16 April 2014 ~ 4 Comments

2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?

2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?

I was sitting at my desk just now, mouthful of lunch, eyes locked on my PC, reading up on my new obsession / guilty pleasure, the TV show “Arrow”, one of the new English teachers taps me on the shoulder. Me (still holding the chopsticks to my mouth, tearing into a piece of the tastiest ass broiled [...]

10 April 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 2: Spiritually and Otherwise

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 2: Spiritually and Otherwise

Check Out Part 1 HERE The thing about living in this gaijin bubble here in Japan is it doesn’t appear to exist in the real world. It feels virtual. And initially this virtual reality feeling lends itself to all kinds of mayhem and confusion. Spiritually and otherwise. There’s the onset of a fundamental breakdown of some [...]

09 April 2014 ~ 7 Comments

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 1: Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 1: Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs
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Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs So, our last night in Brooklyn, amid a discussion that covered such crucial topics as my returning to Brooklyn, her moving abroad, living together vs marriage, and even children, my woman turns to me and says, “I like you better in New York!” “Me too,” I replied, rather quickly. Then [...]

08 April 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Back to Brooklyn…by way of Yokohama!

Back to Brooklyn…by way of Yokohama!

Well, it’s been about two weeks or so since I’ve posted. The reason being, as some of you probably know, Miki and I were in my hometown of Brooklyn from 3/24 through yesterday. The purpose was mainly to reunite with friends, to introduce Miki to my friends and fam and show her around a NY [...]

20 March 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Miki and Baye Take New York!

Miki and Baye Take New York!

So, as it stands, this is the agenda for my New York visit next week: I’ll be arriving on Monday March 24th in the afternoon. That evening and the following evening I currently have no plans except spending some time with my Moms. I’m anticipating a bit of jet lag after the 13-14 hour flight, [...]

19 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Japanese Dropping F-Bombs on Racists

Japanese Dropping F-Bombs on Racists

Having a hard time choosing the best photo I’ve seen today. Shall it be this shot of Yokohama in all its lovely glory? Or, shall it be this gentleman conveying his feelings so eloquently on the racial problems here in Japan? Tough choice… Hmmmm….I think I’m gonna go with the latter here though. Talk about [...]

15 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Be Still My Heart: Yokohama Publicly Decries Racism!

Be Still My Heart: Yokohama Publicly Decries Racism!

A couple of the most popular questions I get asked by readers are some variation of why I’ve stayed in Japan, and why did I move to Yokohama. Well…those who read my first book know that my first place of residence in Japan was in the now internationally infamous Urawa, a city in Saitama. The following [...]

11 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Why I Pray For Japan

Why I Pray For Japan

I forgot all about 3/11. I came into the office today and during the morning meeting the principal suddenly announces over the loud speaker that we were going to take a moment of silence. I almost asked “for what”? fearing one of the students had gotten hit by a car and killed or something crazy [...]

10 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Those Bloody Afro-Japanese…

Those Bloody Afro-Japanese…

They never follow the rules! They’re an unruly lot…dragging people around, making us naturally Afro’d folks look bad (-; Maybe I was the inspiration…I’ve run for the train on many a morning (-; I do miss my natural, though… Loco

06 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Start Spreading the News…I mean, Spread Love, it’s the Brooklyn Way!

Start Spreading the News…I mean, Spread Love, it’s the Brooklyn Way!

Like the man said: “It’s up to you New York!” Or like my notorious brethren from BK said more accurately: So, come March 24th I’ll be making my way back to the source of all that love that’s been spread. And on March 26th: If you’re in NYC and ain’t busy on that evening, come on [...]