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Monday, January 26, 2015

News in Japan: 4 things women are banned from doing in Japan / Is being in an international marriage any more or less difficult than a "regular" marriage? / Short clip of my Music video ... coming soon

News in Japan


4 things women are banned from doing in Japan


By Amy Chavez - Japan Today


Women have been prohibited from doing certain things (entering places, using facilities, etc.) for as long as civilization has existed. Restrictions are still common, albeit usually in religious contexts only. While religions themselves evolve and change with the times and bans are lifted, it doesn’t mean all of them get an update.
As women, we all know the purported reasons behind these bans: women are “impure” because we menstruate (the same impure biological process that allows us to give life to men), we are the physically weaker sex, and we distract men with our beauty. Yada, yada, yada.
Today, we take a look at four things women are still not allowed to do in Japan. I’ve divided them into bans and semi-bans. Bans allow no women; semi-bans allow women – but only sometimes.
Of course, it’s high time these restrictions were lifted. While much headway has been made in the past, such as the lifting of the rule preventing women from climbing Mount Fuji, other bans are proving more stubborn despite protests by Japanese women’s groups. Will these restrictions be lifted anytime soon? Only the Japanese people can decide.

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1. Ban: Climbing to the top of Mount Omine
Reason: Women are a “distraction”


If you’ve ever dreamed of climbing Mount Omine in Nara Prefecture (officially known as Mt. Sanjo) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan – we hope you’re not a woman. You might be surprised to learn that UNESCO doesn’t take gender into consideration when awarding World Heritage status, but heritage sites that ban the entire female race can be found in Myanmar, India, and Greece as well as Japan.
Mt. Omine won World Heritage status as part of a larger category of Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. In fact, the popular Kumano Pilgrimage route goes through the sacred area but makes allowances for women hiking through this part. They are still prohibited, however, from climbing up to Ominesanji Temple at the top of the mountain.


This interdiction is carried over from the old days when, according to Shinto tradition, it was felt that women’s alluring nature would distract male pilgrims from their ascetic duties. Well, perhaps all women were drop-dead gorgeous then, or maybe during those days it was de rigueur for women to hike around naked. But that’s certainly not the case today. Besides, you’d think the real test of a pilgrim seeking religious purity via the strict denial of worldly pleasures, would be to insist that he strictly deny himself worldly pleasures.


For information on updates to this rule, I made a quick call to Oku Japan, who runs off-the-beaten-track tours to places such as the Kumano Pilgrimage. One of their female guides confirmed the exclusion and said that in recent years they have started taking steps to soften it. She says that while it’s unlikely anyone would try to stop you from entering the mountain path, the local people still take pride in the rule and there may be friction if you enter. She doesn’t recommend pushing the limits.
At any rate, despite the edict seeming inimical to tourism, who are we to decide what local people should allow and not allow within their heritage sites? And one should never disrespectfully trample upon religious traditions. But we can still hope that more softening will take place to the degree of baby softness, and that women will be able to hike up the mountain some day, even while menstruating.

There is one part of the mountain, called Mount Inamura (稲村ヶ岳) that is sometimes referred to as Nyonin Omine (女人大峯), or “Women’s Ōmine,” reserved for ladies. Let’s hope there’s a bar set up there with sake and hors d’oeuvres.

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2. Ban: Entering the sumo ring, taking part in sumo competitions
Reason: women violate the purity of the sumo ring

The Japan Sumo Association claims that since women have traditionally not been allowed to take part in sumo activities through the centuries, it would be a dishonor to all of their ancestors to change it. Well, that pretty much seals the case since we can’t get permission from the ancestors. Or can we? Why not get in touch with the Itako fortunetellers of Aomori Prefecture, known for their ability to talk with the dead? Surely this is just a formality and all she has to do is run the idea past the sumo ancestors.


With the impressive number of Japanese women in martial arts these days, and the recent ignominy from a decade of scandals, you’d think women would get tacit approval from the ancestors as well. Besides, there have been suggestions that women’s sumo did play a role in some Shinto rituals in the past, so we could clear that up at the same time. Hey, it’s worth a try because as it stands now, women are not allowed to enter the sumo ring even to present prizes to the wrestlers (and yes, women are chosen to give prizes).

