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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Marijuana/Weed Shop runs Out of Weed in Seattle / Heavy Use of Social Networks Can Destroy Marriages and Relationships

Photo of the Week:

Days 2311 – 2317 
Thursday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 2311 ( Heavy Twitter use is bad for marriage: study)
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Started playing Uncharted 3 - Drake's Deception 

again after taking like a 1 year break. I got stuck in it because it has too many annoying puzzles. So I played it while watching a walk-through on youtube. 


Heavy Twitter use bad for marriage: study

I must admit that facebook got me in some mess more than once with relationships. I gather, I'm not the only one.  

Heavy Twitter use can lead to conflicts and other damaging effects on marriages and romantic relationships, a study says.

The study followed up on previous research which showed similar impacts for Facebook and raises questions about whether social network use in general is bad for relationships.
The study appearing in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking found that “active Twitter use leads to greater amounts of Twitter-related conflict among romantic partners, which in turn leads to infidelity, breakup, and divorce.”
The author, University of Missouri doctoral researcher Russell Clayton, concluded that these findings add to the evidence about social network use’s dark side for personal relationships.
Clayton’s research published in the same journal last year found that a high level of Facebook usage was associated with “negative relationship outcomes.”
The journal’s editor-in-chief Brenda Wiederhold said these findings highlight the need for more study on social network use.
“Since much of the social networking research is in its infancy, we do not know if other media, such as Instagram will also impact relationships in a negative way,” she said in a statement.
The latest study surveyed 581 adult Twitter users, asking about how often they use the social network and about what conflicts arose between participants’ current or former partners as a result of Twitter use.
Clayton found that the more often a respondent reported being active on Twitter, the more likely they were to experience Twitter-related conflict with a partner.
The results “partially replicate” Clayton’s earlier research on Facebook use and negative relationship outcomes, he wrote.
“Based on the findings from both studies, Twitter and Facebook use can have damaging effects on romantic relationships,” he said in the study.
“That is, when (social networking) use becomes problematic in one’s romantic relationship, risk of negative relationship outcomes may follow.”

Day 2312 ( Seattle's First legal pot shop runs out of marijuana)
Friday, July 18, 2014

Jogged to work this morning, did 2 classes then got seriously soaked in the rain while heading home. Luckily I had my umbrella but it did little justice against the torrential rain. Lightning, thunder and all. It was sudden and scary. 

When I got home, my good friend here in Japan recommended we start playing an online game on the PS3. I am hardly busy so why not?  We started playing Red Dead Redemption online with the PS3. 

It is like Grand Theft Auto but in the wild wild west. 


Seattle's first legal pot shop runs out of marijuana

Seattle’s first and only recreational marijuana store had to close on Friday after running out of stock in just three days since Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults.
Cannabis City opened in Seattle on Tuesday with at least 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of marijuana for sale, and by close of business Thursday it was all gone. A message on the store’s phone line said it would re-open on July 21.
There were widespread concerns that shortages of pot would afflict retailers this week after the state issued its first 25 licenses to outlets, under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in November 2012.
Some business owners planned to limit the amount of marijuana early customers could buy to try to make stocks last.
Amber McGowan, manager at Cannabis City, told Reuters the store would likely not have enough inventory to stay open for all of its regularly scheduled business hours until a delivery that was due next week.

She said the shop was only able to stay open as long as it had by limiting customers to 0.2 ounces (six grams) per purchase, rather than the legal limit of 1.0 ounce (28 grams).
The roll-out of recreational sales in Colorado and then Washington comes as a broader trend of liberalization and pro-pot activism takes hold in the United States.
Progress in Washington has been slow, however, with state regulators still processing more than 300 license applications, and approved growers producing only limited harvests so far.
Industry insiders say the shortages are likely to be only temporary, caused in part by the short notice many retailers had to prepare for opening, and a surge of pent-up demand.
This week, Colorado estimated that state’s total marijuana demand for this year at 130 tons.
“A year from now, product is likely going to be far more available,” said Sean Green, chief executive officer of Kouchlock Productions, a marijuana producer in Washington.
Another local supplier, Wow Weed, said they were trying to help the stores, but that there was only so much they could do.

