03 June 2010 ~ 34 Comments

Japan Blog Matsuri – The June 2010 Theme

Japan Blog Matsuri – The June 2010 Theme
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UPDATE!!! The Matsuri has been completed and blogged. Here’s the link! Welcome to the theme announcement for the June 2010 edition of the Japan Blog Matsuri! Before we get into the specifics of this month’s matsuri, a big shout out to last month’s host blog, Nihongoup for the exceptional job he did. The May Japan Blog Matsuri ‘s [...]

01 June 2010 ~ 15 Comments

House rules

This conversation took place, in Japanese, a little while ago between myself and a staff person at a Internet cafe in Yokohama: I arrive at the front desk. The staff person is helping a departing customer. I arrive a second before another departing customer queued behind the one being helped. Staff (to me): One moment, please. She finishes [...]

01 June 2010 ~ 10 Comments

Live from Locohama, S2/E13: Mother Sounds

Live from Locohama, S2/E13: Mother Sounds

Takahashi sensei asked the class, ” …And who knows when we use “an” before a noun?” As has become the norm, the hands of my two new favorite first-year students shot up.  They remind me of my former, now graduated favorites, the Onanii Brothers. Ones chubby, the other slim. (Is this how it always is with comedy teams???) [...]

01 June 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Japan Derby

Japan Derby

One of my co-workers, a horse lover, invited me to go see a horse race with him and his friends, surprising the hell out of me. I guess I shouldn’t have been. I mean, we’ve been working together for over three years, now. But, he has never done anything even approaching this kind of camaraderie. It almost [...]

31 May 2010 ~ 11 Comments

Conversation 5/30/10: Goals

This conversation took place in a cafe in Yokohama the other day with a private student of mine. Student: So, what do you think makes you a good English teacher? Me: At my job? Or with you? Student: Is there a difference? Me: Well, yeah… Student: What”s the difference? Me: With you, I’m actually trying to [...]

23 May 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Yokohama, in living color #6: Shin-Yokohama pt.2

Yokohama, in living color #6: Shin-Yokohama pt.2

In addition to the aforementioned attractions, Shin-Yokohama also has a respectably-sized Love Hotel district (nothing compared to Shibuya or Shinjuku, but a wider selection than many other areas) on the far side of the Yokohama line tracks. Once you cross beneath the train tracks you’ll find yourself in the midst of a number of love hotels. I [...]

23 May 2010 ~ 6 Comments

Yokohama, in living color #6: Shin-Yokohama

Yokohama, in living color #6: Shin-Yokohama

Next stop on my photo tour of Yokohama is actually one of my favorites places in Yokohama: Shin-Yokohama. Shin Yokohama is a basically a city built around a Shinkansen station. No shinkansen, no Shin-Yokohama.  At least no shin-Yokohama as we know it now. Shin-Yokohama Station was opened on October 1, 1964 as part of the opening [...]

21 May 2010 ~ 18 Comments

Ignorance isn’t always bliss

Ignorance isn’t always bliss

I was sitting in Doutor’s coffee shop in Yokohama yesterday drinking coffee, puffing a stogie, reading…and ignoring everyone. Sometimes it’s easy. I know what they’re doing. It never changes. It’s as predictable as the sunrise. I really have to shut down to have any peace of mind here and there’s nothing like Clavell to aid that process. [...]

20 May 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Live from Locohama, S2/E10: The Cuckoo’s Nest

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The door of the teacher’s office slid open and in came Special Ed, shouting, “LoOocOoO Sennnnseeeii!” Over and over. Every teacher in the office looked at me without envy. Akiyama smiled piteously and nodded toward Special Ed as if to indicate I should join him. I peeked down at my schedule on my desk, confirmed that [...]

20 May 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

It’s raining in Yokohama today (see pic). And, this morning’s commute reminded me of a post I wrote 2 years ago. Here it is (with a few minor edits): Many Japanese, when walking towards me, have a tendency to (upon noticing me and while at the same time noticing that there is little room or little time to make [...]