And, as with most things that claim women are impure, we’re not that impure since we’re expected to assist our sumo wrestler spouses in their duties, and, should we be married to a stable master, to dedicate our time to helping out those training under him. So there you go: “Behind every successful man is a supportive (impure) woman.”


I might even be fine with excluding women from the sumo ring if the law were a bit more fungible and allowed women to create their own professional league. This is truly long overdue since women’s sumo, called “onnazumo,” has been around as an amateur sport since the early 18th century. It is now a modern female sport in Japan that includes women of all ages. Yet it is still forbidden from having professional status.

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3. Semi-Ban: Staying in capsule hotels
Reason: Targeted towards businessmen


You may have heard that many of Japan’s capsule hotels are men-only. That’s not true; almost all are men-only. To most people it’s enough to say that the rule doesn’t exist anymore because there are now capsule hotels that allow women. But if a woman just randomly rocks up to a capsule hotel, she’s going to be turned away 99 times out of 100. So it’s more correct to say that women are still not permitted at most capsule hotels.


This budget accommodation, where you stay inside a capsule-like tube, used to be the exclusively for males because such it targeted business men and those who drank until late enough at night to have missed the last train home to the suburbs (the occasional drunk business woman presumably had to either sleep in the gutter or hope she had enough money left over to stay at a higher priced hotel). Some capsule hotels are recognizing that women also work long hours and tend to drink and miss the last train home, and thus have added women’s floors. But not many. Don’t expect to find any that accept females in the countryside. I know – I slept outside once while on the Shikoku Pilgrimage because all the local hotels were full and the one nearby capsule hotel didn’t accept women.
Here are a few female-friendly capsule hotels with English websites: Asahi Plaza in Osaka. Green Plaza in Tokyo and Nine Hours which has long been one of our favorites and has two locations: Narita Airport and Kyoto. Outside of the big cities? Forget about it.

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4. Semi-Ban: Becoming sushi chefs
Reason: Women’s hands are too warm, so could ruin the flavor of the sushi.

This subject has been discussed in much detail in several English media outlets, and it was declared an urban myth by National Public Radio in the U.S.. But the fact remains that many Japanese people still believe women shouldn’t be sushi chefs. And while men are happy to have their wives make sushi at home, the denizens of the kitchen are rarely seen preparing it at restaurants, considered to be the domain of male chefs.


Jiro Ono, owner of the Michelin 3-star restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, has a son who told Speakeasy (the Wall Street Journal blog) that women shouldn’t become sushi chefs because they menstruate. In the interview he said, “To be a professional means to have a steady taste in your food, but because of the menstrual cycle women have an imbalance in their taste, and that’s why women can’t be sushi chefs.” He didn’t elaborate on their chances of becoming sushi chefs after menopause.
Of course this is just pabulum to appease the restaurant elites. We know the truth – put a beautiful woman behind the sushi bar and you’ll sell a lot more sushi.


Well, with all the ballyhoo about menstruation and impurity, it’s a wonder women can succeed in anything at all. Yet we do, all by our little menstrual selves. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a busy schedule today distracting ascetics and pandering my feminine charm to any male passerby – it’s all in a typical day of a pre-menopausal woman.


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Is being in an international marriage any more or less difficult than a "regular" marriage? What are some issues that you think might torpedo an international marriage (or relationship)?

by Japan Today

Best comments !

choiwaruoyaji

In the case of an international marriage to a Japanese woman, the biggest problem is that there is a very high chance that she will unilaterally shut down sexual relations at some point. (usually after having kids)
Some guys will come on here and tell us that they still have a good sex life with their Japanese wife. Good for them, but I think they are a minority.

A sexless marriage is so common in Japan that it has almost become the norm (or else it actually is the norm).
The fact is that many Japanese women decide that they no longer need/want/like sex and just shut it down.
And once it is gone it is gone. Forget any ideas of trying to persuade her to change her mind, or of going to counseling together, or whatever. She's not interested and Japanese women are also very stubborn... once she's decided, that's it... game over.

Japanese guys perhaps expect it and therefore can accept it more easily. But for a non-Japanese guy married to a Japanese woman it is a terrible blow.
And I think it is very selfish and cruel of a woman to torpedo the marriage in that way.

