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23 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

By Special Request and a Popular Demand…

By Special Request and a Popular Demand…

…here’s my latest “Black Eye” post for Japan Times, the kick-off of a three-part series on Jamaicans living in Japan and their impact on Japanese people and culture! “Every summer, the One Love Jamaica Festival is held at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. It’s a free two-day event where the art, music, dance and food of [...]

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15 October 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Seven Years / Seven Days / Seven Dollars!!

Seven Years / Seven Days / Seven Dollars!!

The Number of the Day is: 777! In celebration of (and gratitude for) 7 years of Loco in Yokohama starting tomorrow (October 16) for the next 7 days, both e-Books, Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist and Loco in Yokohama will go ON SALE for 7 dollars!! That’s $3.50 each for you people who suck at math (like me). 7 days [...]

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14 October 2014 ~ 8 Comments

Seven Years in Tibet Yokohama

Seven Years in <del>Tibet</del> Yokohama

Two things happened 7 years ago. The first: I moved to Yokohama. Yep, to my first apartment, a lovely duplex in Kikuna on the top of a hill with a fabulous view of Mt. Fuji from my desk… If it weren’t the draftiest friggin’ flat in Yokohama I’d probably even miss the place! And, the second, (which was exactly [...]

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20 September 2014 ~ 3 Comments

What do Japanese Girls, Subway Gropers and Ramen have in Common?

What do Japanese Girls, Subway Gropers and Ramen have in Common?

Apparently they have LIY in common! At least according to a three-month check of the top ten search terms that bring googlers to my haunts, aside from the blog name itself: Loco in Yokohama (which is number 1).   Not sure how to analyze that though. I do have a number of stories on all the top three though… These two [...]

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19 September 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Didn’t King Kong Kick Godzilla’s Ass?

Didn’t King Kong Kick Godzilla’s Ass?

Typically, when I put together a lesson for my students, I begin it with a listening exercise, followed by a matching exercise and then finish it up with an opportunity for them to practice the English I’ve just taught them. Of course, the emphasis is primarily on Grammar, but there’s a bit of propaganda incorporated into [...]

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17 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Why Japan is so DOPE!!

Why Japan is so DOPE!!

My latest column for the Japan Times is up on their website and the paper version will be available tomorrow morning at a newsstand near you (if you’re in Japan, that is). Here’s a little taste of what’s in store for you: I was curious about what challenges he faced along the way, though, and what kind [...]

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12 September 2014 ~ 12 Comments

Fabricating a Fiction that Suits Your Needs

Fabricating a Fiction that Suits Your Needs

This was excerpted from a conversation I was having on Facebook, and thought it was interesting. It evolved from the following post: Just now, in English… Coworker: I’m sorry but you have to start teaching the handicapped kids again… Me: (cringe) Coworker: I’m sorry. I know it’s difficult but the handicapped kids need to study [...]

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29 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Don’t Look at me…I just work here!

Don’t Look at me…I just work here!

One of the bad boys in my school just walked into the teacher’s office (crossing the threshold is a no-no) wearing a baseball cap (a no-no) backwards (a no-no on steroids) with his gym shorts hanging off his butt (another no-no) revealing his boxers (beyond no-no) with a golden chain around his neck with the [...]

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28 August 2014 ~ 9 Comments

Wonder Why a Nigga Don’t Go Completely Mad!

Wonder Why a Nigga Don’t Go Completely Mad!

One day I came pretty close to being on that long ass list of unarmed black men dead at the hands of America’s finest. ***** I was a college student at the time, working part time at a major department store in midtown Manhattan. My co-worker, a Colombian cat named Nelson, and I had plans to hangout after work [...]

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20 August 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The Price of a Little Peace of Mind

The Price of a Little Peace of Mind

Check out my latest column for The Japan Times! Here’s an excerpt: Sometimes it’s hard to believe the American that emerged, naked and naive, from Narita International Airport back in 2004 and the person writing this column are one and the same. Life in Japan has made me, unmade me and remade me. I’ve unpacked and [...]

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