change my bed and get a harder surface, as well as change my chair. A good chair in Japan is so darn expensive !!!


Weird and Unflattering Nicknames That Jamaicans Call Their Friends

So Jamaicans in general (certainly not all of us ... just in case any Japanese are reading and think all of us are the SAME!!!) tend to attach names to each other, based mostly on physical appearance. Most if not all of these names are quite discouraging and some are downright terrible.... To make matters worse ... You have NO CHOICE but to accept them or be tortured for life !.... And I do mean life if you end up living around these friends until you are old. Because the name will stick on you FOREVER !!! ... It is also possible for you to have more than one nickname, based on the amount of friends you have... for example, you go to school and they call you one name there, then at home, your friends there call you another name....

Jamaicans shouldn't be surprised if they return to their home town after several years, and an old friend see them and suddenly shout at the top of their voice " FATTA" (Name normally attached to a fat guy). Or a situation like this :

A Jamaican man walks through the shopping plaza with his wife and children on a busy Saturday afternoon. Out of nowhere comes a loud, piercing voice that seems to reverberate off the walls near him: "Yow Lippy! LIPPY!!! Backside, a you dat Lippy?”
The man pretends that he is not the one being called - not with THAT nickname and certainly not twenty years out of high school… And definitely not in public, with the family in tow. Finally, turning around, he looks carefully at the person calling to him. He vaguely remembers the face but the voice that continues to speak is unmistakable: “Lippy… how tings man? Bwoy, all ah now you nuh grow into dat lip yet, eh?”
And the humiliation continues.

Here are some of those nicknames given... and the possible reason why they were given that name:

Headz / Head boy / Head master (normally given to a guy who is considered to have a big head)

Blacka / Black man / midnight (normally given to a guy who is exceptionally dark skinned)

Redz / Red man / Brown man/ Red ibbo ( normally given to a male who has light skin .... as to what is an "ibbo"? - your guess is as good as mine)

Lippy / Lipton tea / Lipton (normally given to a male of female with thick lips)

Fatty / chubby (normally given to a fat girl)

Fatta / Bigs / Bigga (given to a fat male)

Tallist /Tall man / Stretch / legs (usually given to a tall male)

Bulby (usually given to a male or female with big/full eyes like yours truly )
2009 Bohol, The Philippines

These are some of the regular ones... Jamaicans can get creative though, and will give you a name based on an even that took place or on anything that comes to their/our minds.... I had another name "Public eye" ... Again because of my eye size... and yet another "Eye Ball" ..... My friends called a girl "Backula" (rhymes with Dracula) because she had a really broad back. Some of my friends at university called another guy "Batty Lizard" for reasons unknown to me. Batty man is a derogative name for gays.... But Batty Lizard?!?!
They called a guy at my high school "teetus titus don't bite us" because he had buck teeth !!! A person with Asian features will always be called Ms. Chin or Mr. Chin ...... Doesn't matter if they are Filipino, Thai, Japanese or Chinese. And a person with Indian features will always be called a coolie.... or said to have coolie or chiney hair/eyes. I doubt this will ever change as this is just a part of our culture.

There are too many nicknames we give each other in Jamaica, hence the list is endless ...... Some of us really don't like the idea but what to do? Even if you object it won't make any difference.



Day 2140 ( Video and Photo Shoot For Griffin Hartland in Tokyo  )
Monday, January 27, 2014

Had to wake up early this morning to go to Odaiba in Tokyo for a photo and video shoot. An American friend of mine recommended me for this gig. This would be my first time modeling clothes in Japan. The brand is definitely not famous but I like some of the designs. Its a brand from England called Griffin Hartland.

When I got there, a Japanese male model came in shortly afterwards. This dude had a stylist from Belarus following him everywhere he went, combing and spraying his hair etc. I was just there .... Every photo this guy took, the stylist would be there shortly after attending to him..... Who was attending to me??? Some Japanese dudes who would just give me the clothes to put on. To be fair, the guy belonged to a modelling agency, so I'm not sure if the stylist was from the agency or was selected for this job specifically.

For the first couple of photo shoots, me and the Japanese guy had to be changing clothes and taking photos for about 3 hours !!! Seriously, doing the same thing and same poses for 3 hours is boring. We took a break after a while and had lunch. Then another model came by. This time a hafu... Half Japanese / Half American. The Japanese guy said he has been modeling for a year now while the girl said she has been doing this for 4 years.

