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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jamaica One Love Festival 2017/Jamaicans in Japan Information Session / Ginza 6/ Drunk school teacher, visits student’s house and beats him /

So I made 2 posts in April none in May, then here I am again in June. May was extremely busy!!!

I promised in my last post to feature some where from Jamaica, and another from Japan. Last post I featured Dunn's River Falls, one of my favorite spots to visit in Jamaica. This time I'm going to feature my favorite place in Japan..... Which is Kobe.

Kobe  

Actually, before coming to Yokohama, I reallllly wanted to live in Kobe. But I couldn't get a job there. So I chose Yokohama instead, which actually kind of resembles Kobe but with more historical significance.




Kobe (神戸, Kōbe) is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities.
Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of YokohamaNagasakiHakodate and Niigata.
In 1995, Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which killed over 5000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Today the city is completely rebuilt, and few signs of the terrible event remain.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2159.html


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Day 3243 ( Got back 30,000 yen [US$300] from Softbank )
Saturday, April 28, 2017

So we got back some money from one of the main phone providers in Japan, Softbank. When we got the house, we decided to use softbank's internet and TV antenna services. With their TV antenna, we don't need to purchase the outdoor thing and put on our roof. However, it is a bit more expensive. They promised us if we used their service for 3 months, they would give us back 30,000 yen. So we did and we got the money!

Day 3246 (Final Day in Iidabashi, Tokyo)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Today was the last day in the office at Iidabashi. Did some final packing and pretty much everyone was busy packing for the move to Ginza, Tokyo.






Day 3247 ( Meet Friends in Aoyama, Tokyo )
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Went to a Burger restaurant "Shake Shack" in Aoyama, Tokyo with my friend who was the best man at my wedding. The line at Shake Shack looked like this:


It was the start of Golden Week (A string of holidays in Japan) so everyone was out in their numbers. Waited for about 45 mins in the line but the food was worth the wait. Not usually a huge fan of hamburgers but this was exceptionally good!



Afterwards we took some pics. Already posted a couple of them on FB.










Then we went to Ginza to check out the Ginza six building, where my office is relocating to. Actually if my memory serves me right, I think this is the first time I was going to Ginza.





Then we went to Ueno, Tokyo to an art gallery, because my wife loves art stuff. We went to the National Museum of Western Art, which is actually a World Heritage site.




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Day 3250 ( Fast and Furious 8 )
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Watched Fast and Furious 8 with Takako. It was reallly exciting... Impossible, but quite entertaining.


Day 3252 ( Started Working in Ginza! )
Monday, May 8, 2017

Started working in the new office in Ginza today. It looks quite fancy. Just that the security is at paranoid level. But nice office and nice building. And it cuts off about 20-30 mins off my transportation to work now... So mostly a win-win situation for me.




Day 3270 ( JIJ - Information Session at Jamaican Embassy )
Friday, May 26, 2017

The group that I'm a part of, Jamaicans In Japan (JIJ) had an information session today at the Jamaican Embassy in Tokyo. It was really to address some questions and concerns of the Jamaican community in Japan. Loads of questions and queries as well as future plans were revealed. 



I was operating the Live Streaming but I couldn't see the questions popping up and at one point mistakenly shut off the live streaming. I got it back up but left it alone afterwards.



http://www.jamaicansinjapan.jp/

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Day 3271 (One Love Jamaican Festival - Chiba )
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Been going to these yearly festivals since 2009. Missed the one when I first came here in 2008 simply because I had no clue about it. This year, it was a bit scanty to be honest. Well, today it was... on the Saturday.... Heard and saw some pics from the following day, the Sunday and it was packed to the capacity it seem. 







I must mention that I also created a Christian Support Group for Jamaicans in Japan. If you are interested in joining, drop me a message on FB. It's pretty much a daily devotional resource for Jamaican Christians in Japan who are far away from a church family and needs encouragement or any form of help.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1619782474702048/



Day 3273 ( Happy Birthday Takako )
Monday, May 29, 2017




Today was my wife's birthday. I was actually having a slight stomach ache so I stayed home.


