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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Foreign Men Confess Why They Divorce Japanese Wives / Whites in Japan quick to Cry Foul about Race Issues

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Days 2157 - 2163
Thursday, February 13 - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 

Day 2157 ( Osaka, First Japanese City To Embrace Free Wifi )
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Had lunch and English conversation with an English supporter from my previous job as an elementary school teacher. Later on I bought some pillow cases, a futon and a futon cover.


Osaka becomes first Japanese city to embrace free Wi-Fi

Despite its image as a sleek, technologically advanced society, Japan really sucks when it comes to free Wi-Fi hotspots. In fact, when the Japan Tourism Agency surveyed tourists about difficulties traveling in the country, a lack of free Internet access was far and away the number one answer.
One city has finally taken note and begun offering better connectivity for visitors. Osaka has just announced the launch of Osaka Free Wi-Fi, a program that brings free Wi-Fi to locations throughout the city, as part of its effort to position itself as an international gateway to rival Tokyo.
Users only have to provide a valid email address to use the service, which is compatible with Apple, Android and Windows devices. Logging in will get you 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi and there is no limit on the number of times you can log in. However, some locations only offer a “lite” version of the service, which gives you 15 minutes of Wi-Fi for up to an hour per day.




Day 2158 ( Snowy Valentine's Day )
Friday, February 14, 2014

This week I only taught once at one of my high schools. The high schools are doing test this week and guess what? For the days that I don't work, (you guessed right), I won't be paid!!! March is already looking dismal, even though I have a trip planned for Thailand lol. Am I crazy or what? To top it off, my YMCA class also got cancelled today :o  well postponed until March. Lord help mi. The class got postponed because of a blizzard that hit the area that I am living in now. Last week you may have seen me post some snowy pics... This week ??? I literally got snowed in. Don't believe? Let me open my front door and show you........

This is actually the staircase

So yeah I stayed in and watched a Tyler Perry movie called "Think like a man" based on a book of the same name written by Steve Harvy. It was funny and you can learn some stuff about relationships by watching it.

Some of the acting was a bit off but overall the story and everything about it wasn't so bad. I give it a 6/10.

This is what I still ended up getting for my Valentine's day though.



Day 2159 ( Snowed in Again ! )
Saturday, February 15, 2014

The YMCA called me again saying class is cancelled !! :o Oh no the snow is messing up my livelihood. This time they didn't say postpone until another time, they said CANCELLED ! Meaning no pay ! ....

The news show more than I can describe about the snow. Here is what the news said:

Kanto region beaten down by the weather like they owe it money

About a week ago the Kanto region underwent and unusually large snowfall. Although it wreaked havoc on trains and planes, residents largely made out okay by panic shoppingand building snow sculptures of cat-men and mega-pikachus.
It was enough to make people in snow burdened regions like Hokkaido send everyone a reminder of their winter woes. Then, it was as if a mad scientist in Kanto picked up that challenge and cranked their weather machine to 11 as the area was hit by another dose of disastrous weather. Here’s just some of the damage tallied.
 Well over 60,000 homes without power
On the morning of the February 15, about 15,000 Chiba residents awoke to no electricity after the storm’s winds and snow felled power lines much faster than Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) workers could put them back up.
Around the same time that morning 37,000 homes in Gunma were announced to be without power. By the end of the day, TEPCO announced an additional 20,000 homes blacked out across seven prefectures. All outages were said to be caused by wind and snow.
 Takasaki Line down
Residences weren’t the only ones who fell victim to fallen wires. The Takasaki Line running between Saitama and Gunma Prefectures also got hit with a fallen wire. In fact one of the trains literally got hit by a fallen overhead wire carrying 1,500 volts as documented by these Twitter users.

Here is a video I took of what happened today just outside of my apartment.


Watched another Tyler Perry movie today called Temptation. The theme was a good one but the acting was kinda poor. You could also see where the movie was going from the first 10-20 mins. The ending was a big lesson and it was sad. I give it a 4/10.



Day 2160 ( Foreign Men Confess Why They Divorce Japanese Wives )
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Went to the chiropractor again today to sort out my back issues. My back has been feeling a little better now since I bought the new futon. I also had dinner at an Hawaiian restaurant near the Yokohama station.

I came here before about 2 years ago. The food was amazing!!!!! But more on the expensive side. Later on I went karaoke, first in a verrrry long while.


Foreign men share their reasons for divorcing Japanese wives

Continuing the international marriage theme in a more unfortunate direction, we now bring you the voices of some foreign men who have gone through the experience of divorcing Japanese women. You might be surprised to learn that the main catalyst for divorce in each of their scenarios was rarely related directly to cultural differences. Instead, it seems that a combination of other factors played the decisive role.
While there is a certain allure to the thought of having a spouse from another country, such marriages also comes with their own hardships, and it is said that as many as 40% of international marriages end in divorce. Japanese blogger Madame Riri recently posted an article exploring this issue by sharing the stories of men who were asked to described the reasons they divorced their Japanese wives. Let’s take a look at some of those reasons.
First, practical issues concerning family and money played a large role in their decisions. One man mentions how he couldn’t afford to keep up with payments month after month. He tried to please his wife by buying a nice house, car, and going on overseas vacations. But such an extravagant lifestyle on top of paying off expensive school fees, child support from a previous marriage, and helping his wife’s parents financially proved to be too much:
“I think the reason for my divorce what that I mistakenly thought I could make everyone happy because I had a well-paying job. Ultimately, I couldn’t live up to those expectations.”

