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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jamaican Restaurants (I know of) In Japan / 4 Japanese beauty fads Westerners just don’t understand / Why England Sucks At The World cup

Had another idea for photo of the week, but this stole the show.

Photo of the week:




Days 2297 – 2303 
Thursday, July 3 – Wednesday, July 9, 2014



Day 2297 ( Captain America - Winter Soldier / 

4 Japanese beauty fads Westerners just don’t understand)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Was going to play football with the junior high school guys today but it started raining so I decided not to.

When I got home, I watched Captain America - Winter Soldier. It was pretty interesting. Falcon was a bossssss.... Action was good, story line was ok and it was entertaining. 



I give this a 7.5/10.


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4 Japanese beauty fads Westerners just don’t understand



Beauty standards and trends differ from culture to culture, so something that’s fashionable and pretty to one woman can be bizarre, sometimes even ugly, to another half the world away. This is especially true in the case of Japanese beauty fads, which often leave Westerners thinking, “Why on earth are you doing that to yourself?!” while Japanese fashion magazines insist that it’s the path to ultimate “kawaii-ness.”
Narrow eyes, small noses, straight black hair – so many of the aesthetics common to Japanese women are considered gorgeous by many Western girls (and boys!). But what many Japanese girls obsess over as being beautiful is often quite different. Humans have a tendency to want what they don’t have, and in the same way that many Westerners find Japanese girls beautiful and ‘exotic’, many Japanese women idolize Western looks and are prepared to use a variety of beauty tricks to attain their ideal. There are also plenty of trends that are Japan-specific and developed internally rather than from looking outwards, and these two kinds of aesthetics mingle to create the general Japanese beauty zeitgeist, which is supported by a beauty industry worth 1.4 trillion yen in 2011.
The following are four fads that are currently making cosmetics companies in Japan extremely happy.
1. Skin whitening (Not surprising to Jamaicans)

Take a look at the beauty products on sale in any Japanese drug store, and you’ll find many potions and lotions that claim to whiten the skin.
While in times past in the U.S. and Europe a suntan was seen as undesirable as it was a sign of having been outside working in the fields while the upper classes remained pale by keeping indoors, nowadays the opposite is true for many people. A year-round tan is a sign that someone can afford to spend their time at the beach or jetting off to sunny holiday destinations, and most people are eager to gain the healthy glow that most celebrities sport, regardless of the warnings doctors and skincare experts give about overexposure to UV rays.

On the other hand, white skin has remained a mainstream aesthetic ideal in Japan, despite the trend for dark skin started in the 1990s by “ganguro” girls, and that is still popular among the “gal” fashion subculture today.
2. Snaggleteeth

Especially in the U.S., straight, uniform (and sometimes frighteningly white) teeth are a must. People spend a lot of money on straightening their teeth out, and the idea that someone would pay to have previously straight teeth misaligned seems completely bizarre. However, a considerable number of women in Japan are doing just that.

The “yaeba” or snaggle tooth look is thought to be cute, and cosmetic dentistry practices are offering temporary and permanent solutions to achieve that crooked smile. While in the West you might be teased for looking like a vampire, in Japan your fangs would gain you instant “kawaii” credibility.
3. Double eyelids


Many Westerners find Asian almond-shaped eyes beautiful. However, some Japanese women will go out of their way to try and create a double eyelid, using tape and prongs to force their skin into the desired shape in a process that looks quite painful, but that I’ve been assured isn’t.
4. Eye bag makeup

Many Japanese women are concerned about having a “flat face,” and I’ve been complimented by Japanese people for the fact that my face is very “three-dimensional.” (I thought we were all 3D, but perhaps some people think they are actually anime characters in real life?)

While eye bags are something that many of us work hard to eliminate or disguise as they are thought to make us look tired and old, some Japanese girls use contouring and highlighting makeup to emphasize the area under their eyes and make it look “puffy.” As someone who slaps on the concealer every morning to avoid looking like a panda, this is the trend that I can understand the least.
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Day 2298 ( Why England Sucks At The World cup )
Friday, July 4, 2014



Had no classes today... But started preparing lessons for next week. And tried to prepare something fun for the English club. Man these kids are hard to motivate. In class they are ok but at English club is another story.


