Researchers on a high-tech quest for the perfect nipple / Japanese Youths Arrested for Throwing Eggs at foreigners

Picture of the week:

Days 2262 – 2268
Thursday, May 29 – Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Day 2262 ( Cycling to Work /Stolen Fire Hoses?!?)
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rode to work today and it took like 7 minutes. So my complaining about the distance to work was for nothing…. I’m guessing that in snow, it will probably take a maximum or 30 mins.

Also bought a helmet 

just because the students wear helmets and I want to set an example. I bought the helmet at a mall just by my apartment. An expensive “green” mall. You have to pay extra for plastic bags.


The crimes in Japan never ceases to amaze me! 

110 fire hose nozzles stolen in Mie Prefecture

Police in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, are investigating the theft of 110 fire hose nozzles from fire stations. The total amount of damages amounts to approximately 780,000 yen, police said.
According to police, the fire station in Tado first filed a report on April 14 that seven fire hose nozzles had been stolen, NTV reported Saturday. Since then, 15 successive incidents involving stolen hose nozzles and property damage through May 21 have been reported.
Similar robberies have occurred in the surrounding areas around Kuwana, police said.

Now wah dem ago do wid fire hose??? kmt.



Day 2263 ( Tennis Practice / 291 Heat Stroke Victims Already!! )
Friday, May 30, 2014

Downloaded a scanning app today, just to avoid using the school’s fax machine to fax my reports to Tokyo. What I did instead is scan it with my phone then email.

Genius scan
I rode to school this morning with the new helmet. And apparently I am driving a good portion of these Junior High School girls crazy... oh boy.

I saw this car with a Jamaican flag on it very close to my apartment.

Later on I played tennis 

with my Jamaican friend and some others. I think the last time I played tennis was probably back in 1995. I honestly can’t recall playing tennis anytime between then and today. Almost 19 years. I surprised myself though….Wasn’t too bad at all.


291 taken to hospital for heatstroke in one week

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency announced Tuesday that 291 people were taken to hospital nationwide to be treated for heatstroke during the week from May 19 to May 25.
According to the agency, 145 were over 65 years old.
By prefecture, 24 cases were reported in Saitama Prefecture—the highest number—followed by 21 each in Aichi and Okayama prefectures.
The agency started releasing figures on heatstroke patients a week earlier than last year. It will release the data each Tuesday on its website.
Last year, more than 50,000 people were taken to hospital to be treated for heatstroke between May and September, according to the agency.



Day 2264 ( Toyama Sanno Festival Day 1/ Researches searches for the perfect Nipple ! )
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Had a special meeting today. Rode in the sun for 25 minutes to the meeting location. This maps app on the iphone is absolutely genius. I hated it at first but now it's like magic. 

Later I had some kind of Nigerian stew. 

The taste is very similar to something we have in Jamaica call stew peas.  

Also went to a yearly 3 days festival in Toyama known as Sanno festival. I will be going there tomorrow and the day after as well.

Me and 2 beautiful ladies that can cook really well!


Researchers on a high-tech quest for the perfect nipple

Pervs!!! Do you really think I was going to show a real nipple !!!

In a quiet side-room at Pigeon Corp’s spacious R&D facility north of Tokyo, researchers are on a high-tech quest - to perfect a baby’s bottle teat that replicates a breastfeeding mother’s nipple.
Pigeon, founded almost 60 years ago, sells about 100 million bottle teats a year and has a more than 80 percent share of the Japanese market. As the country’s birth rate declines, the company has moved overseas and ex-Japan sales will this year for the first time account for more than half its total revenue.
Its main target market is China, where parents aspire to quality Japanese bottles to feed their babies. Pigeon, which has a workforce of close to 3,500, hopes to have 50% share of the baby bottle teat market in all major international markets by around 2020, according to a note by Shared Research.
At its 15,400-square-meter facility at Tsukubamirai, some of the more than 100 researchers involved in product development place ultrasound devices under suckling babies’ chins to monitor how their tongues move.
That’s a step forward from when they used to place cameras under the bottles to monitor how babies drink milk, and a giant leap from the company’s founder’s research methods.
In a Japan recovering from World War II, Yuichi Nakata spent six years travelling around the country asking lactating mothers if he could drink from their breasts. He sometimes offered to pay, and is said to have drunk the breast milk of around 1,000 women - from hostesses to total strangers - to learn more about their nipples.
“My grandfather was even slapped by women after he made the proposal,” said Yusuke Nakata, the late founder’s grandson who is now managing director at Pigeon’s Singapore office. “Our final goal is to make a teat as close as possible to a real mother’s nipples.”
Pigeon today has 200 mother and baby paid volunteers who take part in the research.



Day 2265 ( Toyama Sanno Festival Day 2)
Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rode to the festival… Took about 15 mins from my apartment to get there. Met up with 2 of my other Jamaican friends in the area. Check out the pics:


3 youths arrested for throwing eggs at foreign students in Saga

Police in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, said Wednesday they have arrested three youths, one aged 19, and two aged 18, for throwing eggs at students from Nepal, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

According to police, the three youths threw eggs at the foreign exchange students from a car on numerous occasions, the most recent incident occurring at around 9:30 p.m. on May 20, NTV reported. Police said two of the suspects have admitted their guilt, while the third said he didn’t know anything about it.

Police said that since last December, there have been 19 cases of foreign students being pelted with eggs and mayonnaise, as well as being hit with gravel fired from an air gun and they are questioning the three youths about their involvement in those incidents.

All the students were studying at a Japanese language institute in Tosu.


Day 2266 (Toyama Sanno Festival Day 3 / Check Out Mike's Photography )
Monday, June 2, 2014

No classes today. 

Went to the final day/night of the sanno festival. Did you notice some of the photos from yesterday? They were taken by another Jamaican who is right here in Toyama. Michael Mighty aka Big Mike has been doing photography since 2011. Check out some of his work....


You can check out his work at


Day 2267 (  )
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Played football with the students after work today. But stopped for the last final 45 mins to deal with some issues concerning my apartment in Yokohama. They didn't even play a match of any sort. Just passing and running around. 



 Day 2268 (  )
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ok so …. Started this new job as a trainer since April. Still haven’t seen the positives about it yet. Especially financially. I’m in Toyama now, spent quite a bit of money while I’m here and yet to get back a cent. I’m pretty sure that I’m gonna get it back but the process is taking too long. And I’m running low, as I’m still suffering from my part-time runnings last school year. I've not fully recovered yet. I do have my "just in case" savings that I refuse to touch, simply because it's a "just in case" savings. I trust that everything will all come together though.