Just in case you missed it, (and if you don’t live in Japan, it’s a good chance you did) The Japan Times, top of the food chain as far as national English language Newspapers in Japan go, did a feature on Loco in Yokohama with an interview of yours truly!
I even made the cover, in color!
Topics of discussion included blogging, the whole “microaggression” debate, the challenges of self-publishing, and even a bit about my book, Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist.
Here’s a link to the online version of the article: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nc20120821br.html
Just wanted to take a moment to thank the good people over at The Japan Times for boldly going where precious few other mainstream national publications have dared to go to date, and for having the courage to give not only a blog with a raw, unadulterated yet fair and balanced perspective of life in Japan for a foreigner, but a self-published book that presents a complicated, contentious and challenging point of view (and self-publishing as a whole, for there have been a slew of self published books coming out of the Gaijin community here in Japan of late, with more to follow I’m sure) a moment of national mainstream exposure (where, btw, it is most needed).
Well, so much for being underground and blogging in obscurity…
Not that I ever wanted to be underground and obscure…but as of yesterday, and not to overstate it, Loco in Yokohama is officially, ummm…let’s just say “un-obscure” and leave it at that, for now.
So, to all of you folks coming to Loco in Yokohama via The Japan Times article and the buzz surrounding it: Welcome to Loco in Yokohama!
You’ve caught me at a very unsettling transitional period in my life, however. I’ve yet to find the balance between being an author, blogger and teacher. With the marketing and promotion of my book in full swing and the writing and editing of the second taking up a majority of the rest of the time, blogging has been reduced to drips and drabs. But, lucky for you guys (not so much for my long time readers) I have almost four years of archival posts for your reading pleasure. Please check them out and let me know what you think.
You can start with this link which contains a list of ten of the more popular posts: http://www.locoinyokohama.com/readers-choices-for-1st-time-or-new-visitors/
Peace and Love,