Another man was placed in a different terrible situation. According to him, although cultural misunderstandings were present in his marriage, they were not the root cause for divorce because he and his wife were both aware of and accepted the differences. Instead, it all boiled down to logistics:
“Because there was no one but me to take care of my aging parents, I would have had to leave Japan. Either I would have to bring my parents to Japan or my wife would have to bring her parents to Virginia.”
In the end, the couple decided to split. The man remarks that he and his ex-wife still love each other, but cannot be together due to the circumstances. Our hearts go out to you…
Like any other couple in the world, issues surrounding children can either make or break a relationship. Here’s what one man had to say about his experience:
“In my case, the reason for our divorce was simple. My wife wanted to have kids, and I didn’t. I’m not saying that the divorce wasn’t painful, but we could split fairly amicably. I ended up remarrying a woman who like me also doesn’t want children but would rather focus her energy on work.”
The next anecdote is a bit different, as the writer happens to be a foreign woman in a relationship with a Japanese man. They had once dated in the past, but the relationship eventually became strained due to their different ways of thinking and separate values, especially regarding work. However, after a period of 12 years, they have started dating again, only to be met with opposition from both families:
“My family is very opposed to this relationship. They like him as a person, but they don’t believe that he can make me happy. His parents feel the same way. We really do love each other, but I guess in reality love alone isn’t enough. It’s sad…”
Many men listed issues of love, sex, and compatibility as being big factors in their divorces. Here’s from a man whose marriage appears to be in a critical condition:
“I’m currently on the verge of getting divorced. Things have spiraled down to the point where my wife and I are discussing whether or not she will take the children back with her to Japan. If we split, the reason will be due to the absence of sex in our marriage. My wife seems to have lost all of her sex drive, although I still have mine. Apart from that, everything in our marriage was going well…”
Next, a man describes how he and his Japanese wife were married at a young age, which led to a conflict of interests as they grew older:
“When all of her friends were getting married, I was her boyfriend. When all of those friends were getting divorced, I should have realized what was going to happen. Many people blame their failed international marriage on cultural differences, but in our case it was simply avoiding responsibility on both of our ends.”
In his words, he was so young when they got married that he didn’t yet know what he really wanted to do in life. When he finally figured it out, that route didn’t include his wife. From her end, she became unhappy married to a husband who had to work 70-hour weeks of manual labor to support their living. In her loneliness she resorted to cheating on him with her ex-boyfriend. Because they weren’t honest enough at the onset about their real desires, their marriage arrived at a dead-end.
Next, a number of men remarked that their Japanese wives’ tendency to resort to anger or violence played a central role in leading to divorce. Let’s hear from a few of these cases.
“The reason that my marriage of 20 years failed was because my wife would often make a mountain out of a molehill. Many problems that could have been solved in a few minutes were blown out of proportion. It wasn’t good for our mental health.”

“I’m glad we got divorced. We split during our tenth year of marriage. I am now raising our two children in Australia. My ex-wife’s violent side was terrible. I couldn’t stand her lies anymore, or her neglect to our sons. It was a very bitter experience, but after getting divorced I am now living a much better lifestyle.”
The following comes from a man who has been married for seven years but whose marriage is rocky to say the least. He claims that married life would be easier if they didn’t have two young children:
“I heard this from my professor friend who specializes in international cultural exchange, but Japanese men and women are skilled at adapting themselves to different roles depending on the place and situation. For example, they almost seem to undergo a transformation in character when they change from a student into a working adult, or from a wife into a mother. I don’t know if this is related to my case at all, but my wife used to be a calm and carefree woman. But after the birth of first child, she became almost like onibaba” [Onibaba refers to a “demon-hag” in Japanese folklore that appears as an old woman and eats humans].
Now consider this bizarre case. I think anyone would want to divorce a wife like this, regardless of her nationality…
“I first began to have doubts about the future of our marriage after just returning from our honeymoon when my wife farted right in front of me. Because she had irritable bowel syndrome, it was really smelly. Our marriage crumbled apart like flakes of paint falling from a wall. She would steal food from my plate and take anything she wanted. And she was really demanding in bed – if I couldn’t meet her demands, she would pinch my ears, hit me in the ribs, or kick me down there.”
She probably couldn’t help the flatulence, but the rest of it? Yikes.
We hate to leave you with a such a gloomy ending, so let’s finish up on a more positive note with a man who encourages us all to find a partner who is a “perfect fit”:
“I’m in my mid-60s, and my Japanese wife is in her late 40s. We’ve been married for 23 years. We’ve been through good times and bad times, but have overcome them all and never had to think about getting divorced. I have been divorced twice before, and concluded that I just can’t get along with Western women. But regardless of whether you’re of the same nationality or not, as long as you’re willing to accept any cultural differences and respect one another, you have a chance to be happy.”
As we have seen, despite preconceived notions relating to cultural differences, men who have actually divorced their Japanese wives have a lot more to say about the matter. Issues surrounding mutual feelings of love, faith and compatibility seem to be at the heart of most cases, regardless of the nationality of each person. 



