06 November 2013 ~ 5 Comments

The Whole Truth about Teaching Half-Japanese Kids

The Whole Truth about Teaching Half-Japanese Kids

As discussed previously, I am still on a cyber-book tour promoting my new book: Loco in Yokohama Next stop (#12) on the tour is a blog that if you’re familiar at all with the Japan Blogosphere you’ve probably visited at one time or another, called Tofugu: If you’re not familiar with this blog, check it [...]

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09 November 2011 ~ 5 Comments

The Soul Is Healed By Being With Children

The Soul Is Healed By Being With Children
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This is part 3 of my series: Five things I’ve learned about myself living in Japan Click here for part 1 and here for part 2 And now Part 3 Most everyday, by the time I get to work, I’m either a case study in apathy, nauseous from the obscenities I’d endured moments earlier or, on a [...]

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17 February 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Live from Yokohama S2/E42: Fuck You, Loco!

Live from Yokohama S2/E42: Fuck You, Loco!

I was wrong about Satou-kun. I thought he was the type that liked to remain in the shadows, be the right hand of da man. Be  that reliable, capable, dependable, loyal soldier,  willing to not only carry out assignments but adept enough to anticipate the needs of his leader before they arise.  I remember I likened him to Bob [...]

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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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04 February 2010 ~ 17 Comments

The trials and tribulations of teaching English in Japan pt.3

“Do you like to make lessons for our classes?” I asked Yoshida-sensei making sure my smile was intact. She flinched and said, “Unnnn chotto….” (well, kinda, sorta…) which I’ve learned is as strong a “no” as you’re gonna get sometimes in Japan. But I treated it like a half-hearted yes. “Well,” I said, keeping upbeat. “I really like making [...]

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01 February 2010 ~ 16 Comments

The trials and tribulations of teaching English in Japan pt.2

When I first started working for this company I was told that they hired teachers for Elementary, Junior High and High Schools and was asked which I preferred. I’d told them anything but an Elementary school was ok. I’d had my fill of  toddlers and pre-teen kids during my tenure at Nova. So, naturally when I received my first [...]

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29 January 2010 ~ 18 Comments

The trials and tribulations of teaching English in Japan pt.1

What can I say? It aint all Manzai and Kawaii kids… Yesterday a woman from the Board of Education came to observe me teach. She’s a nice woman, been at her job for a long time. Not Japanese, I don’t think, but she’s been here so long you can hardly tell she’s not from here. [...]

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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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07 February 2009 ~ 12 Comments

One other thing I just LOVE about Japan: Speaking Nihongo part 2

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…So, with Nanpa eliminated as a motivating force for study I moved  on to the motivation that has given me the lowest level of gratification. Nevertheless, the hope of doing it effectively someday still springs eternal: Retaliation! In English, I have a whole arsenal of expletives at my disposal for use in those situations where [...]

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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 [...]

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