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05 September 2013 ~ 4 Comments

Conversations 2013 #12: Gaijin on TV pt. 1

Conversation with Private Student discussing marketing my new book in Japan Student: …So, you’ll probably be doing a lot of Japanese media. Me: I hadn’t planned on it…but I don’t see me refusing any. Student: Will you do it in Japanese? Me: No. The book is in English, and any Japanese readers with even a […]

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28 August 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Conversations 2013 #11: As Real As It Gets

Conversations 2013 #11: As Real As It Gets

About an hour ago, the principal spied my new book cover on my iPad on my desk, and the following convo took place: Principal: What’s that? Me: My new book’s cover. P: Eeee? Your book? You wrote a book? Me: Yes. It’s my second actually. P: I didn’t know you were a writer. That’s great. […]

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23 April 2013 ~ 29 Comments

Conversations 2013 #9: Are Girls Generation Japanese?

Conversations 2013 #9: Are Girls Generation Japanese?

The following conversation took place at work in the office after classes. My co-workers were gawking over a picture of the band: Girls Generation Me: (looking over his shoulder) They’re cute. Who’s that? AKB48? Co-Worker: No, this is Girls Generation. Me: Never heard of them. CW: They’re very popular right now. Me: I can see […]

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21 February 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Conversations 2013 #6: Roots is about Apartheid in America, right?

Conversations 2013 #6: Roots is about Apartheid in America, right?

The following conversation took place with a Japanese private student at a café in Yokohama. When she arrived I was in the process of writing and didn’t even notice her til she sat down. Student: What are you working on? Me: Huh! oh man, didn’t even see you…how are you? Student: I’m fine. You look so busy… Is […]

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20 September 2012 ~ 29 Comments

Conversations 2012 #2: You Must Have Many Japanese Girlfriends!

Conversations 2012 #2: You Must Have Many Japanese Girlfriends!

The following conversation took place today in a taxi cab on the way to work. The door of the cab sprung open at my approach and as I slid in… Taxi Driver: Yokohama junior high school, right? Me: That’s right? TD: (satisfied smile in the mirror) Its hot again today, isn’t it? Me: Yes, very […]

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18 September 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Conversations 2012 #1: Like When Japanese Carry a Big Penis on their Shoulders

Conversations 2012 #1: Like When Japanese Carry a Big Penis on their Shoulders
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So, I’ve decided to restart my “Conversations” series. I’ve always found these to be one of the best ways to intimate what every day life is like here. For those of you who have read the book, you probably noticed that some of the previous conversations relevant to race matters were included. If you’re curious just click […]

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23 February 2011 ~ 14 Comments

Conversation 2/23/11: I just can’t understand American women!

Conversation 2/23/11: I just can’t understand American women!

Conversation with a recently married female private student at a cafe in Yokohama. Me:…and I came  across an article from a American magazine from the 1950’s about black soldiers marrying Japanese women. Student: Really? From the 1950’s? Me: 1953, to be exact. It was amazing!  It had pictures of the couples and everything. Student: Wow! Sounds awesome! What […]

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25 January 2011 ~ 8 Comments

Conversation 1/24/11: Too happy to write

Conversation 1/24/11: Too happy to write

 This conversation took place with a friend at a cafe in Yokohama Friend: So, what’s the deal? Me: What? Friend: You haven’t been writing much lately. Too busy? Me: Not especially… Friend: You still high from your trip, aren’t you?! Me: What do you mean? Friend: Before you left you were all stressed out and ranting […]

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01 November 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Conversation 11/1/10: She’s a “We”

This conversation took place a few minutes ago here in the office at my job between Akiyama and I. Akiyama: (looking at my shoe-less feet) Where are your shoes? Me: I forgot them at the other school )-: Akiyama: You’re gonna walk around like that all day? It’s strange. Me: …and dangerous! But, the house […]

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15 September 2010 ~ 12 Comments

Conversation 9/15/10: I’m going to the hospital to die!

This conversation took place a few minutes ago between Akiyama, Mrs. Betty and I in the teacher’s office. I had returned from a smoke break and overheard the conversation the two of them were having…. Akiyama: …cuz it’s difficult working with ALTs sometimes. Mrs. Betty: It sure is. The both look up as I take […]

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