23 May 2014 ~ 4 Comments

If I See A Black Kid in a Hoodie, I’m Crossing the Street!

If I See A Black Kid in a Hoodie, I’m Crossing the Street!

Mark Cuban, outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, had this to say about racism to INC.: In other words, if he sees, let’s say, his point guard Monta Ellis, the best (and worst according to Cuban) of both words (he’s both black and tattooed) walking toward him wearing a hoodie, he’d judge the [...]

22 May 2014 ~ 9 Comments

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt: 1

Preconceptions are Poisonous Pt: 1

I shared a video on LIY yesterday produced by a gentleman who goes  by the name of Ken Tanaka. (Peep his Youtube Channel here) The video is in the process of going viral, hopefully, and I believe it to be worthy of a bit of commentary. Perhaps it is receiving its just desserts on its YouTube [...]

21 May 2014 ~ 3 Comments

The Most Impressive Video I’ve Seen About Japan in a Lonnnnng Time!

The Most Impressive Video I’ve Seen About Japan in a Lonnnnng Time!
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Just in case you missed this exceptional video by Ken Tanaka, called “But We’re Speaking Japanese!” Readers of LIY have read about this tendency in days past, (how I’ve gotten GFs to pretend they don’t speak Japanese just so I can be heard, having my change and even credit cards given to my Japanese companion, etc…) but [...]

21 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

Still teaching (since yesterday) the present perfect to my third-year students. I instructed them to ask me questions using “how long?” 1st student: How long have you played basketball? Me: …since I was a child. 2nd student: How long have you eaten hamburgers? Me: …since I was a child. 3rd: How long have you drunk cola? Me: …since I was [...]

20 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Present Perfect

Present Perfect

I had a headache all day today, and a shitload of classes so I wasn’t in the best of moods to say the least. I was teaching a class the present perfect tense (I think) and was having the students question me using the grammar. One student asked me, “how long have you played soccer?” [...]

19 May 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Crushed

Crushed

           I woke up to my chirping cell phone alarm at 6:30 feeling well rested. The crows were cawing, the bluebirds were whistling and Aiko was typing in the next room.              “Ohayou,” I groaned, feeling a slight twinge in my back. I’d played basketball the day before at the gym, and though I don’t look [...]

01 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

2014 Conversation #3: Einstein Dropping Science…on Racism!

2014 Conversation #3: Einstein Dropping Science…on Racism!

The following conversation took place – in Japanese – just now in my office between a colleague and I. He was passing by my desk and noticed the below picture of Einstein on my computer screen. Japanese Teacher: Eeeee? Is that Einstein? Me: Yeah. He’s teaching at a black people’s university back in 1946. JT: Black People’s university??? [...]

16 April 2014 ~ 7 Comments

2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?

2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?

I was sitting at my desk just now, mouthful of lunch, eyes locked on my PC, reading up on my new obsession / guilty pleasure, the TV show “Arrow”, one of the new English teachers taps me on the shoulder. Me (still holding the chopsticks to my mouth, tearing into a piece of the tastiest ass broiled [...]

10 April 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 2: Spiritually and Otherwise

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 2: Spiritually and Otherwise

Check Out Part 1 HERE The thing about living in this gaijin bubble here in Japan is it doesn’t appear to exist in the real world. It feels virtual. And initially this virtual reality feeling lends itself to all kinds of mayhem and confusion. Spiritually and otherwise. There’s the onset of a fundamental breakdown of some [...]

09 April 2014 ~ 7 Comments

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 1: Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs

Outside the Gaijin Bubble Pt. 1: Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs
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Somewhere Between Immigration and Customs So, our last night in Brooklyn, amid a discussion that covered such crucial topics as my returning to Brooklyn, her moving abroad, living together vs marriage, and even children, my woman turns to me and says, “I like you better in New York!” “Me too,” I replied, rather quickly. Then [...]