08 October 2017 ~ Comments Off on How to Win in Japan? “Compete at the Japanese Level!”

How to Win in Japan? “Compete at the Japanese Level!”

How to Win in Japan? “Compete at the Japanese Level!”

In Part Deux of our Conversation, the New Malian President of Kyoto-Seika University explains how he came to win, and won, in Japan!

06 October 2017 ~ Comments Off on Japan Writers Conference 2017: Black Eye is in da House!

Japan Writers Conference 2017: Black Eye is in da House!

Japan Writers Conference 2017: Black Eye is in da House!

The 11th Annual Japan Writers Conference will be held this (long) weekend October 8th and 9th (Sunday & Monday), at Nihon University College of Art, Ekoda Campus. And once again I’ll be presenting. Last time, back in 2015, some of you might remember that I presented at the conference in Kobe. My subject was activism […]

04 October 2017 ~ Comments Off on A Chat with the New African President of a Japanese Uni

A Chat with the New African President of a Japanese Uni

A Chat with the New African President of a Japanese Uni

President-elect Sacko’s first years in Asia were during the tumultuous 1980s. He was fresh out of Africa for the first time, studying engineering and architecture in China, partying and enjoying life abroad…and avoiding being lynched by racist mobs of Chinese students in the days just prior to the Tienanmen Square massacre.

27 September 2017 ~ Comments Off on Autumn in New York: Advising a Japanese Friend about NYC

Autumn in New York: Advising a Japanese Friend about NYC

Autumn in New York: Advising a Japanese Friend about NYC

This conversation took place between me and a student in a cafe in Yokohama: Student: So, I have some news. Me: What is it? Student: My company is sending me to New York at the end of October! Me: Really? That’s great news! Student: Is it? Me: Well, yeah. Aren’t you excited? Student: A little…but […]

26 September 2017 ~ 2 Comments

Is Baye-Sensei a Nee-Gah, Too?

Is Baye-Sensei a Nee-Gah, Too?

I had noticed from our first meeting that the girl was a bit outspoken, compared to her Japanese classmates, and not shy about her English ability whatsoever. This is remarkable because generally the English-speaking students at my schools have only spoken to me in English when their friends were not around or totally buried the ability for fear of becoming outstanding or even ostracized (it’s been known to happen). But Risa seems to be unaware of these possible outcomes

24 September 2017 ~ Comments Off on Mi Kasa, Su Kasa (Aoi-san’s Last Stand)

Mi Kasa, Su Kasa (Aoi-san’s Last Stand)

Mi Kasa, Su Kasa (Aoi-san’s Last Stand)

As I laced up my boots preparing to leave my house, I realized that the noise that had awakened me an hour earlier than my alarm (and the sound I’d been trying to ignore all morning) was the tap-dancing of torrential rain on galvanized metal, like the kind on my neighbor’s porch roof.  I turned to my right, in […]

24 September 2017 ~ Comments Off on My First Time was Relatively Painless

My First Time was Relatively Painless

My First Time was Relatively Painless

Time flies! This interview predates the newspaper column and the books. In fact at the time I was at the pinnacle of my success as a blogger, working on, or procrastinating over, my first book.

22 September 2017 ~ 4 Comments

My Welcome to Japan

My Welcome to Japan

When I first moved to Japan I lived in Musashi Urawa out in Saitama. It’s about 20 minutes from Tokyo on the Saikyo Line. The Ekimae (the area around the station) has a handful of shops and restaurants, and as is the norm at virtually every station I’ve been to in and around Tokyo, there’s a Mcdonald’s and a Starbuck’s. […]

21 September 2017 ~ 2 Comments

Obstructing Japanese Chikan (Perverts) on the Trains

Obstructing Japanese Chikan (Perverts) on the Trains

I could feel the awkward pressure against me, his bodily insistence that I move when moving was unnecessary; ample space awaited him in the other direction I discerned with a glance. If this were NY I would’ve thought he was a pickpocket or nutcase…but this is Yokohama, and the mere fact that a Japanese person […]

20 September 2017 ~ 2 Comments

Why Japanese People Fear Black People (Confessions of a former Japanese Racist)

Why Japanese People Fear Black People (Confessions of a former Japanese Racist)

In a recent video on his popular YouTube channel “Find Your Love in Japan“, the YouTuber known as “Nobita” decided to tackle a subject that (as you guys well know) is near and dear to me: Pokemon! Nah, just kiddin’. Well, actually, not kiddin’ but that’s neither here nor there. Wait, what was I talking […]