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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 

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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.

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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.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/things-japanese-women-love-and-hate-about-japanese-and-foreign-guys?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-01-23_AM

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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.

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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.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/abandoned-bicycles-dumped-in-tokyo-pond?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-01-27_AM

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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.


http://www.yokohamaymca.org/fureai/ 




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.

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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.

 http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/86/nominees.html 


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.

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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.

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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


Marubeni
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.



6) JICA


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.


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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



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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: 


http://www.jamaicaolympics.com/archives/7634#sthash.FavtQf3S.GsDM6gFO.dpuf


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.





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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
http://www.japantoday.com/category/new-products/view/wireless-speaker-2?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-01-27_AM


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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!!!


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