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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. 


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.

Sorry dude


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.


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.  


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"


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. 


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.


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.


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

Conducted one of the main sessions today at training.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Good bye Old Apartment / Welcome to Dave and Takako's Residence

Greeting and salutations. Another month, another blog. Sorry to keep you waiting. 

Recent happenings

Day 3138 (House Blessing)
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Nope that's not me to the left and no that's not my house

A Jamaican tradition when you move into a new house or buy a new car is to get it blessed by a pastor. So we did that today. 

Day 3145 (1 AC installed)
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Got one of our air condition units installed today. The entire thing took about 2 hours and it was really loud!! Also got some sensor lights installed outside.

Day 3152 (Relocation Day)
Saturday, January 28, 2017

So yeah, we moved into the house today. And it was quite a busy day. I didn't realize we accumulated so many stuff in just one year. It was a bit stressful to be honest but it all turned out well. Good team work with me and Takako.



Day 3153 (No Internet or TV station for you, says Neighbors)
Saturday, January 29, 2017

So NTT came today to set up some wires for us to get internet and also so we can watch local TV. What we didn't know is that NTT has to ask the neighbors with the NTT pole beside their house, if it's ok to set up the wires etc.

Ha. The NTT guy came back to us saying that the neighbors said they don't want anymore wires on the pole beside their house, because too many birds are landing on the wires and all manner of stuff. We told the NTT guy, "hey we will go have a word with the neighbors" ... The NTT guy said no, he doesn't want any bad blood between us and the neighbors and the fault would be NTT's. So just let it be for now.

They said they will have to use another pole but that will take about a week for them to verify and do all manner of paperwork and what not. I didn't even know that it was possible for neighbors to say no about using a pole that isn't theirs.... One more week without TV or proper internet. Luckily Takako had a portable internet thing and that's what we used. 



Day 3154 (Old Apartment Bye Bye)
Monday, January 30, 2017

Met with the Apartment agency people today for them to tell us our final cleaning cost etc. Ha. A guy came from the agency to our now empty apartment and checked every door, every room, every window and every corner of the apartment. We thought we were going to get back some money from our initial down payment, but we ended up having to pay more money. Why? Well, we had a small scratch on the loft that cost about 6000 yen (US $55) to fix plus our sofa left a mark on the wall that cost about 8000 yen (US $75) to fix. In addition to the actual cleaning cost. Adding up all of that came up to over 100,000 yen!!! 

After we agreed to pay, I heard that this is actually what these apartment agency people do. Jack up the cleaning cost. Anyway, we agreed and that's that.

Day 3162 ( Hotel Dinner Date)
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My friends Big Mike and Rochelle, won a prize for a video they created about Japan. The focus was Toyama prefecture I believe. However, their prize was a dinner at a hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo. They live all the way in Toyama, so they gave us the dinner ticket instead.

I believe this was the video that won the contest.


So me and Takako had dinner at a pretty posh hotel in Shinjuku.

Day 3169 (Valentine's Day 2017)
Tuesday, February 14, 2016

Another Valentine's Day in Japan. I got so many chocolates from random people. Because in Japan, the females are supposed to give the males chocolate or gifts but on March 14 (white day) the men are suppose to give the women gifts.

I actually bought some lilies for Takako. 



Day 3175 (Meeting a Friend from Toyama)
Monday, February 20, 2017

Met up with my Canadian friend, Brandon living in Toyama today after work. We had a long interesting chat in Fridays Yokohama. He actually has a couple of my students now, that I had when I was back in Toyama.

Day 3177 (First Visitors to our Place)
Monday, February 22, 2017

The same Big Mike and Rochelle that I mentioned earlier, actually visited our place tonight. They had some business to take care of in Tokyo, so they stayed by us for the night. We had a loong talk with them.

Day 3179 (First Playing Soccer since 2015!)
Friday, February 24, 2017

A friend from church told me that he plays soccer once a month. I really love soccer but just can't seem to get the chance or the time to play. The last time I played was around October 2015. Those guys still play but they start at 9PM!!! 


So today, even though I was tired after work, and it was really cold, I decided I wasn't going to miss this at all. Trust me, it was reallllly cold.



Day 3180 (Riddim and Rime BHM Event in Roppongi)
Friday, February 24, 2017

Today I was the MC for another event. And again watch me advertising after the event...

I was really encouraged by hearing the stories of many people living in Japan for many years, how they went through different and really difficult seasons and how they conquered negativity etc. Some became managers, some business owners, some translators in big Japanese banks etc. It was quite encouraging. I am happy I was able to MC this program and have a great time there. I even got to perform with ....... Takako.

Day 3181 (Second Visitors to our place)
Saturday, February 25, 2017

My good friends visited our place today.

After this, I went to sort out some tax returns stuff at the local tax office.



Day 3185 (Dinner with the guys)
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Had dinner with some co-workers today after work.

Day 3186 (Karaoke Night)
Thursday, March 2, 2017

I love karaoke, and I haven't gone since my wedding. So when some peeps from my office invited me, I decided that I will definitely be going. Got some other co-workers to join and we had a whale of a time. A bit pricy but it was worth it.