Star Wars AT-M6 Plastic Model Kit – Giveaway

Do you wish you had a state of the art deterrent to protect you and yours? Have the rebels blown up another of your bases and continue to threaten your livelihood? Are you a detested warlord that need to strike fear into your opponents and subjects? Well my friends I have found the perfect armoured cavalry for all your explosive needs and more!

AT-M6 Plastic Model Kit

The All Terrain MegaCaliber Six or AT-M6 for short is a mobile heavy artillery walker used by the First Order during their war with the Resistance. With the untimely death of an unnamed First Order official I have procured one AT-M6 to be given away to a lucky Jamaipanese YouTube Channel Subscriber! All you have to do is to be a subscriber to the Jamaipanese Youtube Channel – click the link below to enter and may the force be with you.

AT-M6 Plastic Model Kit

Click to Enter Star Wars AT-M6 Plastic Model Kit – Giveaway

The competition will run for 2 weeks from 12:00 am on Tuesday February 13th to 11:59 pm on February 26th – Japan time. One lucky winner will be contacted via email. Please respond and provide your coordinates um I mean snail mail address within 3 days or another winner will be chosen. Entries open to any inhabitant of the known universe including the outer rim who are subscribed to the Jamaipanese Youtube channel. The winner must provide an address for the AT-M6 to be sent from my secret base in the sea of Japan.

I repeat all you have to do is to be a subscriber to the Jamaipanese Youtube channel and click the link in the description to enter. Ending this transmission in 3, 2, 1…

AT-M6 Plastic Model Kit


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Car Stickers in Japan and what they mean

Whether visiting Japan or living here; you will see various stickers on cars. Inquisitive minds like mind will wonder what the meaning of the different stickers? I am here with the answer!

New/Inexperienced Driver

New/Inexperienced Driver

The shoshinsha mark (初心者マーク) or Wakaba mark (若葉マーク) is the mark of a new driver because in Japan a simple red L is not enough. Just like the “L” Japanese drivers will easily know who is a new driver and so take the necessary precautions. This is the mark I am currently rocking on my car at the time of this post.

Driver with a Disability


Driver with a Disability

The next symbol I can only describe as a white-on-blue four-leaf clover (heart) shaped umbrella indicates a driver with a disability. Japan apparently decided not to use the well-known ISA symbol to allow for a broader array of disabilities than a wheelchair implies.

Elderly Driver

Elderly Driver

The Kōreisha mark (高齢者マーク) is the mark for elderly drivers or according to Japanese Road Traffic Law it indicates “aged person at the wheel”. Drivers 75 years and older must display this mark and with Japan’s ageing population this mark is more popular than the one for new drivers.

Hearing Impaired Driver

Hearing Impaired Driver

The last symbol is the “butterfly mark” to indicate drivers who are “hard of hearing”. Th symbol is creative in that it is actually two yellow ears stylized to for the wings of a butterfly on a green background!

Honda Life

My car currently decorated with new driver sticker/mark and lots of snow…

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Japan Scene 5: New Barber in love with my hair

Four months into Japan, I had yet to get a haircut. Why? I was originally planning to do it on my own but as the week went buy I didn’t get around to it. It reached the point where I was starting to look like a young rasta. Honestly, my hair wasn’t a problem until it started taking up more and more time to comb in the mornings so I inquired and was told of a barber on a neighbouring island that could tame my locks.

Japanese level up?

I managed to call and use my limited Japan to set an appointment. 10 am on a Sunday morning, that should easy enough. One 5 minute drive, a 15-minute ferry and a 3-minute walk later and I was there. I must say I was impressed with the look of the place. I was welcomed in typical Japanese fashion – these people are serious about their customer service. I showed the barber the look I wanted, sat in his chair and hoped for the best.

Barber: Wow! This is my first time cutting someone from Jamaica’s hair.
Me: Please do your best 😃
Barber: poke poke prod prod* wow it feels so cool, rub rub, pat pat

The Barber then went into a mode I can only describe as an excited Chef seeing a slab of meat they are excited to season and cook. Though instead of salt, pepper, oil, season, pots and other cooking utensils it was various combs, electric tools, razors, clippers etc. 30 minutes after dancing around my head gleefully My hair was shampooed and plated/styled before a request for my photo to be taken, I obliged.

Barber: I hope I did a good job
Me: You did great, I am very satisfied.

During the cutting process, I learned many things about my (new) barber. I now know he is my age and enjoys videos games and the German football league among other things. I happily say that I’m glad I found a new barber.

Check out my new barber’s website – Barber Iwasa

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Unicorn Gundam Tokyo

Are you a huge fan of Gundam? Have you not seen the Giant Unicorn Gundam currently on display in Tokyo? Shame on you! Save every penny you have for as long as you can until you have enough money and go see it now! You can thank me later.

The full-sized, 20 metre tall behemoth is the crown jewel of DriverCity Tokyo. Located in the Odaiba district it’s a giant mall dedicated to all things Gundam. Fans of the franchise could easily lose a day here exploring all it has to offer.

The Gundam transforms at night as you can hear the audible gasps of fans of all ages around you. This attraction is honestly like no other and even non-Gundam fans can appreciate its splendour. The Unicorn Gundam is a great stop for any visitor to Tokyo just be prepared to hurt your wallet as there is no way you are leaving the compound without buying something.

