07 May 2013 ~ 14 Comments

New York -VS- Yokohama/Tokyo: A Meditation on Trains

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  Langston Hughes, one of my favorite poets from the Harlem Renaissance, wrote a poem called The Negro Speaks of Rivers. Wanna hear it? Here it goes: I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the [...]

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07 March 2011 ~ 20 Comments

Your Friendly Shinjuku Spider-Man

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Your Friendly Shinjuku Spider-Man

I know, I know, I know…but you guys know how I LOVE Spider-Man, so cut me some slack. So, I go to Shinjuku to get my bi-weekly shave and a haircut (2 bits) and guess who I see doing a pole dance in Shinjuku? That’s right, none other than my childhood hero and role model, the [...]

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22 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! Pt.34

Click here for pt.1 “You’re a writer,” Aiko had said on one of my final hospital visits when she still had enough strength to get around. I just knew she’d beat whatever it was that was ailing her. A belief that held out even up until her last couple of days. If someone had told me that day that I’d be [...]

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26 August 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Brooklyn is America

I like this campaign ad! Makes me homesick and proud at the same time. Good luck Kevin!

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27 July 2010 ~ 20 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.11

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.11

click here for pt 1 New York City is made up of five boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island, and of course Manhattan. When most people (except New Yorkers) picture New York, they picture Manhattan, big city of dreams and what not. When most people say they’ve been to New York, they’ve only been to Manhattan, did [...]

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15 June 2010 ~ 12 Comments

Conversation 6/14/10: Autumn in New York

This conversation took place between me and a student last night in a cafe in Yokohama: Student: So, I have some news. Me: What is it? Student: My company is sending me to New York at the end of August! Me: Really? That’s great news! Student: Is it? Me: Well, yeah. Aren’t you excited? Student: [...]

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05 May 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Loco in Yokohama, the movie: Scene 4: It’s fucking genius!

Loco in Yokohama, the movie: Scene 4: It’s fucking genius!
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FADE IN  INT. TOMOMI AND JUNICHIRO’S APARTMENT – NIGHT  We see a closeup of the same screen shot we faded out from: Can you be more Japanese? Loco’s latest post. We can hear a male voice reading the post aloud and laughing.  We pull back, to reveal it’s Junichiro reading aloud from Loco’s blog.  JUNICHIRO  (Alternating respectively between a high- pitched [...]

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11 June 2009 ~ 4 Comments

NYC vs Tokyo / Yokohama part 6

NYC vs Tokyo / Yokohama part 6

When you see NY in movies and on TV it always looks the same…you see the same landmarks, same kind of characters, same hectic rhythm and pace. But, in actuality, NY is a remarkable place in that it is constantly being re-designed. It’s enduring and indefatigable and in a perpetual state of flux, with subtle [...]

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10 June 2009 ~ 5 Comments

NYC vs. Tokyo / Yokohama part 5

NYC vs. Tokyo / Yokohama part 5

I’m not done with trains, yet. I once had a girlfriend…A Jersey girl. In NY, at least for me, Jersey and Jersey girls were exotic…and were easy prey for cool-by-virtue-of-Brooklyn- residence-guys like me. She lived in a a little city called Perth Amboy, a sleepy little town on the Northeast corridor of Jersey, just across the Outerbridge Crossing [...]

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08 June 2009 ~ 3 Comments

NYC vs. Tokyo / Yokohama part 4

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まもなく、八番線に各駅停車が参ります。危ないですから黄色い線までおさがりください。 Mamonaku, hachi ban sen ni kakuekiteisya ga mairimasu. Abunai desu kara ki iroi sen made osagari kudasai. Rough Translation: The local train will arrive on track eight shortly . It’s dangerous so please stand behind the yellow line. This is one of the first Japanese phrases I learned upon moving to Japan. Any foreigner living here knows it [...]

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