Day 2161 ( Loud Music and Party Ban )
Monday, February 17, 2014

Started preparing some documents for a trip to Thailand, then did 1 class at the YMCA today. For a trip to Thailand, I need to have a guarantor who is living in Japan !!! Basically that person will have to be proof that I am a good person and if I mess around in Thailand, they will be called....... To find someone to do this especially in Japan is verrry difficult. I asked 2 persons who I think would possibly say yes to this but they both refused. Have to go back to the drawing board. I will have to call the Thai embassy to see if someone living in Japan but not necessarily a citizen here can be my guarantor.


The place where I go every summer to relax and enjoy a nice reggae/island vibe is going to put a ban on events in the area.

Zushi to ban loud music, alcohol at beach

The local government in Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, plans to submit a resolution to the municipal assembly calling for a ban on playing loud music and drinking alcohol at the city’s beach. Anyone with visible tattoos will also be barred.
According to a Sankei Shimbun report, the proposal is the result of several instances of unruly behavior at the city’s only public beach, which has turned the area into a “nightclub,” Zushi local government official Musashi Koizumi said.
There has been an increase in the number of so-called “umi no ie” (beach huts) which are being used by beachgoers to play loud music and have wild parties. Officials say moral standards among young beachgoers are deteriorating as seen in an increase in fights among drunken people, and more garbage being left on the beach, Sankei reported.
According to the local city council, the proposal includes a prohibition on drinking alcohol and barbecuing outside beach huts, prohibition of exposure of tattoos, and a ban on playing loud music on the beach or in beach huts.



Day 2162 ( Japan's General Outdated Mindset About Race Issues)
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Only did my part time business English job today. The high schools are still doing tests.


Before you read this article, I must say that many whites here especially Americans complain bitterly about race issue here in Japan. But are relatively silent about it when they are in the majority. I guess which is kinda normal. We tend to ignore stuff when we are in the majority. A lot of racism is still present in America, especially in certain states, but only the minority is crying foul. The majority white population I would say is "relatively" quiet about this.

ANA caricature speaks volumes about Japan’s outdated mind-set

Last month, a new ANA commercial hit the airwaves — and quickly ran into some serious turbulence.
The scene is Haneda Airport. Two Japanese men dressed as pilots stand with their backs to the camera.
“Haneda has more international flights nowadays,” says one.
“Finally,” replies the other.
“Next stop, Vancouver,” the first man says.
“Next stop, Hanoi,” his friend replies.
“Exciting, isn’t it?”
“You want a hug?” the taller man says, out of nowhere. The shorter man stares at him in bewilderment.
The man who proposed hugging criticizes him, saying, “Such a Japanese reaction.”
“Because I am Japanese,” the man says in his defense.
“I see,” says his partner, before falling into a contemplative silence. “Let’s change the image of Japanese people.”
When the camera returns to the shorter man, he is wearing a blond wig and a false nose of Pinocchio proportions. “Sure,” he says.
A voiceover then intones the All Nippon Airways slogan, “From Haneda to the world, ANA,” and the commercial ends.
As soon as this ad aired, ANA was inundated with criticism. The thrust of the complaints was that the ad was racist and exaggerated the physical features of white people to point of mocking them.
ANA did not seem to have anticipated such a reaction. It swiftly apologized and removed the offending final image from the clip on TV and online. (Though it was only the TV commercial that received criticism, they also took down posters of one of the actors from the commercial wearing the traditional dress of various countries.)
What interested me in particular was the difference between the reactions of Japanese and foreigners who saw this ad. At my labor union there are members of many different nationalities, the large majority of whom expressed unhappiness or indignation toward the ad. “How did they fail to anticipate this would offend people?” many asked.
On the other hand, Japanese people I know reacted with bewilderment. “It’s certainly childish,” their comments tended to run, “but I couldn’t call it racist. On the contrary, since blond hair and big noses are something that in Japanese culture have long been held up as attractive, the ad is more an expression of Japanese people’s sense of inferiority.”
My personal opinion is that the ad is a disappointing anachronism, and a reminder of the parochial outlook of large Japanese corporations. The ad appeals to the facile formula that “foreigner = white = blonde and big-nosed = English-speaking = globalization.” But this feels bizarrely outdated and out of place coming from ANA, a major carrier trying to depict the airport generically — and Haneda in particular — as some sort of stage for exchange between the world’s many races and nationalities. Instead, the ad unintentionally shows that the Japanese archetype of the gaijin (foreigner) remains as strong as ever.
So why is it that so many of the Japanese people I spoke to couldn’t understand why foreigners would be angry about this “racist” ad? I think, fundamentally, it has to do with the very narrow image that postwar Japan has had of what “abroad” and “foreigners” mean. Because postwar Japan has been politically, socially, culturally and in almost every other respect in thrall to the West — and particularly the United States — the view that blond, big-nosed, blue-eyed and English-speaking are somehow “better” or the “global model” is widespread.
At the same time, the former targets of Japanese invasion in Asia, such as China and South Korea, have been largely ignored. Political leaders have avoided the question of responsibility for the war, and ordinary people have relatively little opportunity to study their own recent history. Japan has considered itself as separate from Asia, due to its status as the only Asian country that succeeded in developing into a major economic power. For postwar Japan, “foreign” has basically meant “American.”
As Japan’s own economic engine has puttered out, China has started to grow rapidly and South Korea has become a major hub of popular entertainment and industry, and many Japanese now feel threatened and see these countries as rivals.
The Japanese media have been eager to belittle their neighbors. And so, Japan, which up to now had adopted a “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” attitude to its history of war against its neighbors, is at the stage where its politicians are actively trying to make excuses for its past aggression and are even trying to apportion blame to the Koreans and Chinese.
Japan is thus far from becoming “global” in any real sense of the word. In a nutshell, the world for Japan consists of China and Korea — the objects of resentment and controversy — and the rest, who are all blond, big-nosed English-speakers.
Japanese women’s magazines often run articles with titles like “How to do your makeup for that foreign look” or “half look,” where “foreigner” obviously means “white Westerner” and “half” means “a half-Japanese, half-white mix.” No one who reads these headlines would consider that they could be referring to half-Chinese or half-Filipino Japanese, even though we inhabit a world of around 200 different countries, most of which are majority non-Caucasian.
Read more here .... http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2014/02/12/issues/ana-caricature-speaks-volumes-about-japans-outdated-mind-set/#.UwW2lWKSxki

