13 March 2013 ~ 2 Comments

The NinGendo Game System: Play At Your Own Risk!

The NinGendo Game System: Play At Your Own Risk!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqP3wT5lpa4]

First, a little about how this game was conceived… A while back, in an effort to maintain sanity amidst absurdity, 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, [...]

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12 February 2013 ~ 3 Comments

The Worst Bento Lunch Box Ever!

The Worst Bento Lunch Box Ever!

I forgot to buy lunch today so wound up getting a bento lunch box through the service the school uses. Big mistake. the rice tasted like cold porridge just lumped together. The fish tasted like it had preserved in salt for like a week. And the rest of it…チヨウマズイ。The following conversation took place with one [...]

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10 November 2011 ~ 20 Comments

Yellow People

Yellow People

The following conversation happened at a café in Yokohama Friend: You’re having fruit for dinner?? Me: Yeah, I love fruit… Friend: Do all black people like fruit? Me:  Do, what? What kinda….? I don’t know. I guess so… Do all Yellow People like rice? Friend: Yellow People?  She looked at her skin like it was [...]

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12 October 2011 ~ 32 Comments

How Life in Japan Almost Ruined My Trip To China!

How Life in Japan <em>Almost</em> Ruined My Trip To China!

I wish I had gone to China without having lived in Japan first. Living here almost ruined my trip to China. Almost. Have you ever spoken to a Japanese person about China or Chinese? Have they ever uttered a single positive thing about either, or something that didn’t have a big ass BUT attached to it? [...]

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01 September 2011 ~ 20 Comments

A Man Of Our Time

http://youtu.be/Gu_uD11SIDg

http://youtu.be/Gu_uD11SIDg Watching this video, and reading the comments people have left in response to it, makes me sick. Black men, particularly African American men, have been “losing it” for centuries, and the result has generally been death or incarceration. “Losing it” is tantamount to a surrender, at best, and a suicide attempt, at worst. It’s especially troubling for [...]

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07 July 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Conversation 7/7/2010: Baka nihonjin (Stupid Japanese)

Conversation 7/7/2010: Baka nihonjin (Stupid Japanese)

This conversation took place between Akiyama sensei, Mrs. Betty, and myself this afternoon in the teacher’s office. Prelude: I brought some omiyage (souvenirs) to school today for the kids. I have a bunch of excess shopping bags in my house and this time I used a shopping bag from Abercrombie & Fitch because it was [...]

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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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10 March 2009 ~ 33 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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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 [...]

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06 March 2009 ~ 19 Comments

The Homogeneous versus The Homo Sapiens: Conversation 3/5/09

Student: I read your blog about the empty seat on the train. Is it fiction? I can’t believe it. Me: Can’t believe what? Student: Is it true? Me: Well…I guess it does sound incredible. I’ve gotten used to it, though. Student: You seem tired. Me: Some days are rougher than others Student: I really can’t believe [...]

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