22 November 2010 ~ 1 Comment

My Landlord’s Ukiyo-e Treasure pt.2

My Landlord’s Ukiyo-e Treasure pt.2
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More pics (and video) from this amazing event! (If you missed the pics in part 1 here’s a link) Well, that’s about it. It was an amazing experience and I’m sure these pictures do not do it justice. but, I tried…wish i had been prepared to do this and I had the requisite photographic skill.  I [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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20 May 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Rainy Days

Rainy Days

It’s raining in Yokohama today (see pic). And, this morning’s commute reminded me of a post I wrote 2 years ago. Here it is (with a few minor edits): 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 [...]

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06 July 2009 ~ 11 Comments

School Gardens (It’s the little things #1)

School Gardens (It’s the little things #1)

As promised, here is the first installment in my new series: It’s the little things… I attended Jackie Robinson Intermediate School in Brooklyn, a school literally built on what is considered by most older Brooklynites as hallowed ground: the space that formerly held Ebbet’s Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yes, that would be the same [...]

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17 March 2009 ~ 15 Comments

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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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10 March 2009 ~ 34 Comments

Anti-Acts of Retaliation #1: Cock-Blocking Chikan

Anti-Acts of Retaliation #1: Cock-Blocking Chikan

I could feel the awkward pressure against me, his subtle insistence that I move when moving was unnecessary;  ample space awaited him in the other direction I discerned with a glance. If this were NY I would’ve thought he was a pickpocket or nutcase…but this is Yokohama, and the mere fact that he was touching me voluntarily was [...]

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