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Loco in Yokohama

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added on 09/01/2009 by: Locohama
I started this blog to rant and rave about my life in Japan but it has unexpectedly turned into something else. Its become an opportunity to explore my thoughts and feelings about life as an ex-pat in in the land of all that is cute and small. Im a native New Yorker (Brooklynite) and a writer. I have been living here for nearly 5 years and finally I feel like talking about it. And I have a lot to say, so some of the posts may be a little lengthy. I know were all supposed to have short-attention spans these days but I dont and I dont do brevity well. However, I do my very best to keep my posts concise and thorough, real and interesting. Which is more important than brief, dont you think? This is not your typical journal about the foreigners experience here. Ive read most of them and theyre mostly pretty happy-go-lucky written by people who are having the most wonderful experiences of their lives. I am not one of them. Maybe if I came from the countryside or something, but Im a New Yorker. I guess growing up in NY has spoiled me. Got some of that snobbery of being a product of the greatest city on Earth, and what-not. But, God help me, I do love Japan.
 tags: cultural exchanges, eating, writing, xenophobia

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  • Locohama
    Locohama 14 January 2009 00:14:05


    thanks you so much for your kind words (-: I hope I can keep you interested and thanks for taking the time to let me know what you think.
    Yeah, isn't Japan something (-;


  • SummerSeay 13 January 2009 03:51:11

    I have really enjoyed your blog. I think you write really well. I plan on putting your blog on my favorites list. I'm living in Tokyo with my husband who works here. I love Japan, especially Tokyo. I really enjoyed reading about your experiences. They are very different than mine since we are generations and a gender apart. Thanks for the diversion. I will be looking forward to reading more.

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