02 February 2009 ~ 9 Comments

The effect of “Obama” on my life in Yokohama?

I could easily answer “very little” as far as the Japanese are concerned, and end this entry right here and now. But, for the sake of the handful of readers who have been waiting patiently for me to get back to blogging about Kawaiiland, I thank you and I will elaborate. Since the inauguration I have […]

22 January 2009 ~ 6 Comments

Conversation 1/21/09

Conversation 1/21/09

Me: I’m still in shock. Friend back in NY: It’s crazy, right? Me: Is this the feeling white people walk around with their whole lives? Like throughout history? F: I know what you mean. I stood up for the National Anthem the other day. Me: Word? Hand over the heart, and all that? Damn, everything has changed…hasn’t […]

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22 January 2009 ~ 6 Comments

1000 Words…

1000 Words…

I’m STILL in shock!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!! Loco

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20 January 2009 ~ 5 Comments

All hail the Mutt!!!

All hail the Mutt!!!

I just want to take a second…just a brief moment out of my everything…to say, with a heart overflowing with thankfulness that I am American…that my birthright is a country that really is the greatest country in the world, bar none! (my opinion of course) (-: Congratulations President Obama! Michelle and Family. And good luck. You […]

09 January 2009 ~ 23 Comments

And yet MORE things I LOVE about Japan: Service & Safety

And yet MORE things I LOVE about Japan: Service & Safety
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5  & 6 – Service with a gleam and a song / Otherworldly Safe When I first moved to Japan I lived in Musashi Urawa out in Saitama. It’s about 20 minutes from Tokyo on the notorious Saikyo Line.  The Ekimae (the area around the station) has a handful of of shops and restaurants…and as is the norm at […]

07 January 2009 ~ 16 Comments

Some MORE things I just LOVE about Japan: The Food!

Some MORE things I just LOVE about Japan: The Food!

4-Natto’s not-so good- And I could live my entire life without another morsel of Goya touching my palate. But everything else, so far, is delicious! Yes, I came for the adventure and stayed for the food.  I talked about the Japanese obsession with calling everything Japanese to distinguish it. Well, when it comes to food, […]

07 January 2009 ~ 9 Comments

I ALMOST deleted this response…from Tokyojesusfist!

Tokyojesusfist responded to my post, Retaliation Day, with the following remarks: “She’s not a child so she should be held responsible for her acts and deeds.” What acts and deeds would those be? Why should she be held “responsible” for avoiding you? She can avoid whomever she wants to and she has no obligation to be […]

04 January 2009 ~ 9 Comments

Some of the things I just LOVE about Japan…

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The number one question I’m asked by Japanese people is why did I come to Japan in the first place. However, when it comes to friends and family, number one is why the hell do I stay here if it’s as bad as I make it out to be.  I guess I do tend to […]

02 January 2009 ~ 15 Comments

Fuji from my window!

Fuji from my window!

I bought a new camera yesterday. A Casio Exilim. 10.1 Mega pixels and a 8gb memory card!!! My previous camera was a classic Sony Cybershot from the late 90s. 2.0. Mega pixels and a memory stick that held 64 mbs of memory. Geez! I remember when that was saying something. You couldn’t tell me nothing […]

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29 December 2008 ~ 40 Comments

Acts of retaliation #2: Joystick

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A while back, in my efforts to maintain my sanity, I’d taken to avoiding looking at Japanese people by walking through the streets of Yokohama with my head down. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but I’m dead-ass serious! I still do it, sometimes. Enter, or sometimes even approach, a space currently occupied by Japanese and the […]