07 June 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Yokohama, in living color #7: Aigamo rice fields of Yokohama pt.1

Yokohama, in living color #7: Aigamo rice fields of Yokohama pt.1

When you think of Yokohama, generally you think of some of the areas I’ve covered in #s 1-6 of Yokohama, in living color. Rarely do you think of farms and rice fields. So, in this installment we’ll take a look at a farm and a rice field just 25 minutes from Yokohama station, in Tana city, [...]

06 June 2010 ~ 15 Comments

Friendly faces free of fear

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One of the coolest things about being an ALT (if you’re at an easy-going school) is that you get to leave fairly early. I’m often finished all my teaching responsibilities by 2:30 in the afternoon, and by 3pm I’m looking at the front door. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3aRrokORjY I have private students most every evening, starting around 6pm [...]

04 June 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Conversation 6/4/10: You ain’t gotta explain shit to me…

Got on the train this morning and found myself standing next to one of my buddies from “the company”. He was listening to his I-Phone and hadn’t noticed me so I nudged him. He didn’t respond. I nudged him a little harder. He pulled his earphones out of his ears and turned on me like he [...]

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 [...]