16 July 2014 ~ 4 Comments

How To Unpack That S_ _tload of “Koto”

How To Unpack That S_ _tload of “Koto”

Well, my second installment is up on the Japan Times website now and will be in the paper tomorrow morning. (please pick up a copy at your local kiosk / newsstand, if you’re in this part of Asia!) It’s called: Unpacking Koto: Retain, Discard and Repeat as Necessary It’s all about that excess baggage we […]

14 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

The Beauty of Japanese School Gardens

The Beauty of Japanese School Gardens

I attended Jackie Robinson Intermediate School in Brooklyn, a school literally built on what is considered by most older Brooklynites as hallowed ground: the space that formerly held Ebbet’s Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yes, that would be the same Brooklyn Dodgers who decided against popular opinion to integrate baseball and the very same place […]

12 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Loco on the Lecture Circuit

Loco on the Lecture Circuit

The video didn’t come out so great, sound-wise. But i’m gonna put something together for you guys soon. Note to Self: need to invest in a better microphone. In the meantime, I’ve put together a few screenshots from my lecture at Waseda University last week. Introducing myself… The professor explaining to the students about my Japan Times column… […]

10 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Peer-Policing in Japanese Schools

Peer-Policing in Japanese Schools

Saw something interesting at work today. I had instructed my first-year students, in groups, to secretly choose a person or character and make four hints about him or her. Points would be given, high to low, based on how few clues another group needs to guess who it was they were hinting at. Once they’d […]

04 July 2014 ~ 5 Comments

On Lecturing to the Japanese Ivy-League

On Lecturing to the Japanese Ivy-League

Tomorrow, July 5th, I’ll be lecturing to students at Waseda University, one of Japan’s “Ivy-League” schools. Students of  Waseda’s venerable Political Science Department have been assigned to read my book: “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist“ and have prepared questions for me. They’ve also been given my recent column from The Japan Times on […]

26 June 2014 ~ 4 Comments

The Naked African-American at Narita Airport

The Naked <del>African-</del>American at Narita Airport

Well, the first article of my column is officially out there in the world. And I couldn’t be prouder… It even made the front cover! “The Naked African-American at Narita Airport” was the title I wanted to run it with but my editor suggested the Strike-through in “African” might not work out, particularly in the […]

24 June 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Putting a Black Eye in the Gang

Putting a Black Eye in the Gang

…So said the greatest Hypeman in HipHop history: Flavor Flav! What did he mean? Who the fuck knows exactly? Probably only him. He used the line in the beginning of a response song to an attack radio personality Mister Magic had made on Public Enemy during a radio show back in the eighties…but how “putting a black eye […]

23 June 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Loco in Yokohama: The Lost Chapters #1

Loco in Yokohama: The Lost Chapters #1

Some chapters didn’t make it into the book: Loco in Yokohama for space purposes, but were just as worthy of making the book as those that were included. Periodically I’ll be releasing some of these. Here’s one here. It’s called “Mother Sounds”It proved to be a bit redundant for the book, but I love it! If you do as […]

05 June 2014 ~ 3 Comments

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt. 2: The House Negroes of Japan

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt. 2: The House Negroes of Japan

Ken Tanaka’s video (Please check out Pt. 1 of this post HERE) suggested that white people have it pretty easy in Japan…at least those who are not imbeciles and cry racism at every misunderstanding do. I agree and disagree. (Hate when that happens) Part of me feels as my girl Orchis64 states in her response to […]

03 June 2014 ~ 13 Comments

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt.1

I Thought White People in Japan had it Pretty Easy! Pt.1

Ken Tanaka, the video producer whose praises were sung loudly here a couple of weeks ago (when I took time out to share my thoughts on a video he produced called: “But We’re Speaking Japanese” ) has hit the airwaves again with the following video sensationally entitled: “Is Japan Racist?” Have a look see:   Some viewers will undoubtedly […]