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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

 Latest posts on Loco in Yokohama

On Discussing Race with Baristas at Starbucks in Yokohama  Posted on 03/20/2015
Recently Starbucks has given a directive to its employees to discuss race with customers. If the Starbucks in Yokohama start talking about race with customers, I imagine the convos would go something like this: Me: Chai Latte please....
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A Minstrel Show Ends and a Black faced Beauty Ascends  Posted on 03/18/2015
My latest column for The Japan Times is up! And it’s literally a beauty! Here’s an excerpt: “Editing out the offending portions of the show saved Japan from the PR equivalent of being thrown like raw meat to a pack of...
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Are Blackface Minstrel Shows OK in Japan?  Posted on 02/18/2015
Back in 2000, filmmaker Spike Lee wrote and directed a satirical film, called Bamboozled, about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the fall-out from the show’s surprising...
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On NOT Effing Black Kids’ Minds Up in Japan!  Posted on 01/14/2015
Here’s my latest “Black Eye” post for Japan Times, on the efforts of an NPO in Japan to make a difference in the lives of black teens in the States. Enjoy! First an excerpt: A couple of years back I was approached by one...
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A Posse of Posers and Pussies  Posted on 12/11/2014
In a fucking nutshell! // Post by Cenk Uygur. (click link or pic above to see segment) I would write about this now but I’ve got my hands filled with deadlines. Just wanted to share it. Thanks Cenk. Wasn’t a big fan before but...
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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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