The photo shoot was over and then it was now time for a recording session. So the director guy videoed us walking around, dancing and just doing random stuff while some music was playing in the background. The video will be a youtube commercial that will be uploaded after editing sometime around the end of February.

I hate the hat
That's the director / photographer in the background

When the video is uploaded, I will of course let you all know.... I was doing some crazy dances in the video... I have no idea what it will look like lol. I asked the director to send me 3 photos that he took of us modeling but he said he was too busy and sent me only this one.

The entire process took about 7 hours. I had to skip a class at the YMCA to do this but no worries, I will be paid wayyyyy more than what the YMCA would have given me.... For our hard work today, we got food and a pair of light green Griffin Hartland socks. We will be paid later.



Day 2141 ( Computer Mouse Equipped With Camera Coming Soon )
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Usual looong, busy Tuesdays. I am usually falling asleep when going to my second job on Tuesdays. Its a long ride between jobs.


Camera-equipped mouse

King Jim will release a camera-equipped mouse on Jan 31. The mouse can take photos and automatically save the image data to your computer in a quick and manageable form.
The image can be quickly and easily used. For example, if you want to include an image of something in front of you in an email you are about to send, if you take a photo of it with a digital camera, it could take some time to save it to your PC. The camera-equipped mouse can help you do it much more quickly. When you take a photo with the mouse, your PC’s screen becomes the camera’s display. And the accompanying software will give you photo editing options.
Photos taken with the mouse are about 300-500KB so you don’t need to compress them before attaching them to email.
Price: 4,200 yen




Day 2142 ( 30 Day Push up Challenge )
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I finished my first 24 day abs challenge and now I'm doing a 30 day push-up challenge which also include abs stuff. This one is wayyy more intense. I must say I'm seeing some improvements though... But there is some stubborn fat at the lower part of my stomach that just refuse to go. For this stubborn fat, next month I'm going on a meat fast. Don't know how long I will last but February will be my "stay away from all meat" month. I will also jog every Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from the station next to mine... Actually I already started doing this. Here is the 30 day push up challenge.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Foreign Men Complain About Japanese Wives / How To Avoid Cancer / Japanese Racist Commercial??

I have a series of interesting topics coming up in a few weeks. Research and interviews are on-going. So stay tuned !!!!!

Days 2129 - 2135
Thursday, January 16 - Wednesday, January 22, 2014 

Day 2129 ( How To Avoid Cancer )
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Did an interview today for a company name IMAGINE. I think the interview went pretty well BUT, they don't offer visa sponsorship, which is a major concern for me now, as my visa expires in 2015. That and they want me to start working March 1. At this time my contracts aren't quite finished yet.

Later on I went to the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya.


How to Avoid Cancer

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.
3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.
What cancer cells feed on:
a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.
c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.
To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water–best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.
Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.



Day 2130 ( Create your  Shopping Website For Free )
Friday, January 17, 2014

Had 2 classes at my main school then my usual late class at the YMCA. I forgot to mention that a student who I'm having English conversation with at my main school, showed me the stuff she made by hand. She made these :

At my Friday YMCA classes, the students attempt to draw a picture of me weekly. This is the me for this week :

I also gave each of them a small gift for their New Year as I promised them last week......


Here is a website you can use to list products for free. If you want to list more products you of course have to pay a fee.




Day 2131 ( Foreign Men Complain About Japanese Wives / The Other Guys )
Saturday, January 18, 2014

Usual 3 classes at the YMCA today then go home. I am counting down the days when I get another break from these kids. I have like 8 lessons to go.

Later on, my friend recommended a funny movie for me to watch. The other guys. I didn't even know about this movie.

Its just plain comedy with a kind of familiar plot. I give it a 6/10


Foreign men sound off on the difficulties of having a Japanese wife

As its society becomes more and more internationalized, a growing number of Japan’s citizens are choosing a spouse from another country. It’s not hard to see why, as an interracial relationship can be the deepest and most rewarding form of cultural exchange.
That said, there’s no such thing as a perfect spouse, with of course the notable exception of my lovely wife, who I’m sure will be reading this article (Hi baby….um, I’ll get started on that load of laundry right away!). Following are a list of difficulties foreign men have had in blending their own customs and traditions with those of their Japanese brides.