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My photos are in the Daisen-Oki National Park international photo exhibition

Days after moving to Japan, I learned of a photography competition (Daisen-Oki National Park international photo competition) seeking entries from international residents. I was encouraged to submit a few shots and I did! The result? I made the cut and my photos along with others are being displayed Tottori/Matsue/Oki Islands area of Japan. I headed to the largest Oki Island (Dogo) on New Year’s Eve and was pleasantly surprised to see my ugly mug being displayed alongside my photos in the ferry boarding area. I had honestly forgotten about my entry months prior.

My entries are entitled Hishiura Farewell and Nishinoshima View and were taken literally days withing moving to the Oki Islands. I’m very happy with the shots and very humbled that they are being exhibited at different locations. I hope to enter many more photography competitions like this when I can. Check out the two entities and their descriptions below. Please click the images for full resolution versions – feel free to use non-commercially.

Hishiura Farewell

Many teams from different areas in Japan were at a soft tennis competition in Ama for 3 days and after the closing ceremony I witnesses a heartwarming sendoff for those not residing in Ama.

Nishinoshima View

The light from the setting sun and the natural vegetation in the background complimented the picturesque village view.

For more information about the Daisen-Oki National Park visit the official website and check out National Parks of Japan on Instagram.

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Best of Jamaipanese.com from 2017

Last year when doing my Best of 2016 post I said that it was a good year. Well if 2016 was good, 2017 was even better! The biggest highlight of the year was moving to Japan; a reality that 5 months in I am still having trouble believe to be true at times. Check out my handpicked list of the best posts I made to Jamaipanese.com in 2017. 2018 will be huge with my focus being YouTube and partnering with other bloggers and creators. If you are new here say hi on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

Japanese Calendar Festival 2017

The Annual Japanese Calendar Festival returned in 2017 at a new venue; the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. I attended with my family as its an opportunity to expose them to Japanese culture and we were not disappointed.

I used to hate on smartphone gamers…

Mobile gaming on smartphones and tablets is a multi-billion dollar industry. Many say its earnings have already surpassed traditional gaming on dedicated gaming consoles, handhelds, and PC. I’m here to confess that I used to hate on mobile gamers and games until I found myself enjoying gaming on my mobile phone.

The Spirit of Budō: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts

The National Museum Jamaica, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica, officially opened a temporary exhibition titled “The spirit of Budō: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts.” This exhibition seeks the understanding of viewers about the brief history of Japanese martial-arts-from battlefield combat techniques to popular sports or physical exercise tempering the body and spirit.

My 1st Genealogy Report

I recently paid to have a Genealogy report done on myself. For a long time, I wanted to learn more about my family and those I descended from. Though the earliest time spot in the current report is the marriage of my maternal great x2 grandparents in the year 1900 it made for a fascinating read. I will be paying again to try to go even further back but I wanted to share some highlights from the report.

Kingston to Ama-cho

So there I was sitting in the barber chair trimming my mini fro when the phone rings. It’s the Japanese Embassy! I’m congratulated told to get a pen as my new home will soon be in Shimane. Shimane? Hmm never heard of it but I’m so excited I jump out the chair to weird looks from the other patrons in the barbershop. “Shimane is your prefecture and Ama-cho is your contracting organisation”, said a friendly voice on the phone, sounds cool enough.

Samus Edition 3DS and Metroid: Samus Returns

Rewarding yourself for achieving things/goals is one of my favourite ways to motivate myself. My last reward to myself was a trip to New York when I finished undergrad studies. Fast forward almost a year and throw a list of things too numerous to mention I now live in Japan!

Japan Scene 4: Attacked by Rice Worshipers

It was supposed to be a normal lunch session at my junior high school. I’m not someone who eats a lot of food at once; I eat small portions often. Needless to say the speed eating coupled with large portions of food served for lunch is an almost daily struggle. Thankfully it is very tasty (most days), and the kids and teachers understand my hatred of natto and devour it for me when its served one or twice per month. Though I have slayed the natto demon its the rice god and its worshipers that strike fear into my heart daily.

I didn’t like Star Wars the Last Jedi

I watched Star Wars the Last Jedi on opening night here in Japan. I gave it a few days and I will watch it again after this post, but, I didn’t like the film…

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I didn’t like Star Wars the Last Jedi

I watched Star Wars the Last Jedi on opening night here in Japan. I gave it a few days and I will watch it again after this post, but, I didn’t like the film…

Incoming spoilers

Snoke is dead? Rei’s parents are nobodies? What was the point of Finn and Rose’s story arc? Those are my biggest gripes but there are other minor ones like story pacing and some stupid dialogue. There were some positives though: the majority of the action sequences were well done and there was some really good scenes, new characters and humour.

Supreme Leader

My biggest annoyance is the fact that Kylo Ren is now the leader of the First Order and seemingly the other Sith alive. I like Kylo, I’ve said that before in my Star Wars Episode 7 writeup. However is he leader material? No. He is a spoilt brat prone to temper tantrums with granddad issues. Snoke was so mysterious, so powerful, so fresh; a worthy successor to Emperor Palatine/Darth Siddius. I’m to believe he is now dead? So cheaply in an uneventful way? He can’t be dead, my sith-loving heart refuses to accept it.

I’ll give the movie a other watch (or two) in the coming days but for now it’s a 6/10 for me. I’m interested in hearing other people’s thoughts, so leave a comment or tweet me @Jamaipanese

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Pirate’s Choice #410


Pirate’s Choice #410

Ganja Songs