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Elementary school teacher gets drunk, visits student’s house and beats him with stick


By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

A 38-year-old head teacher at a municipal elementary school in Osaka’s Minato Ward has been suspended by the Osaka City Board of Education, following a late-night incident that occurred at a pupil’s home last month.
According to local news reports, the teacher visited the home of one of his sixth-form students at about 10 p.m. on the night of May 12 after drinking with colleagues. Upon entering the home, he proceeded to beat the boy about 30 times on the back and shoulders, with a drumstick normally used for playing home drumming games.
Although the boy’s parents were present during the attack, the teacher chased after the boy, who ran away and managed to take refuge in the toilet. The toilet door then received a beating, eventually becoming damaged as the teacher attempted to get his hands on the student.
The inebriated man was eventually forced out of the home, only to continue beating on the front door, ringing the doorbell numerous times for approximately 15 minutes after being ejected.
Following an investigation by the City Board of Education into the incident, the teacher claimed he had made the home visit as he was concerned about the student, who was absent from school that day. The teacher remembers little about the home visit and the assault.
Despite the teacher’s violent behavior, and the fact that the boy sustained injuries for a week afterwards, no mention of charges has been made in reference to the incident. The teacher has been suspended from teaching for three months.
https://japantoday.com/category/national/elementary-school-teacher-gets-drunk-visits-student%E2%80%99s-house-and-beats-him-with-stick?comment-order=popular

Friday, April 28, 2017

Japanese Self Defence Force Member Arrested for forcing Girl Friend to send nude photos / JAmaicans in Japan Link up! / H. Pylori test


Hey it's your friendly Jamaican living in Yokohama, Japan blogger here again.

2 blog post in month!!! I haven't done this maybe in over a year or so. 

Decided recently that I'm going to showcase a place to visit in Jamaica, and a place to visit in Japan, each blog post. I will begin with the places that I've actually visited before then later on move on to places that I'd like to visit.  

In this post, I will start off with a pretty famous place in Jamaica that I've been to several times. Dunn's River Falls, near Ocho Rios, St. Anns, Jamaica.


Dunn's River Falls




Dunn's River Falls is a very famous waterfalls near to Ocho Rios in Jamaica. It receives thousands of visitors every year. 



Climbing the waterfalls is a popular tourist activity, with or without the help of tour guides. 

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Day 3224 (Blow in Bag Test)
Monday, April 10, 2017

So if you are keeping up with my blog, a few months ago in December 2016, I had to do a stomach camera check. They found 2 white spots (H. pylori) in my large intestine I believe, possibly caused by acid reflux (GERD). Eventually, I had to go on antibiotics to get rid of them. Today I had to blow in 2 bags to check if the white stuff were still present in my stomach. 



I should be getting back the results in a week or two. 

I also got a chance to see the Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) at a park next to my house. Simply nature at it's best, really beautiful.










Day 3225 (Crowd at Shinagawa station, Tokyo)
April 11, 2017

So I work about 1 hr 30 mins by train from where I live. I have to commute into Tokyo everyday and it is no fun. It get worst if there is rain or some sort of accident or train checking that delays everyone. Today, possibly because of the rain, this was what the Shinagawa station that I had to transfer at looked like.



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Day 3229 (Jamaicans in Japan - Link UP!)
April 15, 2017





Again, I should have promoted this event from my last blog, but alas, it didn't happen.... 

So I'm now a member of a group called Jamaicans in Japan. It was around a while ago, but then it went dormant and recently, we started it back up again. So far we had 3 events: A BBQ, a dinner, then today a Jamaican get together or Jamaican meet up of sorts. We ate, played games, talked about issues affecting us, and how we can be of help to the general Jamaican community in Japan. 

I booked the Jamaican restaurant in Shibuya for 20 people, but about 40 showed up. Unfortunately, only people in Tokyo, Chiba, Yokohama area were able to attend. We do hope to expand our events to other parts of Japan especially to Osaka/Kobe area where there is a huge Jamaican crowd as well. 

We had a pretty good time there tho. Here are some pics from the event.













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Day 3241 (H. Pylori Test Result)
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Took day off today and will be taking a day off tomorrow because I worked last weekend Saturday and Sunday. Actually been working non-stop for the past 10-days pretty much. Got back the result for the H. Pylori test today and thank God it was negative. So I'm pretty happy about that.  


