Days 2255 – 2261
Thursday, May 22, 2014 – Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Day 2255 ( 10 Million Visitors to Japan in 2013 )
Thursday, May 22, 2014
My new boss…. (Actually I don’t even know who is my boss now) basically urged me to take the apartment that was shown to me by the IC (Independent Contractor) yesterday. My interpretation of what he said was basically “Quit complaining and take the apartment. The IC worked hard to find it for you, and there are not many good apartments in the area”. I like the hotel that I’m in but it’s a bit small for my stuff. So I should be moving into my new apartment on Saturday.
Finally got to watch season 3, Episode 9 of Game of thrones that many people were excited about last year this time. I knew what was going to happen but I was still surprised by the events.
S Korea sent the most foreign visitors to Japan in 2013
In 2013, a grand total of 10,363,904 foreign tourists visited Japan. That number surpasses the goal of the Visit Japan Campaign, which began in 2003 with a goal to increase the number of overseas visitors to 10 million.
The Japanese language version of popular travel planning and information website TripAdvisor was quite excited by this news, and recently produced their own visual graphic detailing some fun facts about foreign tourists in the Land of the Rising Sun during 2013. Can you guess which country most of the visitors came from, or which country had the highest percentage jump in visitors? How about the most popular tourist destinations for foreigners traveling in Japan?
TripAdvisor drew on statistics provided by the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA), the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and numbers from their own website to design the visual graphic.
1. South Korea: 2,456,165 visitors
2. Taiwan: 2,210,821 visitors
3. People’s Republic of China: 1,314,432 visitors
4. United States of America: 799,280 visitors
5. Hong Kong: 745,881 visitors
1. Thailand: 74%
2. Hong Kong: 54.9%
3. Vietnam: 53.1%
4. Taiwan: 50.8%
5. Malaysia: 35.6%
The reason for such a large increase in tourists from Thailand? Relaxed visa policies have made it easier to come.
1. Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima
2. Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto
3. Todaiji, Nara
4. Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima), Hiroshima
5. Kinkakuji, Kyoto
1. Park Hyatt Tokyo, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
2. Kyoto Cuisine and Ryokan Shiraume, Kyoto
3. Hotel Mume, Kyoto
4. Family Inn Saiko, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
5. Four Seasons Hotel at Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
I’ll definitely come back: 57.8%
I’d like to come back: 34.9%
I might come back: 4.3%
I don’t want to come back: 3%
Finally, the graphic ends with the message, “Let’s aim for 20 million foreign visitors in 2020!” 20 million people is a lofty goal, but with the 2020 Olympics scheduled for Tokyo, anything is possible.
Day 2256 ( )
Friday, May 23, 2014
Did an audio recording for a test and because it’s test season, I had no class. So that recording was my highlight of the day. In the evening, I went to an Indian restaurant. The food was pricey but really good. And I took my last selfie in the hotel ....................
Day 2257 ( New Apartment )
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Finally checked out of the hotel after 2 weeks. It was cozy but too small. Thereafter, I went on the road to purchase some stuff for my new apartment. Lots of stuff. The apartment is actually nice. Kinda remind me of my apartment back in Niimi, Okayama. Only this one is slightly bigger and has a camera buzzer thing. I'll be back to Yokohama every now and again. Next time being later in June for the one love festival.
Here are the pics of my new apartment.
Day 2258 (Crime in Japan )
Sunday, May 25, 2014
My Jamaican friend visited me to loan me another futon, because 1 futon is clearly not enough for me.
Crime in Japan
Well honestly, Japan is one of the safest countries on earth hands down. But many Japanese pretend that crime is totally non-existent in their country, which is of course a false notion. Check out these recent news:
Saw-wielding man attacks Japan girl group AKB48
Two teenage members of Japanese girl group AKB48 were in hospital Monday after being attacked by a man wielding a saw at one of the band's regular meet-the-fans events, managers said.
Rina Kawaei, 19, and Anna Iriyama, 18, both suffered broken bones in their right hands and received cuts on their arms and heads from the 50-centimetre (20-inch) saw at the event in Iwate in northern Japan.
Reports said the attack came after a mini-concert early Sunday afternoon as fans were lining up to shake hands with performers inside booths.
Kawaei and Iriyama were in the same booth when a man in the queue suddenly produced a saw, the Yomiuri daily said.