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England too insular for World Cup success





In many ways, it’s a head-scratcher: the country that invented football and which has the richest, most watched and, many would agree, best league in global football is also one of the worst performers at this World Cup. How can that be?
We are, of course, talking here about England — that self-important nation which is no longer very good at football but is quite brilliant at marketing it.
And that, right there, is part of its problem.
The argument goes like this and by now is familiar: Because the Premier League is so good at selling itself, its wealthy clubs can pay huge salaries to attract the best footballers. These foreign imports then elbow aside young Englishmen who don’t develop as they should because they don’t play enough. The resulting weakening of the English game, according to this logic, helps explain why England is now flying home winless from Brazil. Twenty years ago, two-thirds of players who started Premier League matches were eligible to play for England. Now, just one-third are, the Football Association said in a report released before this World Cup debacle, sounding the alarm and getting its excuses in early.

In short, the pool of top English talent is becoming too shallow. But there’s also another reason that the English don’t talk about: their players are too English, too insular, and they’re failing to use the globalization of football to better themselves, as other nations are doing with such spectacular results at this World Cup.
Many protagonists at this tournament are players who had to move overseas to further their careers. Faced with a choice of learning to become better footballers with clubs abroad or staying close to friends, family and familiarity at home, they chose football. Too few English players make that same choice.
Take Luis Suarez, scorer of both Uruguay goals that sent England packing. At 19, he moved to the Netherlands to play football and improve. Edinson Cavani, whose delightful cross set up Suarez’s first goal against England, also hadn’t celebrated his 20th birthday when he moved to Italy.
Mario Balotelli, the scorer of Italy’s winner against England, moved to Manchester. Costa Rica, which stunned everyone except itself by qualifying top of the England-Italy-Uruguay group, got its first goal in Brazil from well-travelled striker Joel Campbell, who before his 22nd birthday later this week has already played for clubs in France, Spain and Greece.

England players, by comparison, are stick-in-the-muds. All but one of Roy Hodgson’s squad of 23 play in England. The exception, reserve goalkeeper Fraser Forster, didn’t stray far: he’s with Celtic in Scotland. This is surely part of the reason why England players often seem to travel so poorly compared to more worldly-wise rivals with broader horizons from other nations.
The English island mentality was also on display in the FA’s proposals for arresting the decline of the national squad. Pulling up the drawbridge, it proposed stricter limits on the numbers of foreign players coming to England.
But here’s an alternative idea: If English players are struggling to get enough games with teams in England, then why don’t more of them pack their bags and try their luck overseas, just as so many non-English players do?
The FA report noted that the Champions League group stage this season featured 47 Brazilian players, even though that is a European competition. That is just one indication of how readily players from other countries move overseas. Historically, the English as a people have been intrepid travelers. In the Amazon city of Manaus, where England played its first match of this World Cup, English engineers left behind a sewage system, among other things. But the list of English footballers who have made names for themselves abroad is a short one.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/england-too-insular-for-world-cup-success?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-27_AM

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Day 2299 ( Jamaican Restaurants In Japan )
Saturday, July 5, 2014


There was an ALT meeting today in Toyama. I jogged there instead of riding because the forecast said there would be a 90% chance of rain. Jogging to the meeting took like 50 mins and I was soaked. Not because of any rain (no rain fell at all), but because of my sweat. I got to the meeting exactly on time... and put on a tie because we were going to take a group photo. I had no mirror so I asked my friend if the tie looked ok.... She said I look like a man without a woman LOL !!!! ah bwoy. Single life I tell yuh. 

The meeting took about 2 hours...it was a good meeting I think....
After the meeting, I took a very short trip to Kyoto and visited the Jamaican restaurant there. I haven't been here in almost a year. 






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Jamaican Restaurants In Japan


Jamaican cuisine is becoming popular in Japan. Well kinda sorta. A part from the many Jerk chicken stalls at the Yearly One Love Festival in Tokyo... 




There are a couple of Jamaican restaurants around in Japan. I was surprised when I first got here...and equally many Japanese here are equally surprised about them as well. I'm going to start from the southern (western) end of Japan going up to the north (east).  I will provide the name, their numbers and their website/facebook page if they have any. Directions are not my thing. Oh and beware .... if you take too long to visit some of these restaurants, they might be closed/shut down when you finally get there. Jamaican restaurants seem to pop up and down fairly quickly. Here goes



Okinawa

Flex Bar & Grill


I guess depending on who put that black doll there.....
can make a biiiig difference

Phone:  098-926-0470

http://www.bar-flex.com/

http://okinawahai.com/flex-bar-grill/



Hiroshima

Jerk Kitchen, Hiroshima (this one maybe closed down) !




Tel. :082-232-2865

http://www.gethiroshima.com/dining/jerk-kitchen/#/


http://illmakeitmyself.net/2011/06/15/jerk-kitchen-2/


Okayama


Xaymaca


This one I've been to several times and the owner is my friend. The stew chicken is really good....