Another thing now is....ANA quickly or not so quickly removed the ad. In any event, after the white people complained about the ad, ANA changed it. Japan is yet to get rid of the Black Sambo books that are still in some book stores.

Translation ... Small, Black Sambo

We complain about it but they are still there. Is it that Japan are afraid of whites but simply ignore blacks? Food for thought. Obviously white people aren't going to complain about this because it is not their issue. We have to do something about it, because just like the ANA commercial, Japanese generally don't see Black Sambo books as racist.



Day 2163 ( Football in The cold )
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Did 2 classes at the YMCA, went home then played football after like a 3 months break. I can't believe myself sometime. I played football in the blistering cold... my hand middle started getting blue !!! But it was good exercise and it was fun!

I finally got someone to trust me with my Thailand visit!!!... I called the Thailand embassy and they said that the guarantor only needs to live in Japan, they don't necessarily have to be a Japanese citizen.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Get Paid to Marry A Multi Millionaire's Daughter .... Seriously !!

Funny/Weird Photo of the Week

Cats Taking Taking Over Now

Days 2150 - 2156
Thursday, February 6 - Wednesday, February 12, 2014 

Day 2150 ( Finally Bought a Microwave/Man Responsible for Sochi Olympic Mishap...Dead )
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Stayed in for most of the day then had lunch at Shakey's Pizza near the Yokohama Station. Shortly after, I decided to finally buy a microwave oven after much "encouraging". I bought the exact model seen below.

And yes I was living in Yokohama for almost 3 years without a microwave. I was using a toaster oven or just my good old one burner stove.


Man Responsible For Olympic Ring Mishap Found Dead In Sochi

The man responsible for operating the Olympic Rings during last night’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Russia was found dead today.

According to local reports the body of Boris Avdeyev was found his hotel room early this morning with multiple stab wounds.

Avdeyev was a technical specialist responsible for the Olympic Ring spectacle, which embarrassingly malfunctioned last night. Five animatronic snowflakes were supposed to transform into Olympic Rings. The first four functioned properly but the fifth snowflake failed to change shape.

Although his body was badly mangled and the wounds were consistent with a struggle, so far officials say they don't suspect foul play.

“Sure there were stab wounds and bruises all over the body,” admits the lead investigator on the case. “But who knows what caused them. Maybe he tripped and fell on a set of knives. Right now we’re ruling this an accidental death.

“It’s terrible when accidents like this happen. But then again, maybe Mr. Avdeyev should have thought twice before he screwed up the Olympics. Accidents tend to happen to people who betray Russia.”

Despite the government’s story, fellow hotel guests reported hearing a struggle in Avdeyev’s room around 3 a.m. local time.




Day 2151 ( Guy Stole 450 Pairs of High Hell Shoes !!! )
Friday, February 7, 2014

Had 2 classes at my main school. Gave them some information about Michael Jackson and they should create sentences about Michael Jackson using relative pronouns. eg. Michael Jackson was a famous singer who was born in Indiana, USA. Later on I had 3 classes at the YMCA because I substituted for a friend of mine.


