5 reasons why this blog is called J82Productions

1. J – That is the initial letter of my name, Jeffrey

2. The number “82” is part of my family number, it started out from my dad, which he slowly converted much of his “property” with the number “82” attached. It actually does have a meaning in these numbers. In Cantonese, it resemblance the pronunciation “fa ei”, which laterally means “has became rich”.

3. J82 – It was a fusion of me and my family number, but there is another meaning though. I shown this blog to some of my Korean friends and to their astonishment, they thought I knew Korean language. The reason behind was that the number “82” in Korean language is “pa ri”. If you put the “J” in the front, it becomes “J-pa-ri”, an odd and out of tune version of my real name Jeffrey. (Note that it is quite an difficult task for Korean to pronounce my name, and I have changed my name in Japan to “J-pa-ri” so that at least some one call me, I would recognize that person is me.)

4. P – this letter belongs to the initial of my surname. Would not like to disclose it, but most of my friends knew.

5. Productions – This word is used to accommodate the initial alphabet of my surname and to be more productive on me, friends and family. (Perhaps some other areas as well)

Latest news on Japan’s A (H1N1) influenza – Swine Flu

Japan has announced that they will relax the guidelines for the swine influenza as though it has reached to almost 300 cases. The recent swine influenza has caused a magnificent stress on the country’s economy and also unnecessary restrain to the public as well.

Meanwhile, Osaka prefecture governor, Toru Hashimoto has announced today that he will suggest a 9 billion yen supplement budget in the next Osaka prefecture meeting. Among the budget, 7.6 billion yen would be used for the treatment of chronic diseases and pregnant women, as well as medical improvement subsidies to prevent further spreading of the currently swine influenza (H1N1).

1.4 billion yen would be granted to general medical organizations, (max of 150 thousand yen for each organization) to aid with the purchase medical supplements to prevent swine influenza(H1N1) infection, including the Relenza treatment costs.

The government had been spending around 2.1 billion yen for personal protective gear as well.

Tokyo City View

On our way to the Tokyo City View, there is a huge spider standing in our way… Really HUGE.

In the elevator, the viewing floor is on the 52th floor.

If you have seen the guy who have took the photo for us, you will be surprised at the speed he was meddling with the function buttons, too quick even for us to see. I know I looked awful in this photo, can’t really smile 🙂 Then we tried to adjust the camera’s functions by ourselves. Took quite sometime to achieved the perfect settings.

Lunch at Barbara Crepe & Galetter

Finally met my friend at the station, the worst thing to do in Japan is to meet at train stations as there are too much exits and if you went to the wrong exit, that it. You either ends up in another place or you can just get lost in the streets.

We had our lunch at Barbara and I ordered a crepe ..

with a cold corn soup. It tasted good though.

Trip to Yokohama

Currently preparing my stuff to return back to Singapore. Hooray !!! Since I have some time right now, I will do a short write up to my trip to Yokohama.

I was supposed to meet one of my business friend in Gunma (群馬), so I decided to push my trip forward and visit my friend in Yokohama since I have been there many times, but mostly for work. I stay in sakuragicho hotel for a night before meeting her the next day.

There were nothing to do in the night and I bought my dinner at KFC (which is totally different of what we are having in Singapore), and return to my hotel. Took some shots at the Ferris wheel and the amusement land as well.

A Walk Through the Ancient World of Geisha at Kyoto’s Gion

The history of Gion (祇園) back dated to the Middle Ages, where it has been a district built t accommodate the needs of ttravelersand visitors visiting Yasaka Shrine. Slowly, the area gained its fame and become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha (芸者)districts in Japan.

While geisha refers to “artist” or “person of the arts” in Japan, Gion geisha uses a local term called geiko (芸子), meaing “a child of the arts” or “a woman of art”. Though there are considerable decline in the number of geisha in Gion, it is still famous for the preservation for the traditional architecture and entertainment. Partial of the district is being preserved under national historical buildings and there are ongoing restoration on the streets og Gion, including shifting of all overhead utilities underground to preserve the original beauty of Gion.

The Gion district is being divided into two communities, Gion Kobu (祇園甲部) and Gion Higashi (祇園東). The Kobu occupies a larger area while Higashi is smaller and located northeast corner of the district, amidst of the rehearsal hall.

During my trip to Kyoto, I visited Gion Corner (ギオンコナー) in Yasaka Hall (弥栄会館), showcased on the display was some of the ornaments and accessories used by geisha during in the past. The history of hair pin could back date to Prehistoric Japan about 12,000 BC in Jomon Time(縄文時代), which later the use of hair pin flourished in Nara Times after different cultural hair pin is being introduced from China.

As era cultural started to change, the complexity of the hair pin also started to evolve. The hair pin are being designed and wore by the women based on different seasons and occasions. The main material used for creation of the hair pin in the past was either silver, tin or copper and decorated beautifully with precious metals, jade and corals at times.

Life of a Geisha

I could not explain much of their lifes, but if you really wanted to see how stringent and their routines practise to become a Geisha, you could watch the movie directed by Rob Marshall, Memoirs Of A Geisha, starring Zhang Ziyi. The movie has won numerous awards and nominations for six Academy Awards.

We was intending to catch a performance at Yasaka Hall, but due to the timing, my friend had to rush her last train back to Tokyo to meet up with my another friend, we had to give it a go and went for a short coffee break instead.

Updated on 20 Jan 2014

1st time using email blogging

the weather is nice today and i decided to test out the blogger feature.

I did not expect it to be that easy and fun.. One of the good feature provided by blogger, the only bad thing is that emailing through mobile phone in Singapore cost a bomb….

Seriously, I have neglected this blog totally, because I was wandering in my own world the past few months, or last 2 years… Right now I am going to recall all I have done in Osaka, and do some write up asap …

Coffee Cattleya, Coffee Made From Sacred Water

Outside of the shop, they hanged a frame saying the following…

seriously, perhaps of the mental effect of the frame which I saw earlier at the doorstep, the coffee does taste exceptionally cooling… The sacred effect ? The shop also had a nice atmosphere, like old english pub.

Way back to the train station

We decided to walk our way back to Kyoto station and we saw this temple which are decorated with bright orange beams.. (I forgot the name, will update again) and saw this American singing along with the ducks and birds. Sentimental eh !? Perhaps we are not sawing much of this in Singapore anymore. Anyway, there was this old man feeding the ducks and pigeons at the side, which is prohibited in Singapore as well … Should include that in my new blog as well.

As we walk deeper in the temple, I found this ! I know this is a vintage car, but I am not sure what maker it is. This car is certainly still works, looking at the number plate it has. Anyone any clue ?