04 June 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Conversation 6/4/10: You ain’t gotta explain shit to me…

Got on the train this morning and found myself standing next to one of my buddies from “the company”. He was listening to his I-Phone and hadn’t noticed me so I nudged him. He didn’t respond. I nudged him a little harder. He pulled his earphones out of his ears and turned on me like he […]

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23 April 2010 ~ 2 Comments

loco in yokohama, the movie: Scene 1- We’re gonna need another chikan!

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    Click here for all English version . . . LOCO IN YOKOHAMA by Loco FIRST DRAFT FADE IN TITLE We’re gonna need another chikan! FADE OUT FADE IN INT. SUBWAY CAR-DAY We move through a crowded subway car, every seat filled, every inch of standing room occupied (though not sardine-like), every face: Asian. This […]

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23 April 2010 ~ 5 Comments

Loco in Yokohama, the movie – Scene 1 (eng): We’re gonna need another chikan!

Loco in Yokohama, the movie – Scene 1 (eng): We’re gonna need another chikan!
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. 日 本語は、ここをクリックしてください。 . . LOCO IN YOKOHAMA by Loco FIRST DRAFT FADE IN TITLE We’re gonna need another chikan! FADE OUT FADE IN INT. SUBWAY CAR-DAY We move through a crowded subway car, every seat filled, every inch of standing room occupied (though not sardine-like), every face: Asian. This crowding is par for the course, judging […]

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12 June 2009 ~ 17 Comments

Anti-Acts of Retaliation #3: Team Chikan

This morning, as I passed through the ticket gate, I could hear the train pulling into the station so I sprinted up the endless staircase taking the steps two at a time. By the time I reached the top the passengers had already boarded and as I rushed towards the nearest door the passengers facing my approach liked to […]

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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 […]

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16 December 2008 ~ 4 Comments

日本人外人さん、分け隔てなく、席につくべし。

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 […]

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18 November 2008 ~ 9 Comments

Me and Japan pt 3: Vexation and Vigilantism

Me and Japan pt 3: Vexation and Vigilantism
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…and once I get vexed, well…what can I say? I’m a New Yorker. I have to represent. If you violate personally you should expect some kind of personal repercussion. That’s a simple maxim, and a universal one, I thought. And even if that maxim doesn’t mean a thing in Japan I’m pretty sure Newton applies […]

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26 October 2008 ~ 5 Comments

How I learned to bow

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I was on the way to work my first week in Japan, when I saw this gorgeous girl giving me the eye. I mean really beautiful. In America she wouldn’t need a stick to beat them off, she’d need Chuck Norris. I was reading a Japanese textbook…ok, I’m lying. I was reading a book on […]

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24 October 2008 ~ 4 Comments

…every panda that wouldn’t screw to save its species!

I remember the first time I saw a chikan (subway pervert) performing the dirty deed. I was on the train, standing near the door reading a book, ignoring the stare-less stares…the usual. Then we pull into Akabane station and the train, crowded already, became twice as crowded…also the usual. One girl boarded, and something about […]

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21 October 2008 ~ 7 Comments

The Crush

           I woke up to my chirping cell phone alarm at 6:30 feeling well rested. The crows were cawing, the bluebirds were whistling and Aiko was typing in the next room.              “Ohayou,” I groaned, feeling a slight twinge in my back. I’d played basketball the day before at the gym, and though I don’t look […]

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