Thief caught with 450 pairs of high heels

Why? Seriously Why?

A man arrested for stealing high-heel shoes from a Tokyo hostess club was found to have a total of 450 purloined pairs when his room was searched, Japanese police said Wednesday.
“I’ve felt pleasure in stealing high heels. I was not interested in brand-new products,” Sho Sato, 28, told investigators after he was arrested Tuesday, according to Tokyo police.
Sato, who is jobless and has no fixed residence, broke into the changing room of the hostess club in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district last November and stole 14 pairs of high heels and cosmetics, police said.
They later confiscated some 450 pairs of high heels from a room he rented but the owners have yet to be identified.
“The lockers at the club’s changing room were a treasure chest,” Sato was quoted as telling police.


Day 2152 ( Snowy Day )
Saturday, February 8, 2014

Woke up this morning heading to my Saturday morning class at the YMCA. As soon as I opened the door, I was greeted with some serious snow !!! I still stuck it out and went to work. Hey, and students showed up for all the classes !! Not many students but they were still there.

The stairs going down from my apartment

The pics above was when I was going to work. The pics below was when I was coming back from work.

Road leading up to my apartment. Ive
never seen it like this before

In front of my apartment

Also in front of my apartment

The news said it is the first in 50 years this area was having snow like this.



Day 2153 (12 Years A Slave / Hong Kong Multi Millionaire Will Pay You if You can Marry His Daughter)
Sunday, February 9, 2014

My very cute niece got Christened today at my church in Jamaica. Today was also the 5th anniversary of the death of my beloved cousin. Rest in Peace Andre J. Mair. One gone, one born.


Stayed in for the day. Watched a movie name "12 Years a Slave". This movie was also nominated for several Oscar Awards. This movie will seriously stir your emotions. The worst thing about it is that it is a true story. It shows the bitter and seriously messed up past of the USA, especially in the southern areas. This was a powerful movie, it actually made me shed a tear or two .... Don't watch it if you have a weak heart... It will stir all kinda emotions in you .... You will learn how far some of the whites in the southern US back in the 1800s would stoop for money and to keep their slaves. I give it a solid 9/10. Superb acting and scenes...


Daughter of H.K. tycoon issues plea on sexuality

The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon who offered more than $100 million to find her a male suitor has issued a heartfelt open letter urging him to accept her sexuality.
In the letter, which starts “Dear Daddy,” socialite Gigi Chao asked her father, Cecil, to treat her partner, Sean Eav, as “a normal, dignified human being.” The pair have been together for nine years and are reported to have married in 2012 in France.
“I know it’s difficult for you to understand how I could feel romantically attracted to a woman; I suppose I can’t really explain it either. It just happens, peacefully and gently,” she wrote in the letter, which was published in the South China Morning Post on Wednesday and circulated to other Hong Kong media.
Her plea came after property developer Chao, 77, who refuses to recognize that she is a lesbian, was reported last week to have doubled the “marriage bounty” on his daughter to $1 billion Hong Kong dollars ($129 million).
Cecil Chao made world headlines in 2012 when he tried to find a man who could successfully win his daughter away from her partner by offering HK$500 million ($64 million), an offer that a Malaysian newspaper that interviewed him last week said he has now doubled.
These 2 are married...and yes that is another woman on the left

The tycoon made his offer after learning that his daughter had eloped with her partner to France, where they had a church blessing. While Hong Kong decriminalized homosexuality in 1991, it does not legally recognize same-sex marriage.
The first bounty attracted 20,000 candidates, with the bizarre dowry attempt making international headlines.
In her letter, the 33-year-old said she forgave her father because he was acting in her best interests. And she took responsibility for “misleading” him into thinking there might be other options for her, writing: “I’m sorry to mislead you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong. There are plenty of good men. They are just not for me.”
Chao added “it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her, and treat her like a normal, dignified human being.” She has since confirmed penning the letter.
In the plaintive message, she tells her father of her sadness that he was unable to share in the life she had made for herself.




Day 2154 ( Happy Birthday Vany and Shikydra )
Monday, February 10, 2014

Taught a class at the YMCA then another private class there with a returnee student. It is sort of difficult teaching the returnee student because I'm unsure what she knows and doesn't know. Some stuff are wayyy too easy for her, while another set of stuff will just fly over her head. Her speaking is pretty much native though.


After classes, I rushed to a surprise birthday party of my old friend Vany, in an area known as Higashi-Rinkan. The surprise party was at a Mexican restaurant. Can you believe that Jamaica is so close to Mexico but this was my first time ever having Mexican food? It was some really really good stuff though.



Day 2155 ( Triple Suicide?? )
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There was no school at my Tuesday High School today because today was a public holiday in Japan. However, there was no holiday at my part time job and students were there for English class!!! But I had to take a taxi back to the train station at the end of class, because the buses stopped running at a certain time...


