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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. Itís 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. Iím 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 weíre all supposed to have short-attention spans these days but I donít and I donít 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, donít you think? This is not your typical journal about the foreignerís experience here. Iíve read most of them and theyíre 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 Iím a New Yorker. I guess growing up in NY has spoiled me. Got some of that snobbery of being a product of the Ďgreatest city on Earth,í and what-not. But, God help me, I do love Japan.
 tags: writing, eating, xenophobia, cultural exchanges
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2014 Conversation #2: What Do You Dislike?  Posted on 04/16/2014
I was sitting at my desk just now, mouthful of lunch, eyes locked on my PC, reading up on my new obsession / guilty pleasure, the TV show “Arrow”, one of the new English teachers taps me on the shoulder. Me (still...
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Back to Brooklyn…by way of Yokohama!  Posted on 04/07/2014
Well, it’s been about two weeks or so since I’ve posted. The reason being, as some of you probably know, Miki and I were in my hometown of Brooklyn from 3/24 through yesterday. The purpose was mainly to reunite with friends, to...
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Miki and Baye Take New York!  Posted on 03/20/2014
So, as it stands, this is the agenda for my New York visit next week: I’ll be arriving on Monday March 24th in the afternoon. That evening and the following evening I currently have no plans except spending some time with my Moms....
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Japanese Dropping F-Bombs on Racists  Posted on 03/18/2014
Having a hard time choosing the best photo I’ve seen today. Shall it be this shot of Yokohama in all its lovely glory? Or, shall it be this gentleman conveying his feelings so eloquently on the racial problems here in Japan? Tough...
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Be Still My Heart: Yokohama Publicly Decries Racism!  Posted on 03/15/2014
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...
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Why I Pray For Japan  Posted on 03/11/2014
I forgot all about 3/11. I came into the office today and during the morning meeting the principal suddenly announces over the loud speaker that we were going to take a moment of silence. I almost asked “for what”? fearing one...
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Those Bloody Afro-Japanese…  Posted on 03/10/2014
They never follow the rules! They’re an unruly lot…dragging people around, making us naturally Afro’d folks look bad (-; Maybe I was the inspiration…I’ve run for the train on many a morning (-; I do miss my...
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 Comments

  • Locohama
    Locohama 14 January 2009 00:14:05

    Summerseay,

    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 (-;

    Loco

  • 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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