Fans told Japanese media they heard a shriek, apparently from one of the young women, saying "Stop it!"
Some of the 100 or so staff and security guards pounced on the attacker and held him until police arrived, reports said. A member of staff was also hurt in the melee.
Here we go no with this crazy 17 year old killing his grandparents!!
17-year-old boy arrested for murdering grandparents
Police in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested a 17-year-old boy for murdering his grandparents at their apartment in March. The boy’s 41-year-old mother has also been arrested.
According to police, Masaaki Ozawa, 73, and his wife Chieko, 77, were stabbed to death on March 26. The couple’s eldest daughter, who had been unable to contact her parents, went to the apartment with police and found them lying on the kitchen floor, covered by boxes and blankets. Next to their bodies was the knife used in the killings.
On April 29, police arrested the victims’ grandson and his mother—the victims’ second oldest daughter—after they withdrew 20,000 yen from the bank account of the grandparents.
TBS quoted police as saying the boy, who lives in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward and works for a demolition company, is suspected of fatally stabbing his grandparents and then stealing their cash cards from them.
Police said the boy has admitted to killing his grandparents, saying he needed money, but his mother’s involvement remains unclear. However, the boy was quoted as saying he received the PIN number from his mother.
I’m not done yet…. Crazy women here too.
3 women arrested for beating acquaintance to death
Police in Tokyo said Thursday they have arrested three women in their 20s for beating to death another woman at her apartment in Shinjuku Ward.
According to police, the three women, two aged 20 and the third aged 26, used pipes and an iron to attack Taeko Hashimoto, who was an acquaintance, at her apartment on May 19, TBS reported. Hashimoto died of her injuries on Wednesday, police said.
The three women were quoted by police as saying that they got mad at Hashimoto because they heard she had been bad-mouthing them to another woman whom they knew.
Day 2259 (Google now the world’s top brand…overtaking Apple)
Monday, May 26, 2014
Another day of doing nothing at work. In Yokohama too much work, in Toyama, well boredom. Which is better? Somewhere in between to strike a balance.
Google overtakes Apple as world's top brand: survey
U.S. search engine Google has overtaken rival technology titan Apple as the world’s top brand in terms of value, global market research agency Millward Brown said Wednesday.
Google’s brand value shot up 40 percent in a year to $158.84 billion, Millward Brown said in its 2014 100 Top BrandZ report.
“Google has been extremely innovative this year with Google Glass, investments in artificial intelligence and a range of partnerships,” said Benoit Tranzer, the head of Millward Brown France.
Google Glass is Internet-linked eyewear for which the firm has joined hands with Luxottica, a frame giant behind Ray-Ban and other high-end brands, to sell the new product in the United States.
“All these activities send a very strong signal to consumers about the essence of Google,” Tranzer said.
Apple, which dominated the top position for three straight years, saw its brand value fall by 20% to $147.88 billion.
The top 10 of the 100 slots were dominated by U.S. firms. IBM was in third place at $107.54 billion, a fall of 4%, followed by Microsoft at $90.19 billion—a 29% rise.
Fast food chain McDonald’s ranked next at $85.71 billion, followed by Coca Cola ($80.68 billion), it said.
China led in the insurance sector with Ping An valued at $12.4 billion and China Life ($12 billion).
French luxury goods manufacturer Louis Vuitton ranked 30th overall but was the top luxury brand with a value of more than $25 billion.
Brand value is calculated on the basis of the firms’ financial performance and their standing among consumers.
Day 2260 ( )
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Aaah my new life… Trying not to complain about the inconvenience…. Well I started sleeping earlier and now all I do is watch anime and dramas online. My left eye started twitching again, over a month now actually. And a part of my right eye has a red area…. Are the computers messing me up? I want to take like a week break from computers but that would prove to be really difficult.
Day 2261 (Another New Bicycle)
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
So yeah I’m in the country side without a car. Hence I had to get a bicycle… well the good thing is that it’s way cheaper to maintain. Plus I will be reimbursed a certain amount.
The guy that delivered my bicycle was nervously shaking when he delivered it…. Ha… stark reminder that I’m in the country… dude was quivering nonstop and also asked if he should take the bicycle into my apartment. No thanks I’m good mi boss.