The Best of from 2010

Happy New Year everyone, I hope this year will be a good one for you and your family. I hereby selfishly give this year a second name – “The Year of Japan” because in 6-9 months I’ll be visiting the land of the rising sun! I thank all my readers again for their continued support and look forward to continuing to provide great Japan and Jamaica related content about my interests throughout 2011 and beyond.

As I did in 20082009 and 2010 my first post of a new year usually highlights the most popular post from the previous year but this year I decided to try something different and post a “best of” list of some of my best blog posts of 2010. This list of posts is also the perfect introduction to potential new readers and gives longtime readers a good recap of the happening on for the past year. Please enjoy and leave a comment about your favourite post from last year or what you are looking forward to in 2011.

  • Announcing “Operation Visit Japan” – My most significant post of 2010 because for years I want to visit Japan but I was doing almost nothing to make it into a reality. I brainstormed a plan and started to do it. 12 months later get I giddy every time I realize that I’ll be visiting Japan in less than 9 months.
  • I am a Sushi Virgin – Some Japan enthusiast I am eh? Being a picky eater I always thought eating raw fish wasn’t a very good idea, especially really expensive raw fish, I don’t care how well it tastes. A year later I have yet to lose my sushi virginity but I hope to one day, when I can afford to.
  • JR Yamanote Line Departing Melody Keychains – When I started to save for Japan I had to stop adding to my growing anime figure collection. A friend in Japan was kind enough to send this train geek some keychains that made the sounds of some of the major stations among Tokyo’s popular Yamanote line.
  • Japanese Assistance to Jamaica over the years – Japan and Jamaica though thousands of miles apart have a lot in common – like both having names that begin with J? Seriously though I learned a lot about just how close the Jamaican and Japanese governments are and how the Japanese has assisted Jamaica.
  • For the Love of Photography and Friends – Photography is a favourite pastime of mine but I don’t do it as often as I should. I look forward to spending at entire day at least once a month in the company of fellow photographers from all over the island and sometimes overseas as we explore new places and take photos!
  • Japan’s Chances at the 2010 World Cup – Jamaica missed out on another World Cup finals and although Argentina is my favourite international football team I had to cheer on the Blue Samurai of Japan as well. In this post I made my bold prediction/analysis of just how well Japan would do.
  • State of Emergency in Kingston – After a standoff of almost a year the Jamaican Government started to take steps to capture and extradite a reputed Kingston gangster and drug lord to the US. The result? Almost the entire capital of the country was shut down and dozens of people lost their lives. Sad times.
  • Jamaican Coffee is King in Japan – Pound for pound Jamaica’s Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the most expensive in the world. Jamaicans aren’t big coffee drinkers so where does most of our production go? Easy answer – Japan, where Jamaica’s uniquely flavoured coffee is king.
  • Jamaica Pegasus Hosts Successful Tweetup – Jamaica might be a little behind in the internet times but 2010 was the year that social media official took off and one of the hottest events for twitter users of the year was the first ever local tweetup held at the prestigious Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
  • Top 10 Games that Caught my Eye at E3 2010 – I have been losing my gaming mojo lately but although I don’t play as many video games as I used to I still keep up with the latest releases, trailers, news and events. E3 2010 was one of the best E3s in years and I highlighted some of the cooler games featured there.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – Anime Review – Let me repeat that FMA Brotherhood is an anime classic. The story, the characters, the pacing, the animation, the emotions invoked and the subtle lessons taught to those smart enough to tune into the message.
  • 6 Nostalgic Anime Openings from the 90′s – I don’t profess to be a master of all things anime but I have been watching anime for a loong time. So when I want to feel old (read nostalgic) I fire up Youtube (or my mp3 player) and time travel to the past where I am a 14 year old kid throwing a ka-me-ha-me-ha!
  • HTC Legend Review – My blackberry died in late 2009 and I couldn’t afford to replace it (Operation Visit Japan). Some tech geek I was when I didn’t even own a smartphone. I convinced (read bamboozled) a couple family members in the US to get me a phone, combined my loot and bought an android powered legend.
  • 15 Free Japanese Learning Apps for Android – Now that I was permanently plugged into the matrix I was going to allow a flock of Angry Birds to eat my brain away. I must have downloaded every usable free Japanese learning app in the store and compiled a list of my favouite and most useful.
  • Discovering the Super Robot Wars Franchise – I like giant robots, I hope to live long enough to one day be able to pilot one, but for now I have to be satisfied with watching them blow things up anime style and Super Robot Wars is the perfect series for any mech lover, it’s like mechanized porn, seriously.
  • Erin’s Challenge – Japanese Language and Culture Resource – I must admit that I didn’t study much new Japanese in 2010, but I did solidify the little I know and discovered a cool website that should take me to the next level via baby steps if I can ever endure the bad acting for more that 10 minutes at a time.
  • Japan Smashbox by Tom Banks – I must have posted at least a gazillion videos featuring Japan in 2010 and would have posted more if I didn’t fear annoying my readers and not sufficiently varying my content but this one was my favourite when I re-watched them all while drafting this post, check it out!
  • A Big Fat List of Japan-related Youtube Channels – Other than my Operation Visit Japan post this is my second most popular post of 2010 and this post took me a while to research and complete. Youtube, vlogging and video via the web on a whole will be huge in 2011 and I intend to be a part of it so watch out!
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12 thoughts on “The Best of from 2010

  1. Happy new year and congrats on another year of brilliant posts Kirk! 2011 is going to be a big year for you i’m sure:)
    Cheers for the facebook add BTW!

  2. You should set a date and venue to go to eat your first Sushi so your readers can watch your transformation into a Japanman. My sugestion, start with the eel. It’s the easiest.

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