3 found dead in apparent suicide pact in Aichi

Police in Higashiura, Aichi Prefecture, said Sunday that three adults were found dead at their home in what appears to be a suicide pact.
According to police, the bodies were found at around 12:45 Saturday morning by another family member. NTV reported that a 67-year-old man, his 59-year-old wife and their second-oldest son, 33, were found by the couple’s oldest son, 37, after he returned home from his job at a hospital.
Police said the three had died from inhaling carbon monoxide after burning charcoal briquettes on a stove. NTV quoted police as saying a farewell note was found in which the three said they planned to commit suicide.



Day 2156 ( Ministry of Justice Worker Arrested for Up skirt Photo  )
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For the first time in this school year I had to wake up at 7am. I had 3 class at my main school, with the first one starting at 8:40 am. After the 3 classes, I ate the went home and slept a bit. Afterwards I did 2 classes at the YMCA then a class with my private student.


Justice ministry worker arrested for taking photos up woman's skirt on train

Police said Saturday they have arrested a 31-year-old employee of the Ministry of Justice for photographing up a woman’s skirt on a train in Tokyo.
According to police, the suspect, Yuki Ide, was caught in the act, using his smartphone to photograph up a woman’s skirt on the JR Yamanote line between Ikebukuro and Sugamo stations on Jan 29.
Fuji TV quoted police as saying that Ide admitted to the charge and told them: “It’s true. I absolutely loved the woman’s legs, I just had to get a photo.”
Police said Ide had been arrested for a similar crime a year before.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Japanese in Jamaica / Things Japanese women love (and hate) about Japanese and foreign guys/ My Modeling Debut Video

Days 2143 - 2149
Thursday, January 30 - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 

Funny/Weird Picture of the week

Taylor Swift Attacked at the Grammys

Day 2143 ( Things Japanese women love (and hate) about Japanese and foreign guys )
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stayed in for the most part, blogged a bit but also bought some groceries that was lacking in my apartment.


Things Japanese women love (and hate) about Japanese and foreign guys

With the majority of the foreigners on extended stays in Japan being male, and more Japanese women than men having a strong interest in languages and cultures other than their own, it’s natural that the most common international pairing for Japanese nationals is a Japanese woman and foreign man.
Of course, every society has its attractive and unattractive aspects, which Japanese women revealed by sharing both the things about their foreign boyfriends and husbands that thrilled them, as well as the less pleasant parts of the package deal of a romantic partner.
Given the relatively small foreign population in Japan, one could draw the conclusion that women with a beau from overseas first had to pass on romantic opportunities with their own countrymen. A poll by Japanese website Nico Video produced the following reasons why some Japanese women weren’t interested in Japanese men.
1. No concept of chivalry – 48.3%
2. Don’t express affection – 43%
3. Don’t take initiative – 24.7%
4. Don’t say nice things about their girlfriends in front of others – 17.6%
5. Don’t have a good body – 14.5%
It wasn’t all bad news as far as Japanese men were concerned, though. There’s a lot to be said for the comfort and unspoken understanding that can come from a common background, as one woman explained.
“When I get married, I want to quit my job and be a housewife. I think women who have those kinds of domestic ambitions are better off with a Japanese guy, since that pattern’s been the norm for Japanese couples for so long.”
She wasn’t the only one to cite the advantages of home life with a Japanese husband.
“Japanese guys don’t have much to say about how to decorate the house, so most of the time the woman gets to make the decisions. The man usually picks up the tab for the interior decorating, too.”
Foreign men have a lot going against them, too, with the most obvious being the language barrier.
“I’m not a native English speaker like my boyfriend, and it’s frustrating when I can’t put the right nuance on what I’m trying to say.”
“If you forget to put the seat down one more time I will…murder you? Is ‘murder’ the right word? Is ‘slaughter’ better here?”
An international relationship can mean more bickering and extra time needed to settle your differences, as not starting from the same cultural footing means you often have to spend the beginning of a discussion just feeling each other out as to what you both think about the issue.
“My younger sister’s husband is South American, and they often squabble over cultural differences, and really have to make an effort to understand where the other is coming from.”
Even when you’re both willing to compromise, meeting in the middle is a complicated process when you’ve got the Pacific Ocean between you.
And things only get tougher if you and your spouse metamorphose into your stubborn, grumpy grandparents.
“As time goes by, my foreign husband and I argue more and more over food. When we were young, we were both happy to eat just about anything, but as we’ve gotten older our tastes have started reverting back to what we ate as kids. I think this is a big reason why some international marriages break down after many years.”
We feel compelled to point out that in most culinary traditions (Japan’s included), the foods that kids like shouldn’t present that much of a problem for full-grown adults to just make for themselves.
So with these strikes against them, how do foreign guys manage to snag a Japanese girl? For starters, in contrast to the above-mentioned hands-off approach to the home many Japanese men have, Japanese women are often appreciative of the way their foreign beaus and hubbies pitch in around the house.



