30 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

What does Japan’s No. 1 Magazine Want with Loco?

What does Japan’s No. 1 Magazine Want with Loco?

I should say “English” Magazine, but the headline looked so much better without that English part. (-; Answer: They want to share with their readers some of my thoughts on why I chose  Yokohama as my town, my thoughts on trains here in Japan, and some other good stuff. Check it out! CLICK HERE     [...]

19 December 2013 ~ 2 Comments

10 Books That Have Stayed With Me

10 Books That Have Stayed With Me

My friend / editor Shari Custer requested the following: In your status line list 10 books that have stayed with you. They don’t have to be great works, just the ones that have touched you and changed you and your outlook on life. And here they are (off the top of my head) in no [...]

16 December 2013 ~ 22 Comments

The War on Katakana-ized English

The War on Katakana-ized English

I’ve been so busy of late I’ve neglected to mention that I’ve penned my first article for The Japan Times entitled: The War on Katakana Starts at School Here’s an excerpt: I remember setting up a lesson for some second-year junior high school students a few years back. It was all rote by then; I [...]

15 December 2013 ~ 7 Comments

Google Japan’s Black Santa

Google Japan’s Black Santa

So, Google Japan has a new 2013 winter ad campaign… It features a Japanese-speaking black guy and a Japanese guy. It kept popping up whenever I’d watch a video on Youtube. So I looked into it and finally found it…only to find that it had over a million and half views and only 1 comment, [...]

09 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Home Quote Unquote Pt. 6: Institutionalized

<strong><em>Home</em></strong> Quote Unquote Pt. 6: Institutionalized

As I prepare for my trip home this coming March, I have a feeling this will be THE trip home. On previous returns to the place of my birth and youth, while I was mildly aware that a transition, a displacement, was underway, I still managed to maintain the mindset that I was indeed in [...]

03 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

A Friendly Game of Twenty Questions with The Japan Guy

A Friendly Game of Twenty Questions with The Japan Guy

The Japan Guy caught up with me at an opportune moment and we got into a Q&A that turned out pretty damn good! Twenty questions and answers that give insight into writing, blogging, publishing, and teaching in Japan Here’s an excerpt: Question #10: Why did you start “Loco in Yokohama”?  I felt at the time [...]

01 December 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Home Quote Unquote Pt. 5: Romancing the ‘Hood

<strong><em>Home</em></strong> Quote Unquote Pt. 5: Romancing the ‘Hood

Sundays in Yokohama, I wake up bright and early and play basketball, but Sunday in Bed-Stuy is a holy day. I couldn’t tell you which there are more of in Bed-Stuy: People or churches. When I was younger NY used to even enforce Blue Laws on Sunday…grocery stores couldn’t sell alcohol, bars stopped serving after [...]

01 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

A Message to the Lovers– and the Haters

A Message to the Lovers– and the Haters

As a blogger here in Japan with no compunction about telling both the lovely and ugly here I’ve gotten my fair share of Hate mail. It’s generally done in a disgusting and cowardly fashion (fake IP and Email addresses and names, replete with name calling and racial epithets) even when the message is reflective of [...]

29 November 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Black Friday In Yokohama

Black Friday In Yokohama

Yesterday in the teacher’s office I had the following conversation with my co-worker, a Japanese social studies Teacher: JT: Loco-Sensei, are you busy first period tomorrow? Me: Hmmm…(I said, knowing full well I didn’t have a class first period. Whenever I don’t I usually sleep and come to the school an hour later…) Let me [...]

28 November 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Home Quote Unquote Pt. 4: On Being Wary of Gun-Toting, Bible-Thumping, Obama-Bashing Undecideds

<strong><em>Home</em></strong> Quote Unquote Pt. 4: On Being Wary of Gun-Toting, Bible-Thumping, Obama-Bashing Undecideds

It had taken me about a year of living in Japan before I had my first dream that included Nihongo, the Japanese language, and another year or so before my dreams were set in Japan. I had such a dream there on Ma’s couch in Brooklyn. I couldn’t remember all the details. All I remember [...]