08 July 2010 ~ 9 Comments

Live from Locohama S2/E27: The girls in the hall

Live from Locohama S2/E27: The girls in the hall

The Board of Education showed up at School C today. Different guys from the ones that had shown up at School B, but with the same dynamic. Only this 偉い人 (big shot) had two underlings instead of one. I wish I had a picture to show you what I mean by the following phrase: the teachers were […]

07 July 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Conversation 7/7/2010: Baka nihonjin (Stupid Japanese)

Conversation 7/7/2010: Baka nihonjin (Stupid Japanese)

This conversation took place between Akiyama sensei, Mrs. Betty, and myself this afternoon in the teacher’s office. Prelude: I brought some omiyage (souvenirs) to school today for the kids. I have a bunch of excess shopping bags in my house and this time I used a shopping bag from Abercrombie & Fitch because it was […]

07 July 2010 ~ 10 Comments

Live from Locohama, S2/E26: Tanabata Tree

Live from Locohama, S2/E26: Tanabata Tree

So, I walked into the school today and noticed this big colorful tree with what looked like decorations hanging from it. Yeah, you probably guessed it, if you live here. if not, well here’s the reason:  tomorrow is known as Tanabata or in English as the Star Festival. there’s a lovely back story which I’ll […]

05 July 2010 ~ 11 Comments

Live from Locohama, S2/E25: Tell whatshername to bring me the thingamajig!

Live from Locohama, S2/E25: Tell whatshername to bring me the thingamajig!

Imagine my surprise when I walked into the teacher’s office at School C and saw none other than Mrs. Betty seated at Yamada Sensei’s desk! “Mr. Loco! Welcome back!” “Mrs. Betty! What are you doing here???” I thought whatshername was coming back and…” I had used the word ‘whatshername’ sort of contemptuously. “She extended her leave…still grieving, […]

27 June 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Conversation 6/26/10: Kimochi warui

This conversation took place at a cafe in Yokohama between a student and myself: Student: What do you think about the World Cup? Me: I try not to think about it really. Student: Americans don’t care about soccer, right? Me: Well…that’s not exactly true. I mean, where I grew up, my neighborhood was about 50% African American and […]

27 June 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Loco: The unintentionally abridged unauthorized autobiography

Loco: The unintentionally abridged unauthorized autobiography
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I was born in Brooklyn, New York more than three and less than six decades ago, today June 27. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: It’s Loco Day in Yokohama!Go Loco Go Loco, it’s your birthday, it’s your birthday! Unfortunately, the parade got rained out…Yabai! (Rain date 6/27/2011. Mark it on your calender.) I was born […]

26 June 2010 ~ 4 Comments

The annoying, the offensive, and the spooky

Over the course of my seven years here I have modified again and again the extent to which I’ll allow myself to be affected by what’s going on around me. By that I mean the behavior of  Japanese people. I’m reminded of a scene from a very funny movie by one of my favorite film writers- Cameron […]

24 June 2010 ~ 12 Comments

Japan Blog Matsuri:June 2010: Hot fun in the Summer Time!

Japan Blog Matsuri:June 2010: Hot fun in the Summer Time!

Welcome to the June 2010 edition of the Japan Blog Matsuri!  This month’s theme is: So, you’re looking for some cool things to do this summer? Well. you’ve come to the right place!  Even if you’re just curious about how some of the people here in Japan spend their summer, you’re at the blog to be. The answers are here! By […]

18 June 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Hot fun in the summer time!

Hot fun in the summer time!
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Loco here. With the deadline for post submissions to the June Japan Blog Matsuri quickly approaching, I just wanted to remind all of my fellow Japan bloggers, readers, followers and friends that it’s not too late, and submissions are still being accepted and most welcomed. So far we have a handful of excellent posts and a number […]

17 June 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Conversation 6/16/10: Rice Subsidy

Conversation 6/16/10: Rice Subsidy

This conversation took place yesterday with the same student who is being transferred to his company’s New York office this Autumn: Student: I spoke with Human Resources today. Me: Oh yeah? Anything interesting? Student: Actually, they are going to give me extra money. Me: Really? You mean for extra expenses you incur living in New York? […]