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LFRAgain - Response
choiwaruoyaji,
"A sexless marriage is so common in Japan that it has almost become the norm (or else it actually is the norm)."
This is sadly true. And "sadly" is really the best word for it. Having experienced my wife's unilateral decision to end sexual relations firsthand, I was compelled to look into the issue by asking female Japanese friends and acquaintances about this sudden change of heart. Turns out it is indeed the "norm." Apparently, the prevailing attitude is that after a child enters the picture, the interpersonal dynamics are no longer that of "wife and husband," but rather one of *"mother and father." Sexual desire is not something one experiences for a "father" because it's, well, uncomfortably wrong somehow. Conversely, the women I spoke with said they could no longer feel sexy in the eyes of their husbands because they were now "mothers" first an foremost. Something that needs to be said, however, is that it wasn't a situation where sexual desire itself was extinguished. Rather, sexual desire with one's one husband had diminished since he now wore the primary title of "father."


I asked how this worked out when they wanted another child beyond the first, and many said they simply grinned and bore sex with their husbands as an unfortunate necessity. Others said they still had sex with their husbands, but only because they felt bad for him or that sex was a "duty" they had to fulfill as "wife."


"The fact is that many Japanese women decide that they no longer need/want/like sex and just shut it down"

This, even more sadly, is patently untrue. The desire for intimacy and sexual activity still exists. But not with the husband. Enter infidelity.
To be fair, these are all issues for Japanese husbands as well. One of the most depressing conversations I had ever had was with a co-worker one night after a bit of drinking. He confessed that while he loved his wife as a good person and as the mother of his two children, she was not the one he was "in love" with, and that he had been carrying on a secret affair with a woman with whom he was truly "in love" for several years, supposedly unbeknownst to his wife. When I asked if he had ever considered divorce, he replied, “Why would I? The family is solid, so there’s no need to change anything since everyone is getting what they want.”


It's depressing, but the number of Japanese "sexless" marriages that are anything but would shock even the most jaded Westerner, I suspect. That Japanese couples seem almost resigned to this unending, cynical dynamic is even more disheartening; As long as the husband fulfiils his "role" as provider and the wife as "nurturer," no one seems to see a need to change anything, and infidelity continues unabated. Granted, if it works for Japan, then who am I to criticize? But with Japanese society wrestling with the riddle of why its young are turning their backs on marriage in droves, I'm not so sure this dysfunctional version of marriage actually does Japan any favors.


For any marriage to succeed, international or otherwise, the lines of communication have to open and unimpeded. Language differences can give rise to the inability to express hopes, desires and expectations born of one's cultural and social upbringing. If an international couple goes into a marriage not knowing any of the above, for example, it can cause a catastrophic disintegration of the marriage. But if a couple can find a way to navigate the and misconceptions and misunderstandings that will invariably arise in the face of two different cultures meeting (and clashing), then the relationship has about as good a chance of survival as any.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/have-your-say/view/is-being-in-an-international-marriage-any-more-or-less-difficult-than-a-regular-marriage-what-are-some-issues-that-you-think-might-torpedo-an-international-marriage-or-relationship?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-01-05_PM

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23 seconds Clip of my Music video being edited 


video


And I'm sure most of you haven't received your copy of my latest project yet. So ...

Looking slightly stalkerish Sarah ... Scary lol jus kidding




Amazon .com 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R9KTCN0


Amazon Japan

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Seeing-Japan-Through-Jamaican-Expat/dp/1505628741/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1422332222&sr=1-1-catcorr






Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fukushima (Nuclear Fallout Center) wants to host Olympic events in 2020 / Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation? / Christian missionaries find Japan a tough nut to crack



Greetings and Happy New Year again.

If you haven't been spammed by me yet then be prepared !!!! and stop ignoring me !!! LOL Ok so yeah my new book is out since Friday, January 9th, 2015.




And its not doing so bad on amazon either. Both Amazon Japan and the international Amazon ... The rank changes daily but I managed to get to #1 briefly in Amazon Japan's Caribbean Books category.




Why haven't you got your copy yet?!?!
(Jeez I truly suck at marketing. It's not my calling)

Ok let me wet your appetite a bit. Here is the content page (If you haven't seen it yet). As well as 2 pages from the book.