Day 2144 ( Performance at Drunken Poets / Abandon bicycles dumped in Tokyo )
Friday, January 31, 2014

Still trying to help my volunteer private student to get into a good university. So I looked at the article I asked her to summarize on Wednesday and also gave her a new article. This one was about universities in the US. She will be doing another entrance examination on Monday. I really hope she do well.

After work, I sent some money via western union to Jamaica. Business must go on !!! I then ran home a bit to collect my drum and my poetry book to go do a performance in Tokyo. So I went to a monthly event known as "Drunk poets" held at a small pub called Gari Gari. It was my first time performing there and I really enjoyed it.

Another Jamaican friend of mine was there as well but I didn't get to see her perform because I had to go. It takes almost 2 hours to get to the location from Yokohama. And I had work the next day.


Abandoned bicycles dumped in Tokyo pond

One of the odder problems you run into living in Japan is how to throw large things away. Say you’ve just bought a new bicycle, for example. In many countries you could find a charity to donate it to, or perhaps a relative or friend of a friend who’s just starting college or a career.

Japan’s predominantly middle-class society and general dislike of used durable goods means you’re unlikely to find someone willing to take your old bike off your hands, though. Trash collectors won’t haul off something that big unless you shell out an additional fee, either. In some cases, people will simply abandon their bike somewhere, such as a back alley or deserted parking lot.
Or, apparently, in a lake in one of Tokyo’s most beloved parks.
Located in the fashionable Tokyo suburb of Kichijoji, Inokashira Park has been an oasis in Japan’s biggest city for close to 100 years. A shrine, small zoo, and even restaurants can be found inside the park, which is also one of the capital’s prime cherry blossom viewing spots. The main attraction, though, is Inokashira Pond, which visitors flock to despite the persistent rumor that any couple going for a ride in one of the rental row or paddle boats is doomed to break up.
However, Kichijojij is also a popular entertainment district, which in Japan means lots of drinking. Inokashira Park sees no small number of inebriated youths and students, who, while not necessarily dangerous, don’t always display the best judgment.
Starting on Jan 18, the Parks Department began draining Inokashira Pond as part of an effort to remove harmful non-native fish, such as bluegill, that have been introduced to the body of water. After three days of drainage, the waterline had receded enough that the technicians in charge of the project began to notice something unexpected: dozens of discarded bicycles protruding from the lowered lake.
In just a single day, more than 50 twisted, rusted, abandoned bicycles were pulled from the pond, with some saying that a scooter and even a mid-sized motorcycle were recovered as well. Administrators estimated that the lake could still be concealing around 150 more bicycles.



Day 2145 ( American Hustle / Despicable Me 2 )
Saturday, February 1, 2014

Started planning for our "Jamaicans in Japan" Spring Ting 2014 event now. Booked the location and I'm awaiting a letter from them to get the final confirmation. It will be in the prefecture that I am in now (Kanagawa). Here is the website of the location.


If you are in Japan and you are interested in attending, please let me know. Its not only for Jamaicans, anyone can come and enjoy.


When I got back to my apartment I watched 2 movies. The first one was American Hustle, that was nominated for several Oscar/Academy awards.


I mean I do give them credit for the recreation of the 80s and stuff plus the acting was great. But I still don't see why it got nominated in so many categories. Check out the site up top, this movie was nominated in almost every category ...

For me it was just an ok movie. Good plot and the story was relatively interesting. But overall just an ok movie. I give it a 7/10. See the trailer below.

I also watched Despicable Me 2. Very entertaining and funny.

This one I give a 7.5/10.



Day 2146 ( Japanese in Jamaica )
Sunday, February 2, 2014

Stayed in all day playing games and watching anime. I ended God of War Ascension and started playing Assassins Creed Revelations.


Japanese in Jamaica

So just like how there are a handful of Jamaicans in Japan (but growing rapidly), there are also a handful of Japanese in Jamaica. Many of them complain about being called Ms/Mr. Chin or the weird ... chung long chang sounds random Jamaican people make when they pass by them. I can understand why Jamaicans, like me and some others go to Japan ...... which range from adventure (my reason) to economic reasons or love. But why do Japanese go to Jamaica??? Jamaica is much poorer, smaller and has wayyy less to offer so why? Here are a few reasons....

1) The Japanese Embassy in Jamaica 

There are a few Japanese staff members here including the ambassador of Japan to Jamaica. I went here several times to get scholarship and other information as well as to advertise my book in 2010.

2) Japanese Companies in Jamaica

Not many Jamaicans know this or even care for that matter, that our only electricity company in Jamaica is owned by a Japanese company, Marubeni. So they send Japanese staff from time to time to oversee operations and make deals.

UCC Coffee

Another thing that many Jamaicans don't have a clue or don't care about is that our beloved or not so beloved Blue Mountain Coffee is pretty much owned by a Japanese coffee company UCC. They too will send staff down to Jamaica to do whatever.

3) Study..... ??? What in Jamaica???