A common complaint from foreign men is a lack of overt affection from their Japanese wives. It’s well known that Japanese are less likely to utter the phrase “I love you” than their native English-speaking counterparts, but the lack of validation can seem all the more distressing when your wife has no problem showing her devotion to someone she’s only seen on stage holding a microphone.

It’s not just verbal affirmation some men hope for more of, either. Like most of Asia, Japan has very different standards about casual physical contact from many Western cultures, and one person’s casual flirting can be another’s violation of personal boundaries.
“Sometimes, even though I hardly touched her, she asks ‘What are you groping me for?’ and shoots me a hard look.”
▼ Unwanted touching is sometimes returned in kind.
JW 2
Still, at least some compatibility on this issue is a prerequisite for most marriages, and plenty of international couples are cozy enough to produce offspring. Of course, raising them brings with it its own issues.
“When I watch action movies with our kids, my wife says they’re too violent. But then she watches action shows from Japan like Kamen Rider with them when they’re still in preschool. What gives?”
▼ Because early child education starts in the home, and it starts with cyclone spin kicks.
JW 3
The home tends to be a frequent problem area. It can be particularly difficult convincing your spouse that something you’ve always had is a necessity when she’s gone her whole life without it, such as the men whose wives criticized their wasteful desires for fluffy, machine-dried laundry and the convenience of an automated sprinkler system. Home-use clothes dryers were extremely uncommon in Japan until the last 10 years or so, and automated sprinklers for private dwellings are still unheard of.
▼ Let’s just say the country that elevated rock garden design to an art form doesn’t spend too much time worrying about the easiest way to water the lawn.

And then there are the topics of shoes and baths, two things Japan and the West have always had trouble seeing eye to eye on.
“When I come into the house with my shoes still on, she asks, ‘Do you have any idea how many bacteria you pick up just walking on the road?’”
“After a nice hot bubble bath, my wife gets mad if I don’t rinse myself off in the shower before drying off. She’ll even sit in our bedroom listening for the sound of running water, and if she doesn’t hear it before I start toweling myself off, she’ll shout ‘Shower!’”
Japanese society tends to be fastidious in general when it comes to grooming and taking care of your appearance, as illustrated by another man whose wife flips out and forces him to change immediately if she notices a hole in his clothing or socks. Of course, sometimes this phenomena is reversed, as in the case of a man living overseas with his Japanese wife.
“Her casual clothes are all old and beat up, but she says she won’t buy new ones until the next time she goes back to Japan for a visit and can go to Uniqlo.”
▼ Yet another reason Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo needs to hurry up with their global expansion already
JW 5
This sort of shopping pattern seems to be common, and is likely a result of the huge amount of products Japan exports compared to what it imports. If the whole world is buying your stuff, it must be good right? Even still, some husbands are surprised at their wives’dedication to buying from their birth country.
“When my wife goes back to Japan to see her friends and family, she always buys a bunch of salt. We have salt in my country, too, of course, but she doesn’t want to use it because ‘it tastes different.’”
All of this clothing and seasoning shopping apparently takes time, too, which can leave some guys feeling a little lonely.
“Whenever she goes back to Japan, she spends a month. It’s nice having some time to myself for the first three days or so, but after that…”
But hey, giving your spouse the time she needs to visit her relatives comes with the territory in an international marriage, just like language hiccups.
“Sometimes I ask my wife what something means, and she brushes me off with ‘I can’t explain it in English,’ even though we’re speaking in Japanese!”
“Recently, my wife’s English is getting worse, and when she gets angry, she just speaks in Japanese.”
▼ Depending on how angry she is, not being able to understand her might be a good thing.
JW 6
And even when spouses aren’t flapping their gums, they sometimes run into problems while stuffing their faces. For instance, one husband laments that his wife can’t understand the importance of potatoes as a staple food of his culture’s diet.
▼ This week’s dinner planning? Done.
JW 7
But while we can appreciate a tasty spud as much as the next person, we’re confused by some of these gripes.
“My wife always chows down on giant bocks of tofu.”
▼ So your wife likes eating an inexpensive, low-calorie food that you have to do literally nothing to prepare? And this bothers you because….?
JW 8
But most baffling of all is this man’s grievance.
“Whenever we have guests over, she makes too many different kinds of food.”
JW 9
Yeah dude, that sounds terrible. Let us know the next time this happens, and we’ll rush right over and see if we can’t help you solve this tricky problem of too much home-cooked food.