Get your copy at:

Amazon.com (America, Canada, Jamaica etc)

http://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Japan-Through-Jamaican-expat/dp/1505628741/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Amazon.co.jp (Japan)

http://www.amazon.co.jp/Seeing-Japan-Through-Jamaican-Expat/dp/1505628741/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421131589&sr=1-1-catcorr


Amazon.co.uk (Europe)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seeing-Japan-Through-Jamaican-expat/dp/1505628741/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1421300884&sr=8-1&keywords=dave+collymore


ok ok ok I'm done now !!!


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Fukushima wants to host Olympic events in 2020

Japan Today



Fukushima is keen to show it has fully recovered from the 2011 nuclear disaster by hosting some events for the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The governor of the northeastern prefecture held talks with his Tokyo counterpart on Tuesday to discuss the matter.
“We need to set a goal so that we can show how much Fukushima has recovered,” Masao Uchibori was quoted as saying by Kyodo News on Tuesday.
Uchibori did not specify which events Fukushima wanted to stage but soccer matches appeared the most likely, with games normally held around the host country and starting before the opening ceremony.
Masuzoe welcomed the interest from Fukushima, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
“The Olympics is meant to show to the world the Tohoku region’s reconstruction. We want to cooperate as much as possible,” he said.

Interesting Comment:
"Great idea... but first move the TEPCO HQ, Tokyo government offices and the Emperor's Palace to Fukushima first.
If they do that... then there might be a chance that people/teams will show up to compete"


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Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?


By Audrey Akcasu - Japan Today



Foreigners living in Japan often give Japanese TV a hard time. For many, it’s either too weird, too predictable or too obnoxious. If it really is so bad though, surely shows like “Iron Chef” and “Ninja Warrior” (Sasuke) would never have been introduced in the U.S.? Nor would America have created the show “I Survived a Japanese Game Show.” So if foreign stations are taking cues from the Japanese TV shows, the originals must have some merit, right?
One Reddit user finally asked the big question, “Japanese television. Is it really so terrible?” As you’d expect, the responses poured in, both in favor of and adamantly against it. One user proclaimed that Japan only has three kinds of programs, “Shows about celebrities. Shows about food. Shows about celebrities eating food.” But like TV in any country, there are actually a lot of different kinds of shows, so it’s probably worth a moment to take a walk through some of the programming options.
The easiest place to start is with anime. 