“We have been hearing from retailers off the hook. My voice mail is full every single day,” said Wow’s Susy Wilson. “It’s the same people calling over and over, hoping I’ll pull something out of thin air.”
Frustrated consumers in Seattle, a city of some 630,000 people, made light of the shortages, with one Twitter user urging outlets to adopt a green “Pot Light” system for their windows to show they had stock - similar to the Hot Light employed by a well-known donut brand.


Day 2313 ( Hurt Locker / Latin Dance Lesson 3)

Stayed home and watched a 2008 movie called Hurt Locker, about some American military guys in Iraq? Afghanistan? Not even sure... But yeah one of those middle east desert places. I kinda like these movies.   

I give it a 7 / 10


In the evening, I went to yet another Latin party of sorts. Are you noticing that I'm enjoying these? This time they brought a professional from Cuba to teach us salsa, bachata, and merengue. It was even more crazy fun, because my Jamaican friend was there. So we combined the bachata stuff with some Jamaican dances like "willy bounce" and "pon di river". Much to the delight of the others there. 

This Cuban Lady was teaching us.
My elbow needs some lotion

As you you see ... It was maaad fun... I could do this everyday. 

Day 2314 ( Jamaican Cook out/link up in Takaoka, Toyama )
Sunday, July 20, 2014 (6 years 4 months)

My Jamaican friends in the neighboring city of Takaoka, picked me up this afternoon for us to do a sort of cook out thing. It was 9 of us... All Jamaicans.

We had curry goat, fried chicken, carrot juice, mashed potato salad. It was a great time. 

Haven't had curry goat or lamb... whatever this curry was, in a while. After taking the train back with a couple of the Jamaicans, I walked/ran 3 miles/4.8 Km from the Toyama station, back to my apartment. 


Day 2315 ( The Grey / The Walking Dead /19 yo Woman Tries to Kill family but Ends up killing only Her Son)
Monday, July 21, 2014

After those activities on Saturday and Sunday, I stayed in all day today, and it was boring. I seem to be disliking holidays now .... Today is known as sea day in Japan ... A national holiday dedicated to the sea/ocean. So yeah I watched a 2012 film recommended to me by my Jamaican friend. It's called The Grey ... starring Liam Neeson .... Same dude that came in Taken ( really great) and Taken 2 (which was a huge flop for me).

I give it a 6.5/10 .... At some points there was just too much talking and no action.... And personally I think the plot was lacking..... Pretty much a man and some others surviving a plane crash, fighting wolves, and missing his girlfriend and daughter... That's it. It wasn't too bad though... My friends in Jamaica also recommended that I watch the series called The Walking Dead.  

I am not a fan of zombies ... I much prefer vampires or ware-wolves :).... So I was a bit skeptical. The first episode was ok. Not feeling it too much but it was ok. 


These recent sad stories in Japan I tell you. 

19-year-old mother arrested after car crash kills 1-year-old son

Police in Fukuoka have arrested a 19-year-old mother for vehicular manslaughter after she crashed her car, killing her 1-year-old son. Her 23-year-old husband was also injured in the crash.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 a.m. Friday in the city’s Nishi Ward. NTV quoted police as saying the family of three were in a car being driven by the woman when it accelerated and slammed into a traffic light pole.
Police said the boy, who was sitting in a child seat in the back, suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. The woman’s husband, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, suffered a fracture in his lower back, while the woman sustained only minor injuries.
Police quoted the woman, who is a student, as saying, “My husband had betrayed me. So I thought I would kill us all at one time, and so at that stoplight, I decided to slam on the accelerator and end our lives.”
Police said the family was on their way to the husband’s relatives after an argument.


Day 2316 ( Check out Personalize With Vinyl )
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today, the second year students had some form of inter-class track and field event in the raging heat..... It was interesting. 

