28 March 2009 ~ 6 Comments

Ayanna at Kon’s Corner

Ayanna at Kon’s Corner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CIUkmERKA4″>Kelis’

Last night I hung out with one of my students and she took me to a Piano Bar in an area of Yokohama called Motomachi Chuukagai. The name of the place was: Kon’s Corner. コンズコーナー I had a wonderful time! I’m not much for reviews so I’ll just say the food was delicious, the vibe was […]

18 March 2009 ~ 19 Comments

Reader’s Choice – Gimme some homework!

Well, I have a spring vacation coming up and I don’t have any plans except to do some writing- and hit up an onsen or hanami (cherry blossom vewing party) or two. So here’s your chance to give Loco some homework. What would you like to read about? If it interest me as well I […]

17 March 2009 ~ 15 Comments

Conversation 3/16/09 – I hate waking up mad, too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyBoLPrjqFw”>this

This conversation took place between myself and my boy EZ yesterday. Actually it was via my blog comment area but I thought it noteworthy enough to make a post out of it. EZ: All right, here’s my amateur translation of Sora’s blog post (currently with no comments). I apologize for any errors: “So I decided […]

17 March 2009 ~ 7 Comments

White Night at a Yokohama Love Hotel – Part 2

White Night at a Yokohama Love Hotel – Part 2

Your room size and amenities will depend mostly on how much you’re willing to spend. I’m pretty utilitarian and frugal to boot so I usually go for the cheapest room, but on certain occasions I am apt to pamper myself and overindulge a little. And I had planned to do so on White Night, but because of […]

15 March 2009 ~ 9 Comments

White Night at a Yokohama Love Hotel pt. 1

White Night at a Yokohama Love Hotel pt. 1

In Japan, Valentine’s day is for the boys.  The girls buy chocolate and what not and give it to the guys. The Japanese have a separate holiday for the return of these Valentines. Its called White Day. I don’t know why it’s called White Day…I’ve heard because chocolate companies were trying to market White Chocolate…I’ve […]

13 March 2009 ~ 43 Comments

おーい、日本人のみなさん、See how beautiful I am…And be ashamed!

おーい、日本人のみなさん、See how beautiful I am…And be ashamed!

おーい、日本人のみなさん、おれら黒人をみると避ける人がいるが、避けられるたんびにすごく悲しくなるんだ。おれらもみんなといっしょなんだ。仲良くやりたいんだよ。 Roughly translated it means something to the effect of:  “Hey, Japanese People! When you see us black people do not avoid us. Every time you do it we get very upset. We are all the same! And we want to have a good relationship with you. My friend, 空, after reading Lighten up Loco, was inspired to write […]

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13 March 2009 ~ 5 Comments

All my Children Part 3

All my Children Part 3

Yet more pics from graduation day… Don’t let their smiley faces fool ya! This is the Girl’s Basketball team and they play to win. They can do anything but dunk. I ended up on the floor (and so did they) a number of times. We played at least once a week…I think I will miss […]

13 March 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Looky, Looky at what Loco found (-:

Looky, Looky at what Loco found (-:

I must have walked past this store 1000 times…it’s next to Vivre Mall in, yes, here it comes, wait for it…Yokohama! And what does Loco in Yokohama sell? Well, you guessed it! Sweets (-: This can’t be a coincidence. I think I’m divining a message in this sudden discovery… Me thinks I’ll pop in there this […]

10 March 2009 ~ 6 Comments

And how could I forget this reason I just LOVE Japan: All My Children!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diiL9bqvalo”>Rapper’s

Tomorrow is graduation day for my seniors. This is the first graduating class I’ve actually known since they started Junior high school 3 years ago. We started about the same time so we’ve gotten pretty damn close. I’m sad to see them go… One of my favorites, J, asked me to write her a good […]

06 March 2009 ~ 51 Comments

Lighten up, Loco

Lighten up, Loco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyBoLPrjqFw]

I’ve been doing some thinking…a lot of thinking, actually. For the most part I’ve focused my blog on Japanese people, culture, customs and idiosyncrasies, and the highs and lows of living among them, as well as the effect of xenophobia on the soul. What I have ignored to a large degree is the issue of other people living here who also have […]