Let’s be honest, a lot of people who like Japan, started out by watching anime. It’s like a gateway drug into Japanese culture. In general, foreigners’ response to TV anime is positive, although some people like to knock the fact that some long-running shows (hundreds of episodes long) have a lot of unnecessary “filler” episodes that are unrelated to the overall plot and are too short at 25 minutes — even shorter when half of the time slot is filled reviewing the previous episode. Others complain not enough anime is shown in prime-time slots.
Next we move into dramas. A lot of foreigners give Japanese (and Korean) dramas a bad rap, likening them to terrible American soap operas. It’s true that some can definitely take you on unnecessary emotional roller coasters and may contain a little too much overacting. On the other hand, dramas tend to only span 8-12 episodes, then occasionally a second season if they do really well. The short airing is actually appealing to many foreign viewers, because the dramas get replaced by “fresh dramas,” so things don’t get too monotonous. There is also a wide range of dramas, from teen RomComs to serious ones targeting adults or even action-packed shows. Another big difference is that Japanese dramas often star big names — accomplished actors, musicians or idols.
The dramas can be really predictable and a bit bland, though, turning many viewers off. Some Reddit viewers see dramas as political tools or Big Brother-esque moral propaganda:
“Whatever the Japanese government wants their people to believe, it shoves it through NHK.”
“Very frequently [drama’s contain] very heavy-handed moralizing.”
“I’m rather disturbed at how pro-status quo everything is.”
Comedy shows are next up. Japanese comedy shows tend be more on the slapstick side of humor, so if you don’t like that, you probably won’t like them. The Japanese oddity and silliness comes in big time here, while a lot of jokes also have deep ties into the culture, so if you are still new to Japan, there’s a chance you won’t get the jokes even if you understand the language. Comedians in Japan tend to work in pairs or threes, with skits lasting only a few minutes. There are also a variety of prank shows, which are often pretty well done and very amusing.
Less talked about are the documentaries. While they are often over dramatic and have terrible reenactments, they can be informative and cover a variety of topics from travel to disease.
Moving on, we have the variety shows. These are the shows that foreigners like to complain about the most. Variety shows often have an “audience” of talento, B-list stars or quirky people only popular because of their presence on these shows. One Reddit user aptly equated Japanese talento to America’s Regis Philbin, as opposed to someone like Kim Kardashian, because “talento don’t take themselves too seriously and are usually able to joke around… Kim K wouldn’t do 90% of the stuff talento go through.”
Being in the category “variety,” the shows cover an array of topics from travel in different countries to karaoke contests to magicians. The catch, though, is that the TV audience is not only watching the show about the topic of the day, but they also see the reactions of the talento in a picture-in-picture-esque bubble somewhere on the screen. Most people don’t have problems with this, but it’s whenever something relatively surprising or interesting happens, the talento say “Eeeeh!” in almost perfect unison. Many Reddit users find this particularly annoying. Although one user said that they enjoy Japanese TV in general, “the only thing that really bothers me is the excessive ‘Eeeeh?’-ing.”
And then there is the food “problem.” A lot of TV shows in Japan focus on food, whether it be food from home, abroad or new concoctions. This might not sound so odd at first, but the number of these shows is startling; as one Reddit user put it, “Not all TV is talento eating food. Most of it, but not all.”
The biggest issue the foreign Japanese TV-watching community has with the food shows is the predictable reaction by the talento: “Oishii!” or “Umai!” (Delicious!). The review of the food often stops there though and apparently EVERYTHING is delicious. Not merely tasty, you understand, but delicious to the point that the presenter looks like they’re about to burst into tears after inserting it into their mouth. It’s almost as if these people have lived their lives locked in a cupboard living on a diet of strips of newspaper and thimbles of tap water, making every dish they encounter during the shows’ recording a culinary triumph.
As another Japan subreddit user commented, this wouldn’t be such a problem if the presenters occasionally described the food’s taste rather than just saying how “delicious” it was. In the words of another TV viewer, “you can only watch someone eat so many times before it becomes soul-crushingly dull.”
Some of the variety shows feature games shows, which can either be active games, like the ones that inspired that American TV show, or they can be quiz games. The quiz games are usually quite educational and fun to watch, covering everything from history to kanji. Again, the participants in these are the talento.
Some people may not categorize commercials as Japanese TV, but I think that’s a mistake. Japanese commercials can be hilarious, often because they are so weird that you can’t help but laugh. Japan has realized that the weirder the commercial, the more memorable, so they are crazy on purpose, often featuring dancing actors, creepy animation, talking animals and catchy tunes. One Reddit user may even like the commercials more than regular programing, saying, “I usually take my bathroom breaks during the show and make sure I’m back before the commercials.”
Japanese TV can be bad, but it can be good, much like TV everywhere else in the world. Personally, I enjoy it and have learned a lot from Japanese TV. Another Reddit summed it up nicely:
“I somewhat enjoy Japanese TV because… [it] gives me insight to how Japanese people see the world around them. Even if what’s on that random drama isn’t representative of the average person’s thoughts, it shows me what is being presented as normal, or what is ideal for the average Japanese person.”
In the end, it all comes down to your sense of humor, interest in Japanese culture and tolerance of “oishii,” “umai,” and “eeeeh?!”
If you are familiar with Japanese TV, what are your thoughts? For? Against? Indifferent?
http://www.japantoday.com/category/arts-culture/view/is-japanese-tv-really-as-bad-as-its-reputation?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-12-16_PM


