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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

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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 !


Okinawa


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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.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/first-hondajet-takes-to-the-skies?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-28_PM


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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. 





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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.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/dog-scares-off-bear-attacking-63-year-old-man-in-ishikawa?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-29_AM


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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.







https://www.facebook.com/alexander.rock.7902?fref=ts

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. 


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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.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/woman-arrested-for-fatal-abuse-of-3-year-old-stepdaughter?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-29_AM


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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.   

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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.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/food/view/10-dishes-japanese-men-want-their-girlfriends-to-cook-for-them?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-06-22_AM


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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.


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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... 



https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=536948349761347&set=vb.100003385598029&type=2&theater


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.

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“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
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/lawmaker-bursts-into-tears-at-press-conference-over-his-use-of-public-funds?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-07-03_AM


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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.

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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. 


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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.  


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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.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/woman-arrested-for-calling-110-more-than-900-times-in-14-hours?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-07-03_AM



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