Day 2126 ( Japan's Racist ANA Airlines Commercial )
Sunday, January 19, 2014

Stayed in for the most part then had lunch with my friend at TGIF.


Japan ANA to alter ad after stereotype complaints

Japan's ANA says it plans to revise a television commercial that drew objections over its portrayal of Caucasians. A spokesman for ANA, Ryosei Nomura, said Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 the airline intended for the ad to encourage Japanese to be more international. But he said the carrier would change it after receiving negative comments and phone calls.

Japan's All Nippon Airways plans to revise a television commercial that drew objections over its portrayal of Caucasians.
The airline intended for the ad, titled "The Japanese are changing," to encourage Japanese to be more international, ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura said Monday.
"Our intention was not to offend," he said. The carrier would change it after receiving negative comments and phone calls, he said.
The 30-second ad pokes fun at the reserved image of Japanese as two men discuss plans for more international flights out of Tokyo's Haneda International Airport. But it ends with one donning a long, pointy nose and blond wig apparently meant to portray a Westerner.
Reactions on ANA's official Facebook page ranged from bemused to offended.
Nomura said the airline would take the "different opinions" into account in having the commercial changed.
There are few non-Asian foreigners in Japan and Westerners are often stereotyped as having blond hair, blue eyes and big noses.



Day 2133 ( Gravity )
Monday, January 20, 2014 [5 Years 10 Months]

Did one class at the YMCA. All I did was practiced some sports words with them then played games for the remaining time.

Later I watched a very interesting movie about outer space name Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Cloony.

Really really superb movie. Great acting, unusual but very interesting story and plot. It will keep you on edge all the time. I give it a solid 9/10. Only because I think they could have done something more with the ending.



Day 2134 ( Every Week at Komatsu, Before Teaching Business English )
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Every week I go to teach business English at Komatsu, there is going to be either a worker there, or a random person passing through, that will be shocked by my presence. Every now and then, there will be some Caucasian person who is there for negotiations or for whatever reason, and they too will be shocked by my presence. I remember seeing a white guy here once giving a presentation in a room. And the dude froze for a while and could not stop staring, with a very concerned look on his face.

Today now while heading to get the stuff for my class, there were about 10 Japanese men walking by. Some were regular workers, others seemed to be there on business. One of the guys at the front saw me, and the only thing left for him to do was to run and jump through a window. The dude eyes opened wide, then his walking sped up and he started almost leaning on the other side of the wall to avoid me, even though some of the other guys in the group were already between us. All this while giving me the Japanese side stare of suspicion... the "why are you here stare" or the "I'm looking at you but I don't really want you to know that I'm looking at you stare".



Day 2135 ( Drugs Found at Justin Bieber's Home??? )
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Today was a busy day. 3 Normal classes at my main school. Then my 2 volunteer classes with 3rd yr students at my main school as well. After this I had 2 classes at the YMCA. One was terrible, the other was ok. Finally spoke to my evening private student about Japanese politics, technology and the movies I watched recently.


Drugs found at Bieber's home after egg-attack raid

Detectives searching pop singer Justin Bieber’s Los Angeles mansion over an egg-throwing attack seized illegal drugs and arrested one of the singer’s associates on Tuesday, officials said.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department officer Dave Thompson said an individual was arrested after the drugs were discovered in “plain view” as deputies combed through Bieber’s luxury home in the upmarket enclave of Calabasas.
Around a dozen detectives swooped on the 19-year-old star’s home early Tuesday, probing allegations that the Canadian teen idol was responsible for causing thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor’s house after pelting it with eggs.
Thompson said an investigation into a “felony crime” was ongoing, with the neighbor claiming as much as $20,000 in damage was caused.
On the narcotics arrest, he initially said the drug found on the premises was cocaine, but his department later backtracked on that statement.
“Nothing is confirmed,” another spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, Sergeant Carmen Arballo, told AFP.
“It’s a controlled substance but we don’t know if it’s cocaine. We won’t know until it’s gone to a lab and been tested.”
Another sheriff’s spokesman told The Los Angeles Times it could be a form of ecstasy.
Thompson said the drugs found at Bieber’s property were “in plain view of the deputies when they were looking for the evidence.”
Celebrity news website TMZ, which generally has solid sources, said the man arrested was rapper Lil Za, one of Bieber’s close friends.
Bieber, who was in the home during the raid, had been neither “arrested or exonerated” in connection with the vandalism case, Thompson said.
He added that the pop star was “not connected” to the drugs seizure, beyond the fact that “the gentleman was staying at his residence.”
Officials however dismissed suggestions that the nature of the alleged vandalism was trivial.
“A felony crime is a felony crime. The damage was from the eggs,” Thompson said.
“The felony comes from the amount of the damage, and this residence sustained a great amount of damage that easily achieve the felony vandalism section. I get that the eggs don’t seem that significant but it does rise to the level of a felony. There’s an extensive amount of damage and I and the sheriff’s department take that very seriously.”