Tel : 086-254-0420

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=125633390844328


Kobe, Hyogo


Jamaicana





http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/9046.html

Tel: 078-251-6488

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Jamdung bar

I think I went here once or twice....can't quite remember. 




Kyoto


Rub a dub

Been here a couple of times (even last weekend as you may have seen). They don't really sell a lot of Jamaican cuisine but the Jamaican vibes is there and the music. Even some of the workers there are musicians. Really friendly customers and staff usually. If I'm not mistaking, this is the first and longest standing Jamaican restaurant in Japan. Been around since 1986. 




http://www.rubadub.org/

Tel:075-256-3122/info@rubadub.org


Toyama

Jelly's


Just got here about 2 months now and learnt there is a Jamaican restaurant here out in the middle of no where.



Tel: 076-481-6292

http://jellys.jimdo.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jamaica.jellys


Tokyo

Jamrock Cafe (Harajuku)

One of my best and most visited on this list. I usually perform poetry here at the end of each month, however since last year, I haven't had the chance to go so often. This is the real deal home made Jamaican stuff. Big up yuh self Yvonne.




Phone(03) 3478- 2364 / 080-4454-8086

http://www.jamrockcafeonline.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/JamRock-Cafe/113711698645417?fref=ts


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Good Wood Terrace (Shibuya)


Out of the above mentioned Jamrock or Good wood Terrace, I'm not sure which one I visit more. The main 2 reasons why I come to this one often is because my good friend works here and because it is just about 40 mins on the train from Yokohama.




Tel:03-5728-7418
http://goodwoodterrace.net/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Wood-Terrace/342687789118878?fref=ts


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Aalawi 

Been here about 3 or 4 times and to be honest..... They have the best jerk chicken and jerk pork I taste since living in Japan.... That's not counting the Jerk stuff at the One Love festival. The one love festival jerk chicken is hands down the best...if you find the right stall.



Tel:03-5793-5027


http://guinavi.com/gourmet/ebisushinagawa/allawi/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aalawis-Jerk/131611936912859?fref=ts


Special mentions


Yokohama


Isobe shoten


Definitely not a Jamaican restaurant but you will hear a lot of reggae music. It's more of a tempura restaurant. Lots of fry stuff. The owner went to Jamaica several times then decided to open up a restaurant. And it's 2 train stops from my apartment in Yokohama. They throw random reggae parties every now and again.




Tel: 045-367-8277

https://www.facebook.com/KanazawabunkoIsobeShouten


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Junpun mangetsudou

醇風満月堂

Also not a Jamaican restaurant but they sell a version of Jerk chicken ... and the owners are big into reggae music and rastafarian culture. This is 1 train stop away from my apartment or say a 15 mins walk. The pub is really small but they also throw random reggae parties... mostly Japanese reggae but yeah you will see loads of people.




The owner is that dude there in the green cap

I've been here maybe 3 or 4 times. And honestly, I get a weird feeling when I go there.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/%E9%86%87%E9%A2%A8%E6%BA%80%E6%9C%88%E5%A0%82/112830565441196

http://www.worldreggaenews.com/spot_detail.php?shop_id=310

Tel: 045-701-9902

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Day 2300 ( Toyama City Beer Festival )
Sunday, July 6, 2014


Went to a yearly beer festival with 2 Jamaicans that live nearby. I realized that if I went to this festival alone, I probably would have left really early. Mainly because I only know a few people so far.










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Day 2301 ( Nike Training )
Monday, July 7, 2014


Started exercising again. This time using 2 exercising iphone applications by nike. 


Nike Running

Nike Training

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Day 2302 ( Brazil Massacred by Germany )
Tuesday, July 8, 2014




Played football with the junior high school students today again and yeah I had a great time. These dudes can play... and at least 5 out of the main 11 guys on the team are taller than me. I still to this day can't make a powerful kick from the ground when the ball is just there.... I can dribble well .... and can leave any defender on the ground wondering how I got past them. I will also score a goal if I'm near to the goal. But take me out to the 18 yard box and I will probably never score from that far.

Yeah so my team is out of the world cup :( But I knew they had absolutely no chance against Germany with the way they played so far in this world cup. So against my will, I bet against them in the yahoo competition I'm in, and yup I was correct. Only thing, I expected them to get something like 2-1. But to my surprise..... Yeah you all know what happened. And of course the memes...


I bet 2-1 against Brazil

But I was off by 5


The Memes



Evolution of the World cup 2014 logo




Only Game of Thrones fans would understand this.