In the evening, I had grilled beef (yakiniku), chicken, shrimp and lots of food. Very close to my apartment. It's hard to say but my apartment in Toyama is in a much better location than my apartment in Yokohama. I can't believe initially I was complaining.   
Ishiyaki bibimbap and yakiniku
I pretty much live right next to a mall and loads of restaurants just 1 or 2 minutes away. 


Check out Personalize With Vinyl 

A Jamaican here in Japan is also trying to venture into the business world like myself. So she started printing messages on items like cups and t-shirts etc etc. at a price. 

Take my picture

Check out her website and facebook page at



Day 2317 ( Benesse - Owner of Berlitz in Trouble )
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today, the 3rd years had a 2 hour inter-class football competition. It was really exciting. But to my surprise, many of the classes with lots of soccer club members, lost their matches. It was the strangest thing to me. Only to find out that some of the other guys who were not in the soccer club, actually play for some under 15 semi-professional teams. But at the school they choose to join some other club. 


Benesse struggling to deal with massive theft of customer data

This is the parent company of Berlitz that I did an interview with a couple of months ago and got turned down. 

Education service provider Benesse Corporation is under fire after a large amount of customer data was stolen from the company’s private data banks. Since the news broke last week, the company has been struggling to identify the scope of the problem and how it occurred.

Benesse says that a part-time employee of a subcontractor with access to its database copied the names and addresses of at least 7.6 million customers, including info on children. The employee, who has not been publicly identified, is believed to have sold the info to advertising and other companies.
Benesse said its affiliate company Synform Co oversaw its database operations. However, it has now been learned that Synform outsourced some of its business to other companies, TBS reported. Police, who are investigating the leak as a case of data theft, said a systems engineer at one of the firms outsourced by Synform has admitted copying the data but claimed he had no idea it was Benesse data he was giving away.

Police said that the systems engineer was given the job at the end of last year and it was at that time that he began copying large amounts of private customer data through the end of January with the intention of selling it, TBS reported.
Police said the stolen data was sold at least twice before ending up with Tokushima company JustSystems Corp which used it to send ads to Benesse customers.
A JustSystems spokesman told a news conference that the firm was unaware it was buying stolen data and said it would erase the information from its database. However, Benesse has asked JustSystems not to do so, saying that data erasure will hamper its investigation into the trail of the stolen data.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Latin Dance Part 2 / 10 dishes Japanese men want their girlfriends to cook for them / Exorcism in Japan

Pictures of the week: 

Days 2304 – 2310 
Thursday, July 10 – Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day 2304 ( Honda JET flies )
Thursday, July 10, 2014

A huge typhoon (Neoguri) was threatening to tear Japan a new one. It didn't really affect much of the mainland but it did some damage down in Okinawa and Kyuushuu ( The southern most of the 4 main islands of Japan ).

All we got in my area was a little wind and very little rain. Almost nothing comes to this prefecture .... seriously. No earthquake, no people ... nothing !



First HondaJet takes to the skies

Honda Aircraft Co announced Friday that the first production HondaJet achieved its initial flight, marking another milestone toward aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015. The event took place at the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“With this first flight, the HondaJet program has entered the next exciting phase as we prepare for delivery,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Today’s celebration is the culmination of extensive engineering and production efforts, and this is an important achievement in bringing the world’s most advanced light jet to market.”

The first production aircraft lifted off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a speed of 348 Knots True Airspeed (KTAS). Following a smooth landing, the aircraft and its crew were greeted by more than 1,000 Honda Aircraft team members to commemorate the milestone.
The aircraft was flown by test pilot Warren Gould, pilot-in-command. The crew completed several checks during the flight including low and high speed handling characteristics, avionics and system functionality including landing gear, flaps and speed brake operations.



Day 2305 ( Dog Scares Away Bear )
Friday, July 11, 2014

Did an exercise from my English book "Let's Chat" .... with the English club students today then went home and started watching old episodes of the Simpson's. 