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Notable Events For Me In 2013 / Radiation from Japan, Got to Jamaica

Days 2122 - 2128
Thursday, January 9 - Wednesday, January 15, 2014 

Day 2122 ( Japanese Woman Sent Proxy Stalker )
Thursday, January 9, 2014

Spoke to my private student about what I did throughout the holiday period. Also told her that my little business is running a little slow now as shipments stalled a bit during the holidays.


Woman arrested on harassment charges after using 'proxy stalker'

Police in Okinawa have arrested a 23-year-old woman after she used a “revenge” website to get another woman to harass her ex-boyfriend.
According to police, Ayaka Ishii, a food-service employee and a resident of Okinawa city, was one of two women who met on an online ex-boyfriend “revenge” site set up to harass former partners.
TV Asahi reported that after her 25-year-old boyfriend, with whom she had been living, broke up with her last August, Ishii sent a threatening anonymous letter to him stating, “I will get payback, from your friends, from your family, I will.”
According to police, Ishii had sent the letter via 27-year-old Marina Yokoro, a woman she met on an online revenge forum.
Police said Ishii has denied all charges. However, police have confirmed that Yokoro sent dead cockroaches to the family of Ishii’s former boyfriend on numerous occasions.



Day 2123 ( China Never Ceases To Amaze Me )
Friday, January 10, 2014

Usual Fridays. 2 classes, went home then back to the YMCA in the night. My Friday YMCA students asked me for otoshi dama (New Year's money). So I told them next week I will give each of them.


60% of Chinese execs say they cannot work with Japanese firms

About 60% of Chinese corporate leaders say they cannot do business with Japanese firms because of thorny relations between the two countries, a poll published Wednesday showed.
About the same percentage of South Korean bosses said they tried to keep dealings with Japanese companies to a minimum, citing political tensions between the two countries.
However the survey, carried out jointly by the Nikkei of Japan, South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper and China’s Global Times, found around 80% of Japanese executives have no problem dealing with companies from the other two countries.
That stands in marked contrast to just 13% of Chinese businessmen who said they were able to separate their company’s dealings from the diplomatic frostiness.
Tokyo is at odds with both Beijing and Seoul over different territorial disputes. Relations have also long been strained by differing interpretations of their shared history.
That was exemplified by the visit last month to Tokyo’s Yasukuni shrine by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which he claimed was a bid to promote peace.
Seoul and Beijing see the shrine, which counts convicted war criminals among the 2.5 million souls it honors, as a place that glorifies Japan’s 20th century outrages.



Day 2124 ( The Year That Was - Notable Events For Me In 2013 )
Saturday, January 11, 2014

YMCA today, and still having some trouble with my last class. Darn kids. Later in the evening I had dinner with one of my friends in the Navy.


Notable Events For Me In 2013

So 2013 was not one of my better years, especially financially. It started off great then went downhill from there. 2012 on the other hand was one of my best years in Japan. I made a decision to go part-time and try to pick up as many part-time jobs as possible. I got enough to live ok but not ok enough to do whatever I felt like or go where ever I wanted to. I learnt from that mistake the hard way and will definitely go back full-time and do part-time gigs as well. Here are some of the notable events in my life throughout 2013:

January 6, 2013 - Came back from Jamaica.

March 4, 2013 - did my first ever Studio Recording.

April 24, 2013 - Found out my Credit Card was Hacked via Skype. 

