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

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…


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


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 […]

16 December 2008 ~ 4 Comments


Translated it means:  Don’t distinguish between Japanese and foreigners, just sit down like a well-mannered samurai! (It’s kind of a Japanese joke to make light of the serious subject) Something interesting happened today. I discovered a Japanese blogger had linked to my blog post:  An empty seat on a crowded train. What he said I […]

11 December 2008 ~ 10 Comments

Conversation (12/10/08)

Loco: How are you doing today? Private Student: …I’m…I’m chotto, wakannai… Loco: Are you ok? You seem troubled. How was work? Tough day, ne. Otsukaresama desu. PS: No, I was not busy. It was quiet day. Loco: That’s good, ne. PS: Demo, saa…this morning on the train… Loco: Ohhh no! Mata? Another chikan? PS: Oh […]

28 November 2008 ~ 9 Comments

Operation: Feet don’t fail me now…


It has been 10 years since my last rejection letter. I’d written my first and only novel, and once completed, found an agent, went under contract with her, and I was on my way…Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Micheal Crichton, Tom Clancy…make room for loco on that bookshelf, I’d told myself. Then, I got my first rejection […]

28 November 2008 ~ 3 Comments

When it rains we all get wet…

Many Japanese, when walking towards me, have a tendency to (upon noticing me and while at the same time noticing that there is little room or little time to make a run for it) put a hand up to their faces, like one might do if the sun was in one’s eyes. Only, I’m the sun and […]