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15 July 2009 ~ 5 Comments

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em

I have begun my summer reading a little earlier than usual…my summer vacation actually begins this Friday, but I saw David Sedaris’ latest book, When you are engulfed in flames, in Kinoukuniya and bought it immediately. He makes me laugh out loud in inappropriate places and at inopportune times but I don’t care. I need to, sometimes, [...]

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30 May 2009 ~ 10 Comments

The Most Interesting Man in the World!!! (updated)

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…and he bench presses Japanese nurses! What a hilariously brilliant Beer ad campaign! I’ve been watching the NBA Playoffs on NBA Broadband and they show the commercials so I’ve been able to catch a whiff of what’s cooking in the US through the commercials. Well, we’re still creative as hell, that’s for sure, as evidenced [...]

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18 May 2009 ~ 9 Comments

A chip on my shoulder?

Reason2Write,the founder and creative genius behind one of my favorite blogs has gone ahead and given me a reason to write. (-; She has tasked me to think of alternative explanations for why SOME Japanese people behave the way they do towards me. Racism, and its virtually identical twin sister, xenophobia, as well as other forms of negativity, are not allowed. I must [...]

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13 March 2009 ~ 43 Comments

おーい、日本人のみなさん、See how beautiful I am…And be ashamed!

おーい、日本人のみなさん、See how beautiful I am…And be ashamed!

おーい、日本人のみなさん、おれら黒人をみると避ける人がいるが、避けられるたんびにすごく悲しくなるんだ。おれらもみんなといっしょなんだ。仲良くやりたいんだよ。 Roughly translated it means something to the effect of:  “Hey, Japanese People! When you see us black people do not avoid us. Every time you do it we get very upset. We are all the same! And we want to have a good relationship with you. My friend, 空, after reading Lighten up Loco, was inspired to write [...]

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06 March 2009 ~ 51 Comments

Lighten up, Loco

Lighten up, Loco
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I’ve been doing some thinking…a lot of thinking, actually. For the most part I’ve focused my blog on Japanese people, culture, customs and idiosyncrasies, and the highs and lows of living among them, as well as the effect of xenophobia on the soul. What I have ignored to a large degree is the issue of other people living here who also have [...]

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16 December 2008 ~ 4 Comments

日本人外人さん、分け隔てなく、席につくべし。

Translated it means:  Don’t distinguish between Japanese and foreigners, just sit down like a well-mannered samurai! (It’s kind of a Japanese joke to make light of the serious subject) Something interesting happened today. I discovered a Japanese blogger had linked to my blog post:  An empty seat on a crowded train. What he said I [...]

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20 November 2008 ~ 8 Comments

Gaijin Hygiene

Gaijin Hygiene

One of my favorite things about Japan are onsens. I was introduced to onsens on my first visit here, before I decided to relocate. I came to visit my friend and stayed with him for a couple of weeks. During that time he, his girlfriend (now his wife), a friend of hers and I went out [...]

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19 November 2008 ~ 24 Comments

Gaijin hijinks

Gaijin hijinks

There used to be a hilarious English comic strip in Japanzine magazine, very popular in Japan, about a loser from Canada who comes to Japan to teach English and, by virtue of being un-Japanese, becomes super popular. It was called Charisma Man. This was before my time (I arrived here in 2003) but it remains kind of an [...]

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27 October 2008 ~ 5 Comments

Ducking and Bobbing

“Kyou Ji-mu ni ikanai no?” Aren’t you going to the gym today? Kana asked. I opened my eyes, carefully rolled over to the side of the bed and checked the time on my cell phone. Shit, it was 9:00am already. I felt like I’d just gone to sleep. I’d told Kana last night that I [...]

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26 October 2008 ~ 5 Comments

How I learned to bow

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I was on the way to work my first week in Japan, when I saw this gorgeous girl giving me the eye. I mean really beautiful. In America she wouldn’t need a stick to beat them off, she’d need Chuck Norris. I was reading a Japanese textbook…ok, I’m lying. I was reading a book on [...]

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