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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.
4 Japanese beauty fads Westerners just don’t understand
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.
England too insular for World Cup success
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.
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
Flex Bar & Grill
|I guess depending on who put that black doll there.....|
can make a biiiig difference
Jerk Kitchen, Hiroshima (this one maybe closed down) !
This one I've been to several times and the owner is my friend. The stew chicken is really good....
Tel : 086-254-0420
I think I went here once or twice....can't quite remember.
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.
Just got here about 2 months now and learnt there is a Jamaican restaurant here out in the middle of no where.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 2301 ( Nike Training )
Monday, July 7, 2014
Started exercising again. This time using 2 exercising iphone applications by nike.
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|
|Evolution of the World cup 2014 logo|
|Only Game of Thrones fans would understand this.|
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.