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Christian missionaries find Japan a tough nut to crack


by Michael Hoffman - Japan Times



My local supermarket plays Christmas music. Yours probably does too. My neighbors have Christmas trees. So do yours, no doubt. At this time of year, in the major cities if not nationwide, you might almost think you were in a Christian country.
You’re not, of course. The trappings are deceptive — decorative, rather. Santa Claus is a jolly old fellow, and Christmas trees are nice. Why not enjoy them? ‘Tis the season!
But Christian missionaries find Japan a tough nut to crack. They always have, ever since the first of them, St. Francis Xavier, landed in Kyushu in 1549. His first impression, based on an initially friendly reception, was, “In my opinion no people superior to the Japanese will be found among the unbelievers.” Two years later, he left disheartened, calling Japanese Buddhism “an invention of the devil.”
Missionaries today use different language but express similar frustration. The Japanese have so eagerly embraced everything Western — from fads to philosophies, baseball to scientific method. Why not Christianity? Even China, officially atheist and repressive of anything outside state control, counts 52 million Christians. In South Korea, 30 percent of a population of 50 million professes Christianity. In Japan? Less than 1 percent.
One explanation comes from Minoru Okuyama, director, as of 2010, of the Missionary Training Center in Japan. That year, he told a global missions conference, “Japanese make much of human relationships more than the truth. Consequently we can say that as for Japanese, one of the most important things is harmony; in Japanese, ‘Wa.’” The Japanese, said Okuyama, “are afraid of disturbing human relationships of their families or neighborhood even though they know Christianity is best.” Chinese and South Koreans, by contrast, “make more of truth or principle than human relationships.”

A shrewd and outspoken samurai character in Shusaku Endo’s historical novel “Samurai” (1980) put a similar thought much more bluntly. His sullen response to a Spanish missionary’s evangelizing, circa 1610, was, “The Japanese don’t care whether God exists or not.”


Western Judeo-Christian civilization was built on God. Japanese civilization was not. The West is absolutist, its God embodying absolute power, absolute righteousness, absolute wisdom, absolute truth. Nothing like that exists in Japan. No wonder Xavier and his Japanese hosts misunderstood each other.
Slaughter is as old as history — older. Individuals, tribesmen, nations have always massacred rivals and enemies without agonizing over the morality of it. Jews, precursors of Christians, moralized slaughter. It was what Good had to do to Evil. “And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city” — so the Biblical book of Joshua celebrates the Israelites’ conquest of the Promised Land, God leading the way.
Christians, themselves survivors of atrocious persecutions under pagan Rome, inherited and honed the ethic whereby slaughter of the enemies of the one true God was a blessed undertaking. Pagans, Jews and Christian “heretics” fell to Christian fire and sword. When Islam’s rise beginning in the seventh century set jihadist against crusader, only the notion of another world could to some extent offset the horrors of the present one.


By the 16th century, the crusader’s zeal was muted. In his place there arose the missionary. Other worlds, “new worlds,” were discovered here on Earth — America by Columbus in 1492, Japan in 1543 by nameless Portuguese traders washed ashore in a storm. Xavier arrived six years later from Goa in India, having heard from the Portuguese that in Japan “much fruit might be gained for our holy faith, more than in any other part of the Indies, for they are a people most desirous of knowledge, which the Indian heathen are not.”
The missionaries who followed Xavier fared better than he did. Their connections with Portuguese merchants helped. Japan then was a chaos of petty fiefdoms, each at war with its neighbors. Turning Christian, the shrewder feudal lords discovered, brought worldly benefits. Foreign trade was one; foreign guns another.
Japan’s first Christian daimyo (feudal lord) was Omura Sumitada, who received baptism in 1562. His territory included a wretched little village called Nagasaki, whose true worth was soon revealed — it possessed a magnificent harbor. Omura grew rich and powerful beyond his hopes. Was this not Christianity proving its power? Beset by enemies, he appealed to the Portuguese for military help, which came, but with a price: Sumitada must repay his “great obligations” to God, said Padre Gaspar Coelho, head of the Jesuit mission in western Kyushu, by “extinguishing totally the worship and veneration of idols in his lands” and seeing to “the universal conversion of his vassals,” until “not a single pagan remained.”


No sooner spoken than done. The year was 1574. Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines were burned or demolished throughout the Omura domain; 60,000 subjects were baptized, by force if necessary.
The following decade saw Christianity take root. Daimyo, with whatever mix of religious and venal motives, were converting; so, voluntarily more often than not, were their subjects. By 1582, there were 200 churches serving an estimated 150,000 Christians. Missionaries who foresaw a Christian Japan were over-confident, perhaps, but not stupidly so. It could have happened. It would be hard to blame them for failing to predict what in fact occurred — “the most cruel persecution and torture of Christians ever witnessed on this globe,” wrote the German physician and chronicler Engelbert Kaempfer, stationed at Nagasaki with the Dutch East India Co. a century later.


