03 April 2013 ~ 5 Comments

Hi! My Name is Loco…The Lost Chapters (and Comments) #3: Should the Tenets of “Western” Morality Apply in Japan?

Hi! My Name is Loco…The <em><strong>Lost</strong></em> Chapters (and Comments) #3: Should the Tenets of “Western” Morality Apply in Japan?

Here’s another jewel from the Hunterfly Road Publishing vault. However this one did make it into the book, “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist”, as part of chapter 3. I’ve included this post in the series mostly because of the comments it generated at the time. It was one of the more [...]

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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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21 October 2011 ~ 13 Comments

Did You Forget What It’s Like To Be Xenophobic?

Did You Forget What It’s Like To Be Xenophobic?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKX4LktBI5o]

Woman walks by a shop window and stops to check herself in her reflection. Amid a few adjustments she notices something in her peripherals. Something startling. She turns her head fully and takes it in. She’s aghast! She turns away quickly and begins to walk faster than before. She glances over her shoulder every 4 [...]

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04 October 2011 ~ 43 Comments

The Cure for the Plague Of Japanese Perverts on the Trains

The Cure for the Plague Of Japanese Perverts on the Trains

I could feel the awkward pressure against me, his bodily 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 [...]

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20 September 2011 ~ 20 Comments

Ignorance is indeed Bliss…and sometimes Profitable!

Ignorance is indeed Bliss…and sometimes Profitable!

A couple of years back there was a  furor over a Japanese McDonald’s ad campaign featuring a white flunky japanophile who can’t manage to get nihongo (spoken or written) through his thick foreign skull…reinforcing this and other negative stereotypes about white foreigners, as if they needed reinforcing… Mr. Debito even compared Mr. James to Stepin [...]

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27 November 2010 ~ 5 Comments

What’s up loco? Question #1: The bond of being the other

You might remember last week I wrote a post called “What’s up, loco?” where I invited readers to ask Loco a question on anything related to Japan or on anything else for that matter. I’ve received several so far and have either responded or told the reader when they could expect a response. Here is the [...]

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29 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am NOT a racist! conclusion pt.1

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am NOT a racist! conclusion pt.1

Click here to read beginning of series I didn’t ask for this power, but I didn’t refuse it, either. Once you get your first taste of this power, if you’re like me, you get a little tipsy. And before you know it you’re FUBAR, just shit-faced with it. This power is illusive however and limited- [...]

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25 October 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! Pt.35

Click here for pt.1 Over the past two years of writing I’ve described in as much detail as I could many of the more trying Japanese behavior patterns.  The ones resulting from the tendency here to ostracize, dehumanize or otherwise “otherize” people that don’t meet the criteria for normal. I’ve focused primarily on the behaviors, my thoughts [...]

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04 April 2010 ~ 49 Comments

Ambassador Extraordinaire

I was reading through my post from a year ago and came across a comment I wrote in response to a reader’s comment.  I had written the post in response to a Japanese reader’s advice as to how I should respond to Japanese people who avoid me out of fear of me. My response was [...]

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19 November 2009 ~ 6 Comments

Waikiki via Japan pt.3

The thing is, since I’ve moved to Japan, in my heart and mind, America has become this oasis of tolerance in a desert of bias, a harbor of  humanity in a stormy sea of chauvinism and xenophobia, and, at the risk of sounding President Bush-whacked, a beacon of freedom and diversity in a dark, putrid, pit of prejudice and [...]

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