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Day 2303 ( Observation ) 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Some peeps from my company came to observe my class today. Along with the 2 vice principals at the school. This is my job actually to observe other teachers .... So it did kinda feel weird being observed. But so far the benefits of what I'm doing now, far outweighs the negatives so let me quit complaining about small stuff. They all seemed to enjoy the class though... students and observers alike. So no problem. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dude, you are totally delusional.

While it's true some Asian women may use whitening creams and some may even get eye surgery.

You are delusional from your western perspective to assume this is to be "western".

This isn't.

Are you even aware that up to 40% of Japanese people are born with partial double eyelid? Depends what you are calling double eyelid also, most in fact are born with a small fold.

Go look at hundreds of Japanese babies if you don't believe me. Also many are born with pale skin anyway, and if they keep out of the sun it stays pale.



So the minority of women who are using whitening creams or tape or surgery on eyes are actually trying to look like those other Asian women, not trying to look western.

If they wanted to look western they would get full nose surgery, get total inset eyes etc. Obviously they don't do that, they are trying to just be like the prettier Asian women is all.



It's your projection that they are trying to be western, since you are western in culture so you have that in your mindset.



It's the same exact thing as in western people how some who have curly or wavy hair may want to use a hair straightener, or how some western women with brown hair may want to use products to make it blonde, or even how some women get breast implants.
They are copying other women within their country that already have those features naturally. Get it?



So stop spreading BS, you may not even realize you are because of your delusion of your culture bias. You assume things and then believe they are truths.

But the facts are.

1. Many tan people exist in Japan, many damn Japanese pornstars are tan to all different degrees. Some are also pale also (you assume a pale one is the result of creams and products, you are being delusional).
The women who do use whitening products, you can tell if you have a brain and eyes. They don't look natural, typically whiter face than body, typically washed out look to their skin, and sometimes hair is affected also.

So you are being a true douche to throw in all those naturally born and pale Japanese women in with those women who use whitening stuff. sigh


2. Many Japanese are born with actual eyes that aren't total slits, sorry to tell you this. Many of the women in JAV etc have eyes within normal for Japanese people.



It's true that some women in Japan who are born with narrower eyes may use the tape things and some may even get surgery. But don't use that fact to launch BS onto all the people who are born with eyes like that anyway. sigh

The Japanese eyes don't even look anything like western eyes anyway, so your whole claim is ridiculous.


Have you ever considered the fact that maybe all those little girls/boys grow up to be adults?

http://s20.postimg.org/3zrzrizcd/rdrjdrjdrj.jpg



Sigh.



Anonymous said...

Dude, you are totally delusional.

While it's true some Asian women may use whitening creams and some may even get eye surgery.

You are delusional from your western perspective to assume this is to be "western".

This isn't.

Are you even aware that up to 40% of Japanese people are born with partial double eyelid? Depends what you are calling double eyelid also, most in fact are born with a small fold.

Go look at hundreds of Japanese babies if you don't believe me. Also many are born with pale skin anyway, and if they keep out of the sun it stays pale.



So the minority of women who are using whitening creams or tape or surgery on eyes are actually trying to look like those other Asian women, not trying to look western.

If they wanted to look western they would get full nose surgery, get total inset eyes etc. Obviously they don't do that, they are trying to just be like the prettier Asian women is all.



It's your projection that they are trying to be western, since you are western in culture so you have that in your mindset.



It's the same exact thing as in western people how some who have curly or wavy hair may want to use a hair straightener, or how some western women with brown hair may want to use products to make it blonde, or even how some women get breast implants.
They are copying other women within their country that already have those features naturally. Get it?



So stop spreading BS, you may not even realize you are because of your delusion of your culture bias. You assume things and then believe they are truths.

But the facts are.

1. Many tan people exist in Japan, many damn Japanese pornstars are tan to all different degrees. Some are also pale also (you assume a pale one is the result of creams and products, you are being delusional).
The women who do use whitening products, you can tell if you have a brain and eyes. They don't look natural, typically whiter face than body, typically washed out look to their skin, and sometimes hair is affected also.

So you are being a true douche to throw in all those naturally born and pale Japanese women in with those women who use whitening stuff. sigh


2. Many Japanese are born with actual eyes that aren't total slits, sorry to tell you this. Many of the women in JAV etc have eyes within normal for Japanese people.



It's true that some women in Japan who are born with narrower eyes may use the tape things and some may even get surgery. But don't use that fact to launch BS onto all the people who are born with eyes like that anyway. sigh

The Japanese eyes don't even look anything like western eyes anyway, so your whole claim is ridiculous.


Have you ever considered the fact that maybe all those little girls/boys grow up to be adults?

http://s20.postimg.org/3zrzrizcd/rdrjdrjdrj.jpg



Sigh.