Dog scares off bear attacking 63-year-old man in Ishikawa

This is the prefecture next to where I live now !!!

A dog scared off a black bear that attacked an elderly couple while they were walking along a mountain path near their home in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday morning.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 9 a.m. NTV reported that the couple were walking their dog when they were attacked from behind by the bear. The 63-year-old man sustained bites to his head, police said. He was taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.
The man’s wife said their dog Shokora jumped up at the bear and barked at it and it fled into the mountains.
Police have stepped up patrols and asked local resident to be on the alert because bears can be dangerous this time of year as they search for mates.




Day 2306 ( Latin Dance Party ! / Fatal Abuse of 3 yo )
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Stayed in for the most part and started playing a game called Kill Zone 2. 

I actually bought this game sometime ago while living in Okayama, but got stuck in it and decided to just give it a break... until now.

Later on, a lady in Toyama invited me out to go to a Latin dance party. If you read my blog about 2 years ago, you may realize that this would have been my second time to go to any form of Latin kinda thing. I know nothing about salsa, bachatta, meringue etc. But I went, watched and participated every now and again. I must say that I am learning. 

After this, I was invited to a Latin bar that opened recently called Latin Rock - Toyama.


The bar was filled with mostly people from Paraguay but a few Brazilians were there as well. I had to be speaking to them in Japanese, because they speak almost no English. 


I'm not sure what is going on in Japan but recently there has been a spike in random killing of children and loved ones.

Woman arrested for fatal abuse of 3-year-old stepdaughter

Police in Soka, Saitama Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 32-year-old woman for fatally abusing her 3-year-old stepdaughter.
Police said they received a call from the suspect, Mariko Fukushima, at around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, in which she said her stepdaughter Maika was suffering from convulsions. NTV reported that the girl was rushed to hospital but died later that afternoon.
Police said that during questioning, Fukushima admitted that she pushed Maika violently to the floor because she had become irritated.
Police said Fukushima had been living with Maika and her father since March and are questioning Fukushima about whether she had abused her stepdaughter on other occasions.



Day 2307 ( 10 dishes Japanese men want their girlfriends to cook for them)
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Did absolutely nothing today. Didn't even watch the world cup finals at 5 am in the morning....I am too tired after all those late nights staying up.. I just watched the highlights afterwards on the FIFA website. Argentina did put up a good fight ...But yeah my second choice team ended up winning ..... Congratulations Deutshland/Germany. This world cup has been my best since started watching it in 1994.   


Any foreign ladies out there interested in Japanese men? Outside of been a bit shy, not many Japanese men are interested in taking home a foreign bride... There are a few but they are very very scarce. But if you are a foreign woman that is interested in a Japanese male, then you need to learn how to cook the foods below and read this article......

Men are, in many ways, simple creatures. Our two greatest desires in life are, without question, women and food.
While a tasty meal or a good-looking lass with a nice personality are both things to be thankful for on their own, it’s hard to top the bliss that comes from eating a home-cooked meal made by the girl you like. Still, just as guys have preferences in women, they’ve also got preferences in food, as revealed in a poll that asked Japanese men what dish prepared by their girlfriend makes them the happiest.
Internet portal My Navi Women surveyed 114 men, all out of college and between the ages of 22 and 39. Let’s take a look at the top 10.
10. Stew – 14.9%

While in English “stew” can refer to just about any hearty soup, in Japan it almost always indicates a creamy white sauce broth with carrots, potatoes, chicken, and other assorted vegetables.
8 (tie). Nimono – 15.8%

Coming from the Japanese verb niru, meaning to stew, nimono is a catch-all term for any dish of stewed vegetables, meat, or fish. Daikon radish is a popular nimono standby, but the linguistic loophole means that just about any ingredient can be used.
8 (tie). Gratin – 15.8%

One of Japan’s favorite Western-inspired dishes, gratin is made by baking a pan of pasta, white sauce, cheese, and just about anything else you care to add.
7. Ginger pork – 19.3%

