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Monday, 9 January 2012

Happy New Year from London Town!

Happy New Year!  Its been approximately four months since my last update just after my birthday.  Again apologies for not having regular updates, I always had the best intentions to but life seems to get in the way!  Must try harder this year!

Current Situation
Again hair has gone through a couple of changes since I last blogged.  I wanna have as much fun with it before im chop it off which should be sometime this month!

I have travelled to yet another country, this time England!  Yup I'm back in London town, back in the old manor!   Yet this is not the end of the Only D Brave site.  Currently on my DSLR I have over 14340 photos of my travelling experience plus stories to accompany them.   They are all in the head and I need to share the knowledge so where else than on this page.  My only problem is where to start......

Rewind to first month in Japan
As I'm getting use to the climate, people and language of Japan, I encounter the first few minutes of  fame!  It was a Fukuoka Sunday afternoon, I had just found a church that performed mass in English and had just left the service.  The congregation was a very metropolitan mix, I would hazard a guess that most spoke English as a second language and the biggest nationality represented were Filipinos.

So on the way back to my apartment I spotted a camera crew with a quirky looking little man with blazer and bow tie.   Now for the last couple of days I had seen quite a few camera crews while walking on the streets of Fukuoka, which had me thinking was this a city full of Japanese celebrities or do they record nearly everything over here.  Anyhoot I looked at the camera crew across the road for a couple of seconds, was about to turn away and then the quirky looking guy beckoned me over.  I did the mandatory  look to the left  <=== o_o, then look to the right o_o==>, and then the point at myself and mouthing the words "me?"  The guy nodded and so I went to cross the road and so did the camera crew.  A bit of im gonna cross, no you are gonna cross, no im gonna  cross followed until eventually the camera crew came over to my side.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, quirky guy and the camera crew were filming for Mentai Wide, a lighthearted local interest television program for the Fukuoka prefecture.  In English quirky guy asked me if I could answer a couple of his questions.  I said sure but when the cameras started rolling he spoke in pure Japanese!  Now in the below clip it may seem like I understood the question he asked me, but I can assure you the basic Japanese i had learnt beforehand helped me not one bit.  They would have to stop the camera and then either ask the question using different Japanese words or just ask me in English, thank goodness for TV editing!

I still cant believe how they got me to dance!  Quirky guy said I had dancer clothes on but i felt it was more of a sporty look.  Filming was done, I was given a packet of tissues and a mousemat with the mentai wide logo on and I went back to my apartment.

Two weeks later my local fame came to fruition!   First of all, a guy who I had met only the night before (who turned out to be one of my closest friends in Japan) Patrick sent me a picture message on my mobile (cellular).  It was a screenshot that he had snapped of me on the TV.

Patrick also posted the photo on his facebook, which was seen by one of his Fukuoka friends Tiffani (who also turned out to be one of my closest friends I met in Japan).  A couple of days later while walking with Hiwot ( yet another close friend I met in Japan, its like im collecting them) I bumped into Tiffani who recognised me..... from Patrick's wall!  My final piece of celebrity moment came at my apartment!  The actual owners of the apartments had also seen my TV début and recorded it!  Not only that, they offered me  a copy of the recording on VHS!

Japanese word of the day - Torinuku - Japanese barbecue