18 February 2011 ~ 9 Comments

How do girls keep warm in Japan?

How do girls keep warm in Japan?

I’ve talked about some of the accessories that Japanese students use in the schools, like pencil cases, etc… There’s another item I’ve failed to mention that is ubiquitous during the winters in the schools. I’m talking about little personal blankets. The girls use these to keep their legs warm because, regardless of the temperature, the uniform […]

18 February 2011 ~ 12 Comments

Live from Locohama S2/E43: Fuck you, Loco! pt.2

click here for pt.1 I walked away from the confrontation with Ishii feeling unsettled. Not only had I lost my cool but he still had the ball in his pocket and a satisfied gleam in his eyes, so I had lost the battle of wills, as well. I was not thrilled. I must have been glaring at […]

17 February 2011 ~ 10 Comments

I STILL don’t get this!

I STILL don’t get this!

This is in Yokohama Station, as of today:   Can anyone help me with this? Explain the appeal of this ad campaign. I’d be much obliged. I mean, I dig absurd ad campaigns as much as the next cat, but this one evades comprehension. And I’m a pretty comprehensive guy usually. Curious to hear how […]

17 February 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Live from Yokohama S2/E42: Fuck You, Loco!

Live from Yokohama S2/E42: Fuck You, Loco!

I was wrong about Satou-kun. I thought he was the type that liked to remain in the shadows, be the right hand of da man. Be  that reliable, capable, dependable, loyal soldier,  willing to not only carry out assignments but adept enough to anticipate the needs of his leader before they arise.  I remember I likened him to Bob […]

13 February 2011 ~ 7 Comments

Whoa…She’s in Yokohama, with Loco!

Whoa…She’s in Yokohama, with Loco!

That’s right, I spent most of this afternoon with the lovely Amanda from Whoa…I’m in Japan blog. We met up at Yokohama station, went to Bay Quarters Kua Aina for burgers (best burgers in Yokohama) and chatted about everything from nihongo to junk food. (-; Kawaii deshou? Good times! Good times! Perhaps we might get […]

13 February 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Lay off the Jukujo!!!

Lay off the Jukujo!!!

Ran into a friend of mine last week. He reads my blog. Digs it…sometimes. Took issue with the last two posts though, so I heard him out. “That was some funny shit,” he said, mouth smiling, eyes? Not so much. “I’m just trying to figure out what you got against jukujo? !” “HUH???” I was […]

08 February 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Loco’s Patronus “flows like Jazz…”

Loco’s Patronus “flows like Jazz…”

My new blog, Loco’s Patronus, is up and running, and GREAT THINGS are happening! I started it just as we entered Black History Month (February). And it couldn’t have been better timed if I had planned it that way. I mean, what better time to speak about the people who have and continue to influence and inspire me? I started […]

06 February 2011 ~ 6 Comments

The High Hat

Just now, I was walking home from the station when I spotted a black guy about a block away coming my way. I didn’t recognize him. I’ve run into all of the blacks in my vicinity at least once. New Blood, I figured. For the past couple of years I’ve shunned other black people…unless they […]

31 January 2011 ~ 5 Comments

And, without further ado…

And, without further ado…

…I announce the official launch of my new blog: Loco’s Patronus Here’s an excerpt from the first post: What can you expect to find here? Well, as I mentioned in my interview, they’ll be VERY little if anything about Japan here. Here you’ll find what inspires me and what I believe will keep me on the path.  I’ll […]

25 January 2011 ~ 8 Comments

Conversation 1/24/11: Too happy to write

Conversation 1/24/11: Too happy to write

 This conversation took place with a friend at a cafe in Yokohama Friend: So, what’s the deal? Me: What? Friend: You haven’t been writing much lately. Too busy? Me: Not especially… Friend: You still high from your trip, aren’t you?! Me: What do you mean? Friend: Before you left you were all stressed out and ranting […]