Japanese cooking usually doesn’t go as heavy in the ginger as man other Asian cuisines do. Ginger pork is an exception, though, and the thin strips of meat are often cooked along with sliced onion for extra flavor.
6. Karaage – 21.1%

Also known as Japanese-style fried chicken, karaage can be seasoned with garlic, salt, soy sauce, and/or ginger.
5. Miso soup – 25.4%

Right on the heels of the decadently high-calorie karaage come this low-key, health-conscious choice. While it’s an ubiquitous part of a traditional Japanese meal, every household makes their miso soup a little differently, and this atmosphere of at-home intimacy is probably why it ranks so high on the list. Plus, there’s the fact that the line “I want to have your miso soup” is a very old-school, very-indirect way of proposing marriage.
4. Rice omelet – 28.9%
Another mix of Japanese and Western culinary sensibilities, the rice inside is usually seasoned with ketchup, and mixed with pieces of chicken and mushroom. Extra credit if you draw a heart in ketchup on top, and even more points if you write your and your boyfriend’s name beside it.
3. Nikujaga – 29.8%

Technically, nikujaga, being a bowl of stewed pork, potatoes, carrots, and onions, falls under the nimono category we talked about above. This is such an iconic combination, though, that it gets its own special name, not to mention a special place in the heart of many a simple, old-fashioned guy. What else would you expect from a dish with a name that literally means “meat and potatoes?”
2. Hamburger steak – 32.5%
It’s basically a hamburger, but without a bun getting in the way of its meaty purity. Most ground beef sold in Japanese grocery stores is a mix of beef and pork, so this even has the added appeal of letting your carnivorous guy devour two animals at once.
1. Curry – 41.2%

With tasty curry restaurants dotting the Japanese restaurant landscape, it might seem a little surprising to see curry and rice not only top the list, but do it in such an overwhelming fashion. Don’t underestimate the power of home-cooked curry though. Like miso soup, different chefs tend to add their own unique ingredients, be it seafood, two different brands of roux, or even a whole bar of chocolate.
Having your girlfriend make a batch of curry also has a number of unique upsides. In general, it’s just as easy to make a whole pot as a single serving, so a guy can usually look forward to leftovers the next day. Speaking of which, like spaghetti sauce, the taste of curry goes through subtle transformations even after it’s done cooking, which means there’s a new flavor to look forward when digging into a plate of leftovers.
Perhaps most appealing of all is the timing involved in cooking curry. In the beginning, there’s a lot of prep work that needs to be done, what with peeling the potatoes, slicing the carrots, and setting the rice cooker. Once you’ve got everything in the pot, though, there’s a long period of simmering to wait through, which gives the loving couple ample time to…discuss classical literature. Or, you know, whatever couples do when they’re alone with some time to kill.
Just remember, guys: Common courtesy dictates that if a girl cooks dinner for you, it’s your job to wash the dishes, regardless of whether or not the menu matches up with this list.



Day 2308 ( Japanese Lawmaker bawls at press conference over his use of public funds )
Monday, July 14, 2014

Got another shipment of Jamaican banana chips today. It's like drugs when I'm not in Jamaica.


47 year old politician cries after asked by the media about his misappropriation of funds. So this is what I'm paying tax in Japan for... 


A 47-year-old politician rapidly became an Internet phenomenon in Japan on Wednesday after crying like a baby as he tried to explain his profligate use of public funds.
Television talk shows carried looped footage of a press conference in which Ryutaro Nonomura wails and bangs his fists on the desk as tears stream down his face.
The assemblyman shouts incoherent excuses in between gut-wrenching sobs, punctuated by the long intakes of breath necessary to power the next outburst.
Nonomura, who was elected to the assembly in Hyogo Prefecture in 2011, is suspected of misusing three million yen of official allowances.
According to media reports, he spent the money on 195 trips he made to four locations in one year, including 106 visits to the same hot spring resort, all without producing a receipt or a report.
“(Crying)... I finally became an assembly member ... (crying)... with the sole purpose of changing society,” he shrieked during the three-hour press conference in Kobe.
“(Crying) ... This Japan ... (crying) ...I want to change this society (crying) ... I have staked my life ... (crying) ... Don’t you understand?”
Social media users were merciless.

