Archive | 10 ways NOT to go Loco in Yokohama

22 December 2008 ~ 18 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #10: Be You and have fun!

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #10: Be You and have fun!
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For my final tip I’ve decided to bring this series full-circle. I know I said in tip #1: Don’t be you, and I truly believe by discarding some of those things that you thought were so essential to being you you can enhance your experience here. Japan will surprise you and maybe even broaden your horizon if [...]

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20 December 2008 ~ 12 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #9: Be patient

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #9: Be patient

The Christians  say, “Be patient, therefore, brothers, … See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient.” (James 5:7-11) The Jews say, “The patient man shows much good sense, but the quick-tempered man displays [...]

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15 December 2008 ~ 20 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #8: Find a role model

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For me, there was no preparation for the challenges I would face as a foreigner living in Japan. This country has tried me in so many different ways. It has forced me to come to terms with aspects of my character I hadn’t even known were there as well as confront demons that had been [...]

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11 December 2008 ~ 11 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #7: Escape from Yokohama

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #7: Escape from Yokohama
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I was trying to find a clip that captures how I feel when I’m able to escape from Yokohama for a weekend or even overnight. Loco crawled to freedom through 500 yards of shit-smelling foulness… A little dramatic, I know. But, that’s almost how I feel sometimes. The best part is it makes the escape [...]

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08 December 2008 ~ 41 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #6: Avoid Gaijin!

The Japanese do it, and you should trust their wisdom. If you follow #6: Avoid Gaijin (Gaijin bars, Gaijin friendly areas and the Japanese girls who dwell there) it can do wonders for your sanity. You would think in a country where the natives avoid you like the plague you might find solace among people who share your fate. Trust me, you won’t. [...]

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08 December 2008 ~ 22 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #5: Make Japanese friends!

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #5: Make Japanese friends!
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Making Japanese friends is important, and can have the added benefit of helping you maintain your sanity. Here are my top four reasons why: 1- If  you’re studying Japanese, they are an invaluable resource for natural nihongo. 2- They can help you with the array of things you have to do to maintain your life in [...]

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05 December 2008 ~ 6 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #4: Just keep smiling…

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I almost included this post in #1 don’t be you or #3 learn that Japanese. But, I’ve found #4 Just keep smiling to be such an integral part of all the accomplishments I’ve achieved here in japan that it deserved its own post. Whether it’s basic communication or finding employment or making friends or just keeping people from giving me a reason to elbow them [...]

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01 December 2008 ~ 33 Comments

10 ways how NOT to go loco in Yokohama #3: Learn that Japanese!

10 ways how NOT to go loco in Yokohama #3: Learn that Japanese!
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  Well,  it should go without saying but I’m gonna say it anyway: #3 in my 10 ways how NOT to go Loco is: Learn that Japanese! I studied French for 2 years in JHS, 4 years in HS and 2 years in University, and if you asked me right now how to say anything in French except “Would you [...]

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30 November 2008 ~ 7 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama #2: Props and Camouflage

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As I’ve mentioned, #1: Don’t be you, is by far the most difficult step. A lot of water has to pass under the bridge before that kind of transformation can occur. So, what do you do in the meantime? My mother used to say, “fake it until you can make it!” In other words, pretend [...]

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30 November 2008 ~ 18 Comments

10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama: #1-Don’t be you!

I know it’s difficult to do anything life altering. I came here planning to alter my life, not to have it altered. It just kind of happened, and I fought it every step of the way. Which only made it more intense, and more interesting I’d like to believe…the results of which I am filling my blog [...]

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