22 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

You May Have Just Saved Japan For Me!

You May Have Just Saved Japan For Me!

Just got this letter from a reader. and it made me smile. The subject line read: You may have just saved Japan for me! Dear Loco: I feel compelled to drop you a note and offer my thanks, for “Hi! My name is Loco and I am a Racist” may have just saved Japan for […]

21 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

On Lecturing at Hosei U.

On Lecturing at Hosei U.

Had a lovely time with the students of  Hosei University. Just wanted to take a second out to thank them all for their attentiveness and for sharing their excellent thoughts on equality. I learned a bit more about the world through the eyes of Japanese youth, and it has further encouraged me that Japan’s future may very […]

19 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Vittles and Vibes with the Vivacious Women of Jamaica

Vittles and Vibes with the Vivacious Women of Jamaica

Here’s my latest “Black Eye” post for Japan Times, the second part of a three-part series on Jamaicans living in Japan and their impact on Japanese people and culture! I mentioned in my last column that even before I learned I was part-Jamaican, I already had a fondness for women from the country. Relationship-wise, I […]

17 November 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Coffee with My Beloved

Coffee with My Beloved

Purposely arriving an hour early for a private lesson at a Starbuck’s in Yokohama, I sat at the only available table in the crowded cafe, placed my tall sized cup of Sumatra coffee on the tabletop and whipped out the reason for my over-punctuality: A book I’ve read four times since it was first published […]

11 November 2014 ~ 1 Comment

A Portrait of Promise

A Portrait of Promise

Here in Japan, the new school year begins after the spring break, unlike back in the US where it begins in autumn. It took a while for this concept to grow on me — pun intended — being that that’s how it won me over. The idea of beginning a new year while new life […]

26 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Is a Gaijin a Gaijin?

Is a Gaijin a Gaijin?

The reason I urge readers (particularly those living here in Japan) who enjoy the Black Eye column and want to see more of it to drop a comment? For a couple of reasons. Primarily, a column cannot survive without a readership…and while I’m sure many of you are reading and enjoying it (as evidenced by […]

23 October 2014 ~ 4 Comments

By Special Request and a Popular Demand…

By Special Request and a Popular Demand…

…here’s my latest “Black Eye” post for Japan Times, the kick-off of a three-part series on Jamaicans living in Japan and their impact on Japanese people and culture! “Every summer, the One Love Jamaica Festival is held at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. It’s a free two-day event where the art, music, dance and food of […]

15 October 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Seven Years / Seven Days / Seven Dollars!!

Seven Years / Seven Days / Seven Dollars!!

The Number of the Day is: 777! In celebration of (and gratitude for) 7 years of Loco in Yokohama starting tomorrow (October 16) for the next 7 days, both e-Books, Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist and Loco in Yokohama will go ON SALE for 7 dollars!! That’s $3.50 each for you people who suck at math (like me). 7 days […]

14 October 2014 ~ 8 Comments

Seven Years in Tibet Yokohama

Seven Years in <del>Tibet</del> Yokohama

Two things happened 7 years ago. The first: I moved to Yokohama. Yep, to my first apartment, a lovely duplex in Kikuna on the top of a hill with a fabulous view of Mt. Fuji from my desk… If it weren’t the draftiest friggin’ flat in Yokohama I’d probably even miss the place! And, the second, (which was exactly […]

20 September 2014 ~ 3 Comments

What do Japanese Girls, Subway Gropers and Ramen have in Common?

What do Japanese Girls, Subway Gropers and Ramen have in Common?

Apparently they have LIY in common! At least according to a three-month check of the top ten search terms that bring googlers to my haunts, aside from the blog name itself: Loco in Yokohama (which is number 1).   Not sure how to analyze that though. I do have a number of stories on all the top three though… These two […]