20 March 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Miki and Baye Take New York!

Miki and Baye Take New York!

So, as it stands, this is the agenda for my New York visit next week: I’ll be arriving on Monday March 24th in the afternoon. That evening and the following evening I currently have no plans except spending some time with my Moms. I’m anticipating a bit of jet lag after the 13-14 hour flight, [...]

19 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Japanese Dropping F-Bombs on Racists

Japanese Dropping F-Bombs on Racists

Having a hard time choosing the best photo I’ve seen today. Shall it be this shot of Yokohama in all its lovely glory? Or, shall it be this gentleman conveying his feelings so eloquently on the racial problems here in Japan? Tough choice… Hmmmm….I think I’m gonna go with the latter here though. Talk about [...]

15 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Be Still My Heart: Yokohama Publicly Decries Racism!

Be Still My Heart: Yokohama Publicly Decries Racism!

A couple of the most popular questions I get asked by readers are some variation of why I’ve stayed in Japan, and why did I move to Yokohama. Well…those who read my first book know that my first place of residence in Japan was in the now internationally infamous Urawa, a city in Saitama. The following [...]

11 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Why I Pray For Japan

Why I Pray For Japan

I forgot all about 3/11. I came into the office today and during the morning meeting the principal suddenly announces over the loud speaker that we were going to take a moment of silence. I almost asked “for what”? fearing one of the students had gotten hit by a car and killed or something crazy [...]

10 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Those Bloody Afro-Japanese…

Those Bloody Afro-Japanese…

They never follow the rules! They’re an unruly lot…dragging people around, making us naturally Afro’d folks look bad (-; Maybe I was the inspiration…I’ve run for the train on many a morning (-; I do miss my natural, though… Loco

06 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Start Spreading the News…I mean, Spread Love, it’s the Brooklyn Way!

Start Spreading the News…I mean, Spread Love, it’s the Brooklyn Way!

Like the man said: “It’s up to you New York!” Or like my notorious brethren from BK said more accurately: So, come March 24th I’ll be making my way back to the source of all that love that’s been spread. And on March 26th: If you’re in NYC and ain’t busy on that evening, come on [...]

06 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

I Have an Announcement to Make!

I Have an Announcement to Make!

BayeMcNeil.com …And here it is! To celebrate the launch of my new website, BAYEMCNEIL.COM, here’s what I’m gonna do.  From now until  my pending trip to New York (more on that in posts to come) on March 24th, I’ll be offering each of my books (E-book versions) for: $2.99!! Yep, that’s 40% off the list price! [...]

04 March 2014 ~ 2 Comments

The World Premiere of www.BayeMcNeil.com

The World Premiere of www.BayeMcNeil.com

If you get a chance, make your way over to my new website, Baye McNeil It’s filled with all kinds of info including ongoing and upcoming projects, events and history. It was designed by my partner in all things creative and otherwise, “Tameeka” Hayashi and I. You might think of this as its first incarnation, [...]

01 March 2014 ~ 31 Comments

I Believe He’s Speaking Japanese Though

I Believe He’s Speaking Japanese Though

So, I attended the Tokyo International Literary Festival opening ceremony last night at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku. I was on a hiiiiigh high cuz I held on to high hopes that I’d meet one of my favorite writers, the magnificent, Pulitzer-prize winning Junot Diaz! A little back story… One of my private students took part [...]

01 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Why is the Crime Rate in Japan So Low?

Why is the Crime Rate in Japan So Low?

Because the criminals are easily identified…with simple English labeling at that. From the wall of my local post office (-: Loco