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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.