15 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Be Still My Heart: Yokohama Publicly Decries Racism!

Be Still My Heart: Yokohama Publicly Decries Racism!

A couple of the most popular questions I get asked by readers are some variation of why I’ve stayed in Japan, and why did I move to Yokohama. Well…those who read my first book know that my first place of residence in Japan was in the now internationally infamous Urawa, a city in Saitama. The following [...]

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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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24 March 2013 ~ 4 Comments

The Jones Ain’t Nothing to F*ck With!

The Jones Ain’t Nothing to F*ck With!

I do something really sadomasochistic to myself. What I do is, I punish myself for not doing what my mind and body knows it ought to do, which is quit smoking. How do I do it you wanna know? What is this sick, twisted S&M thing I do to myself? No whips, no chains, or [...]

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19 March 2013 ~ 10 Comments

Photo Essay #2: Loco ♥s Yokohama

Photo Essay #2: Loco ♥s Yokohama

Manhattan, and the other 3 boroughs of New York City, I could take or leave. But I ♥ Brooklyn… I spent the better part of my life there, and learned a great deal about who I am in that amazing community.   …and more importantly, I loved ME in Brooklyn!   After thirty years of [...]

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18 March 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Photo Essay #1: Japanese Women and Cellphones

Photo Essay #1: Japanese Women and Cellphones

I’ve grown quite passionate with my street photography. It’s one of the few things I look forward to every day in Japan. I tend to shoot the everyday things I see, so my photographs seem, at a glance, to be repetitive. But, unlike people, to me, each photograph is, indeed, a unique and special snowflake. [...]

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06 October 2012 ~ 6 Comments

Where to Get Your Freak – ahem – Whoopee On in Japan

One of my favorite places in Japan is actually right here in lovely scenic Yokohama. Sure, the ramen museum is there, but  after you’ve had your ramen foreplay, what’s on tap? Well, you could take a trip over to Shin-Yokohama, for it just happens to be the best place in Yokohama to get your freak on [...]

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13 April 2012 ~ 16 Comments

Hanami: Celebration of the Cycling and Recycling of Life

Hanami: Celebration of the Cycling and Recycling of Life

Spring is a time of  renewal, rebirth and re-invigoration.  The blossoming of Cherry Blossoms symbolizes this in a most awesome spectacle. All winter you see these trees looking eerily derelict, for in your mind you know what they’re capable of in their fullest glory; how they will look come late March, early April. I’ve never [...]

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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?
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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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13 October 2011 ~ 9 Comments

Which Japanese Dish Is Worth Dying For?

Which Japanese Dish Is Worth Dying For?

One of the things that makes living in Japan less trying is the food. Just knowing that at the end of that xenophobia-plagued train ride is some Osaka-style or even Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki makes it almost worthwhile. However, Japan has one dish that’s simply to die for. Yeah, you guessed it: Ramen!  Some ramen is better than other ramen. [...]

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10 October 2011 ~ 8 Comments

Cops in Yokohama: Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Cops in Yokohama: Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come For You?
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Shit, I forgot to put some money on my Pasmo…and I was in a rush to meet a student, so I didn’t stop when the little swinging doors on the turnstile slammed into my thighs. This was not the first time. Usually I would stop, go back and fill it up. Sometimes I keep it [...]

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