Well I know at least 2 Japanese persons that studied or is studying in Jamaica. One was my Japanese friend who helped me translate some of my book from English to Japanese. He was doing a doctorate in cultural anthropology and spent a year in Jamaica doing research. Another Japanese lady is also studying some cultural business at the main university in Jamaica. Not the lady seen in the pic below... she was in Jamaica for another reason which I'll talk about next.

4) Reggae Music, Parties and Dancing

So the lady in the pic above is a reggae dancer who is getting famous. She is from Nagoya and is extremely busy doing shows.

Insanely famous Japanese Reggae Dancer Ivan and his group

5) Random reasons

I know at least 3 Japanese women and 1 guy who went to Jamaica "just because" and ended up staying there extensively just because they enjoy the sunshine and the happy people. One is teaching Japanese, one is now a painter, and the guy has a gymnastics school. Well actually the guy was on a volunteer program then decided to stay in Jamaica longer. The Japanese teacher, who many Jamaicans here in Japan (especially the JETS) know very well, has been living in Jamaica for almost 20 years I think.


JICA is a government organization in Japan, that sends willing Japanese individuals to third world countries to help out in certain fields. The predominant field is education. Japanese JICA volunteers are shocked when thrown into a Jamaican school environment and realize that the Jamaican teachers basically throw all the work on them. JICA is especially popular in India, The Philippines, Belize and of course Jamaica. I think they withdrew from a particular South American country because a JICA volunteer got murdered :(

A verry verry few Japanese come to Jamaica on vacation. One of my students at my Tuesday Business English class spent his honey moon there. His complaint was that every radio station had reggae music and the variety was lacking.



Day 2147 ( Jamaica Qualified For Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia )
Monday, February 3, 2014

Crawled to my one Monday class today and found out that a little shop that I used to buy yakitori (grilled chicken on a stick) was shut down after 30 years. The class went ok enough then afterwards I went to a nearby department store to buy some stuff. I also got a new pair of boots because the one I had was going through some serious times !!! The new boots look something like this


Despite a few bumps along the way, Jamaica bobsled team is back -- and it's all good

The Jamaican bobsled team had a rough ride -- even before hitting the icy track at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
When two-man bobsled team members Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon arrived at Sochi's airport they discovered that their bobsled's blades, their sliding suits and helmets didn't arrive with them.
Despite the gear mishap -- the stuff arrived on Thursday -- and a missed connecting flight from Moscow to Sochi, it's still all good for the funkiest and perhaps most famous bobsled team on Earth.
The team is just happy to be in Sochi and thrilled that Jamaica's back at the Winter Games after a 12-year absence.

And Watts is beaming nonstop. At age 46 he's a grand old man of bobsledding, coming out of retirement to revive a dormant team and compete in Sochi.
"I'm a 46-year-old guy sitting in a 25-year-old body," he said, laughing. "There are no words to explain how I feel being back in the Olympics. It's phenomenal, it's unreal, it's like a dream."
Jamaica made its improbable Olympic debut at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary with a sled built with borrowed parts from other teams, a feel-good story that was the basis for the 1993 Disney film "Cool Runnings."

Read more at http://www.arcamax.com/sports/olympics/s-1468383#MJwYBZZa2ufFj0Cd.99

In celebration of the spirit of the Olympic Games, Samsung Electronics is supporting the Jamaican national bobsleigh team at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as part of an effort to celebrate the perseverance and dedication of all of the athletes who have participated in the qualifiers on the road to Sochi. Through financial support and a range of mobile devices, Samsung is helping sustain the Jamaican bobsleigh team’s Olympic aspirations for Sochi. The Jamaican bobsled team’s improbable journey to the 1988 Calgary Games became a staple of pop culture and Olympic folklore. - See more at: 


Day 2148 ( My Modeling Debut Video / Wireless Speaker Coming Soon )
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Today after leaving my High school, and heading to my business English job, snow starting falling. Lots of snow. Luckily it stopped after my classes ended. Only 2 students showed up today.... aah such a waste... But why complain when I'm being paid ??

The director of my modeling gig last week, sent me the final video today. I have no comments. But check it out.


Wireless speaker

Sony is going to release the SRS-X9 wireless speaker, compatible with 192kHz/24bit high-resolution audio files, on March 8.

It features Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, AirPlay and DLNA, and high-resolution audio playback capability is supported through DLNA network or USB connection. In a Wi-Fi environment, SRS-X9 allows you to enjoy online music services including Sony’s music stream service “Music Unlimited”, Tuneln Radio and radio without a PC. 8 full digital amplifiers, called S-master HX, which reduce noise and distortion, 4 19mm tweeters, 2 mid-range units, and 2 sub-woofers are built-in. It is capable of up-scaling non-high-resolution audio files.
Glass material is used for the upper part of the device where it has the NFC sensor and proximity sensor. By putting your hand close to the upper part, the control panel will appear.
Estimated price: About 60,000 yen



Day 2149 ( Marathon Day )
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

They had some sort of marathon thing today at my main school.... OUT IN THE COLD !!!! I watched them for a few minutes but it was too cold... I headed to the English Teachers room where there was a heater.

Some people are wearing shorts in the COLD!!!