April 27, 2013 - Went to Jamaicans in Japan - Spring Ting 2013

May 19, 2013 - Performed at Jamaica One Love Festival 

July 19, 2013 - Performed in Singapore

August 2, 2014 - My First Paid Appearance on Japanese TV, Representing Jamaica.

August 26, 2013 - My first time fishing.

September 1, 2013 - Watched my favourite movie of 2013 in the theaters (Star Trek into Darkness)

September 19, 2013 - 6th Birthday in Japan

September 22 and 23, 2013 - Performances

22nd Koenji, Tokyo

23rd Sagamihara, Kanagawa

October 3, 2013 - Birth of my Niece, Suri 

November 21, 2013 - Completed my TEFL Professional Diploma

November 30, 2013 - Performance at Koenji, Tokyo

December 15, 2013 - Performance at Nishiazabu, Tokyo

December 29, 2013 - Danced on stage with a Japanese 

These were my most notable events in my life during 2013 that I can think of now. Some other personal stuff happened as well that I would prefer not mentioning here.



Day 2125 ( Practice Photo shoot / Rodman Sings To Kim in North Korea )
Sunday, January 12, 2014

Did a pre-photo shoot today to check if some clothes could fit me properly. The official photo/video shoot will be later this month. I will be featured in a magazine and/or a youtube commercial.  

I know I have seen better days

Rodman sings happy birthday to North Korean leader, then plays basketball

Dennis Rodman sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before leading a squad of former NBA stars onto the court Wednesday at a Pyongyang stadium for a game Rodman said is part of his “basketball diplomacy” with the North that has been heavily criticized in the United States.

Rodman dedicated the game to his “best friend” Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area. The capacity crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song.

Along with Rodman, the former NBA players included ex-All Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker. Also on the roster were Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.



Day 2126 ( The Hobbit - Desolation Of Smaug )
Monday, January 13, 2014

Had lunch and exchanged some teaching ideas with my friend today in KFC. I then ran to YMCA to teach a class. All these kids want to do is play. Japanese teacher teach, Foreign teacher play.....

I then watched The Hobbit - Desolation of Smaug.

Ohh jeez fantasy fantasy fantasy..... This made me want to re-watch Lord of the Rings..... All of them...I think I geeked out several times watching this. I never read the books but I loved the action and the story. I watched part 1 in 2012 and it was ok but this one was GREAT!!! I give it a 9/10.



Day 2127 ( Radiation From Japan Got To Jamaica )
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I was late for work this morning :( Oh man this is a bad way to begin the year. Sorry school and sorry company. I need to go to bed earlier I know. Anyway, my usual Tuesdays, got home at 10:30.

For about 3 weeks now,  my left eye has been twitching. I read about it online and basically it is caused by one or a combination of the following :

1) Stress

2) Bad diet

3) Straining eyes on computers !!!

4) Dry eyes from heater etc !!!

5) Needing glasses

I am not sure which is it or if it is all of them lol. I certainly don't feel stressed. Bad diet is a small possibility. Straining my eyes on the computer ... hmmm a very high possibility... Dry eyes from heaters and Japan's super dry winter .... also a huge possibility.

So because of this reallly annoying eye twitch, I bought an eye wash thing that should take care of the dryness issue. Plus give my eyes some more vitamins.


Why are the Japanese authorities still shipping out stuff with high levels of radiation???? Seriously Why???

Radiation Alert - Harmful Elements Detected At Ports In Shipments From Japan

Jamaica Customs authorities have revealed that in the last 13 months, tests conducted at the nation's ports have confirmed the presence of higher-than-normal levels of radiation in two shipments from Japan.

The most recent case, according to Assistant Commissioner of Customs Velma Ricketts, came last month when a trans-shipment container carrying used motor-vehicle parts destined for Guyana was scanned at the Kingston Container Terminal and its radiation levels was determined to be "elevated".

The first case involved a minibus imported by a local used-car dealer in November 2012.

"The JCA [Jamaica Customs Agency] has been on high alert since the earthquake affected Japan," Ricketts said in an emailed response to queries by The Gleaner.

Her comments were in reference to the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011, triggering a tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant there.

Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese made it clear yesterday that both shipments are being detained in a quarantined area and will be returned to Japan shortly.



Day 2128 (  )
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Skipped my evening student today and had Indian curry with one of my friends today.