Success turned the foreigners into swaggerers. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Japan’s most powerful warlord, felt provoked beyond endurance. When crew members of a Spanish galleon washed ashore at Shikoku boasted of their king’s power, Hideyoshi smelled imperialism. At Nagasaki he had 26 Christians, 17 of them Japanese, crucified. The next 40 years saw the wholesale slaughter of Christians throughout Japan. A typical scene was witnessed by the English trader Richard Cox in 1619: “Fifty-five persons of all ages and both sexes were burnt alive on the dry bed of the Kamo River in Kyoto, among them little children of 5 or 6 years old in their mothers’ arms, crying out ‘Jesus, receive their souls!’”

The “evil sect” — Hideyoshi’s words — never recovered.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/20/national/history/christian-missionaries-find-japan-tough-nut-crack/#.VLdjZNKUcbw

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Year that was - Dave's 2014 Year in Review

The Year that was - Dave's 2014 Year in Review

I came back to Yokohama from Toyama 2 weeks ago for the Christmas/New Year break. And I was supppper busy here and there and everywhere. I'm sure I blew through US $1000 in the 2 weeks while in Yokohama, just running around. But very soon this will be like a walk in the park :)  Big things gonna happen in 2015. Stay tuned !!!

Anyway, if I should sum up 2014, I would say it was generally just a normal year. It started off low, got high-ish but not too high, then it got a little depressing then ended pretty nice. Here are some of the major events that took place in my life in 2014.



Day 2140 ( Fashion Model Debut )
Monday, January 27th, 2014

Modeled for an English clothing line known as Griffin Hartland.





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Day 2144 ( Performance at Gari Gari Event)
Friday, January 31st, 2014

Performed at a poetry event in Tokyo. Can't believe this was a year ago.



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Day 2158 ( Snowed-in in Yokohama)
Friday, February 14th, 2014





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Day 2167 ( Black History Month Performance )
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Did a performance at a Black History Month event in Tokyo.


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Days 2196 - 2203 ( Went to China and Thailand )
Monday, March 24 - Monday March 31, 2014




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Day 2217 ( Started New Job )
Monday, April 14, 2014

Began my new job as a Human Resources Trainer. A very demanding job.



Day 2240 ( Toyama Bound )
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Was asked by my immediate boss if I could teach for a week in Toyama. That one week turned to one year.

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Day 2285 ( Performance at 2014 One Love Festival )
Saturday, June 21, 2014






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Days 2332 - 2344 ( Trip to US and Jamaica )
Thursday, August 7 - Tuesday, August 19, 2014











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Day 2375 ( My Birthday Party 2014)
Friday, September 19th, 2014

Had my birthday party in Toyama.







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Day 2397 ( Performed at University of Tokyo and My Friend's Party )
Saturday, October 11, 2014












Day 2400 ( Decided to Stop My Daily Personal Blog )
Tuesday, October 14, 2014


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Day 2426  ( Performance at Toyama International Festival )
Sunday, November 9, 2014





Day 2432 ( My Reggae Party in Toyama )
Saturday, November 15th, 2014








Thanks for the comment Derri I hear you loud and clear, but no troubles or dangers here in Japan. Just have a good time.

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Day 2465 ( I'm in the papers !)
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Got interviewed some time ago and it came out in the Japan Times today.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2014/12/17/our-lives/japan-and-others-gain-from-jamaican-brain-drain/#.VK1jniuUfKB


Day 2467 ( Did Acupuncture )
Saturday, December 20th, 2014

For the first time in my life I experienced acupuncture. It was interesting, no pain at all. It eased my constant back pains a bit tho.





Day 2469 ( Book Finished )
Monday, December 22, 2014

Completed writing my second book. It will be available in 2 days from today so yeah you can get both the paperback and the e book on January 9, 2015 on amazon.


e-book 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R9KTCN0

paperback 

http://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Japan-Through-Jamaican-expat/dp/1505628741/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1420648683&sr=8-1


https://www.createspace.com/5183049