“Is he alright as a member of society, let alone a member of an assembly?” asked Twitter user @nagatokimura
“There was a kid like that when I was in elementary school. A kid who tried to explain by crying like that. lol,” wrote @chiko86



Day 2309 ( Noah / Rush )
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Finally today I finished watching Noah, after trying to watch it for about 2 weeks now and kept falling asleep. 

It had some interesting parts in it ... and I guess with the various interpretations of the Bible, I won't be the one to say anything about it was incorrect from a Bible scholar's perspective. But I've been slacking up on reading my Bible so for a while I started confusing the Noah story with the story about Abraham's nephew Lot and his daughters.... ... I was expecting Noah's son Ham to be black or with darker skin because traditionally at least, he is believed to be the ancestor of the black race... And as far as I know, all other races came from black.... I stand corrected. I give it a 6/10

I also watched a movie about some back in the days famous formula 1 race care drivers called Rush.

I actually thought it was going to be boring because I have no interest in formula 1 racing whatsoever. But it was surprisingly interesting. I give it a 7.5/10.



Day 2310 ( Woman dies after being forced to drink water during exorcism)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aah some Japanese teachers can be sooo inquisitive when it concerns foreigners but so secretive with their own lives and business. 

So a teacher that enjoys practicing her English or just simply like talking with me was asking me for advice about travelling to Tokyo. I should have known that some ears would be eave dropping on our conversation. Any way.... I told her what I thought and my recommendations..... This was last week. The lady that was curious about our conversation can't speak English very well, so she sent a query with another teacher who can speak some English. The other teacher just out of the blue asked me if I'm going on a trip.... So I told her "yes I am". I thought it was an innocent question because many teachers always query about my summer vacation plans. But that wasn't the case... They wanted to know if I had summer vacation plans with the teacher who was asking me about Tokyo !!! They didn't dear ask the other teacher ..... But you know I'm a foreigner so I guess any question is fine !!! Yeah then the teacher who couldn't speak English was like "ooh I thought you were going on a trip together with hkjhh sensei" ...... Then if this was such a concern of hers, why didn't she ask the other teacher ???? SMH If I was going anywhere with her, it would have been headline news at the school, guaranteed. 


After I went home, I finally ended Kill zone 2... It was quite challenging but fun to play. I didn't wan't to start playing another game yet so I started watching a BBC documentary online about earth. You know them kinda national geographic/Animal planet kinda things? Yeah I know I'm bored....  

I fell asleep on the carpet at around 8:30. Got up back at 12 midnight then back to sleep again at 2.  


I was surprised 2 or 3 years ago when I found out about a man whose full time job is to exorcise demons out of peoples' homes. Yes there is such a job in Japan ...... I remember when the person was telling me about him, she said, when he was buying a house, he was asked his occupation.... when he told the authorities that he was an exorcist, they of course started looking at him weird and asked for clarification. In any case, I guess they eventually accepted what he said and he is making a kill from his job. He has a huge house.  

Woman dies after being forced to drink water during exorcism

Police in Kumamoto city said they have arrested three people for forcing a woman to drink excessive amounts of water in order to exorcise demons from her. The 51-year-old woman subsequently died.
According to police, the incident occurred on June 21. Fuji TV reported that police arrested Eiko Noda, 81, a self-styled exorcist, her sister Keiko Kitayama, 77, and the victim’s husband, Kosai Fukuda, 52, who is an associate professor at Sojo University.
Police said that Noda led a ceremony to perform an exorcism on Fukuda’s wife, Rie. During the ceremony, Rie was forcibly held down while large amounts of water were poured down her throat. The victim was denied a break and choked to death.
According to police, Noda has been performing exorcisms for the last 30 years, and reportedly visited the Fukuda residence several years ago to ward out evil spirits that had been lingering in the home.