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
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
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
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
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.
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!!!|