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SDF member arrested for forcing girlfriend to send nude selfies

Japan today
A 26-year-old member of Japan’s Ground Self Defense Forces was arrested Thursday on charges of making threats and intimidation after he forced his girlfriend to take nude photos of herself and threatened that if she disobeyed him, he would circulate nude photos of her taken in the past on social media and send them to her parents.
According to police, Hiroaki Makino, a private first-class stationed at the Ground Self Defense Force’s Koga base in Ibaraki Prefecture, is accused of sending threatening messages to his 28-year-old girlfriend through the free messaging app LINE on April 14, demanding that she send him nude photos of herself. Fuji TV reported that when the woman expressed her unwillingness to respond to his requests, Makino threatened that he would show previously taken nude photos of her to her parents and post them online.
Police said Makino had frequently demanded his girlfriend send him "up-to-date" nude photos of herself and would act in a menacing manner toward her if she didn't comply.
The two have apparently been together for two years, but the nude photo requests began to escalate recently, police said.
Makino, who has admitted to the charge, was quoted by police as saying he likes women to be obedient to him.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Game of thrones Season 7 Trailer / Police officer arrested for stealing 5 mil yen from 89-year-old man/ Recent Happenings

Blessings and greetings again readers.

Finally G.O.T. Season 7 Trailer is out... Winter has come!
"The night is dark and full of terrors"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbNWMGecNcM


Day 3193 (Last day teaching in Harajuku)
Friday, March 10, 2017


Today I had 3 classes. These 3 classes, each had at least one really rotten student that the main teacher can't handle. So every now and again I had to raise my voice a little louder and command some respect. I actually shouldn't be doing this but hey they were disturbing my class.

After this, the school gathered in the gym and we had a goodbye ceremony of sorts, to send off the third year students. I had to give a speech. I gave the speech in English and a teacher translated for me. I almost teared up when some of the disruptive boys came to tell me thank you and goodbye. 

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Day 3194 (My Japanese Family Eat Out)
Saturday, March 11, 2017



My in laws came over our house today for us all to go visit their son (my brother in law). So we went to his house and then had dinner at a nearby izakaya. This was the first time we all are meeting up like this. It was a really good time.

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Day 3201 (Training at the Hilton 1)
Saturday, March 18, 2017



So today I went to the Hiltons in order to do training for the new teachers coming to Japan. This will be my first time taking on a major role at this training. When I came as a teacher back in 2008, There were about 60 of us. Now it's almost 200.

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Day 3202 ( Training at the Hilton 2 )
Saturday, March 19, 2017


Conducted one of the main sessions today at training.

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Day 3208 (La la Land and Karaoke)
Saturday, March 25, 2017 


Watched Lala land with Takako. It wasn't as good as I anticipated but it wasn't too bad either. We also went karaoke afterwards. First time since our wedding day. It was really good.



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Day 3210 (Jamaican Friends Meet up)
Monday, March 27, 2017


Met up with my long time friend Memry. I think she has been living in Japan for about 11 or 12 years now. She said it's the first time in like 6 years since she stayed away from her family in Kobe. It was good seeing you Memry.

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Day 3214 (Cliff's Last Day)
Friday, March 31, 2017

The guy who sits next to me in the office is heading back to the states after 13 years. He planned to stay in Japan for 2 years and yeah he got bitten by the Japan bug. We had lunch with him yesterday and today.


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Day 3217 (Influenza Check)
Mon, April 3, 2017


So my wife got the flu. Stayed home with her all day yesterday and most of today. Woke up and my body temperature was a bit high so I went to the doctor to check if I had the flu or not. Had to do this test where they stick a swab up my nose. This is the second time I'm doing this test. It is verrrrry uncomfortable. fortunately the test came back negative.

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Police officer arrested for stealing 5 mil yen from 89-year-old man


Japan Today
A 25-year-old police officer was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing 5 million yen from the residence of an 89-year-old man in Kaizuka, Osaka Prefecture.
The officer, Takumi Deguchi, has admitted to stealing money from the elderly man’s house on two occasions, police said. He was quoted by police as saying he stole the money to pay back gambling debts, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to Osaka prefectural police, Deguchi – who is stationed at a koban (police box) near the man’s residence—and a senior officer first visited the man’s home on Jan 10 after he reported that his wallet was missing. Deguchi said that while they were searching the rooms, he found a large amount of cash in a box sitting on top of a chest of drawers. The senior officer advised the man to put his money in a bank.
However, Deguchi went back to the man’s home by himself later that same day, gained admittance on some pretext, and stole 2 million yen. On Jan 12, the victim reported the disappearance of his money to Deguchi at the koban.
After his arrest on Saturday, Deguchi told police that the 2 million yen he stole in January had not been enough to pay back his debts, so at around 4 p.m., on April 1, without authorization, he visited the elderly man again to see if he was OK. While he wasn’t looking, Deguchi stole 3 million yen.
The man consulted police the next day to report that his money had gone missing after he had been visited by a policeman. Deguchi was questioned by his senior officer and admitted to stealing the 3 million yen and also the 2 million yen in January.