Operation Visit Japan – April 2010 Report

Writing the monthly report post for Operation Visit Japan is easily one of my favorite tasks each month. Still over a year away from being reality but plans are progressing much better than estimated as I quickly cover the 3 main expenses namely plane tickets, accommodation and a railpass for a 3-4 week visit to Japan between July 2011 and August 2011.

The economic situation in Jamaica doesn’t seem to be getting much better so I wasn’t able to save more that the usual this month but I am happy to announce that I have tallied up the advertising revenue from January to March 2010 minus the cost for web hosting plus a couple books I had bought to review. Decided to add the advertising revenue info to this report and future reports on a quarterly basis. Still have to do without playing Final Fantasy 13 but happy I have Monster Hunter Tri to keep my company while I wait to borrow a copy.

April 2010 Report

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The donation widget didn’t get too much attention this month maybe because I didn’t do much promotion of it with all the promotion going toward my Kanji poster and audio tours giveaway (reading this on or before Friday April 30th 2010? there is still time to enter!) but still managed to get one donation which still makes a difference. Net advertising revenue from my blog for the first quarter of 2010 was $215. Donations and savings for April total $125 plus $215 in advertising and the $630 saved/raised in January, February and March we have a grand total of $970 or just over 32% of the $3000 goal.

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April Donor List

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Want to donate? use the Chipin widget above or in the sidebar or if you don’t use paypal and want to donate some other way feel free to contact me and you and your blog or website (if you have one) can be listed here in the May 2010 report. Thanks to everyone who continue to support Operation Visit Japan and my blog.


7 thoughts on “Operation Visit Japan – April 2010 Report

  1. Hey Kirk,

    If you’re at 32% after 4 months, I’m confident that you will surpass your mark and have some extra cash to take with you.

    Keep up the awesome work! [jamaica]

  2. Well howdy. Looks like your getting there! Just a shame you can’t get there any earlier than next year.


  3. You will get it, you can count of it :3, visit Japan is one of my dreams too but I think I have the easy road with my University giving scholarships away for the Tottori University and the only things I must do is pay my plane ticket and random expenses.

  4. Hi Kirk, I live in Japan and caught this on a family friend’s post. Its great to see you working towards this goal. Its amazing how much interest there is here in Japan as well about Jamaica and Jamaican culture. Have you tried reaching out to any Jamaican’s living in Japan? Do you have a Facebook fan page for your site and “Operation Visit Japan?” Would be happy to help.

    Just a word of caution – the Japan Rail Pass only lets you take JR lines and the slower Shinkansens which may add additional time to your trip depending on what you want to see/visit. There are a multitude of other lines, ie. Tokyo Metro, Toei, and other privately owned lines that are not covered by the railpass. However, to get from city to city via rail in Japan, the railpass is a great option. Just wanted to let you know for your budgeting purposes that you might want to factor extra in for local travel.


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