Hey, the name is Loco (not really) and I’m here in Yokohama, Japan (really).kimono me

I’m an aspiring writer, live from NYC  (Brooklyn, where u at?) and doing a bid in Japan -6 years running. Sorry but some of the posts are a little lengthy so if you’re pressed for time or have a short-attention span…

…hell, what was I saying?

Oh yeah… this is not your typical blog about the foreigner’s experience here and no I’m not in my Mom’s basement…anymore (-;

Of course, all comments are welcomed and encouraged. Go ahead, send some  love or tear me a new one. Or you can just leave a rating (see stars below) if you’re shy. It’s all good. Comments keep me motivated and the juices flowing…I try to respond to  everyone. Just don’t get too carried away. I endeavor to post regularly but  might miss a day or two, or seven, every so often…gotta get outta this basement Internet Cafe sometimes so that I have something to write about, you know? (-;

WARNING: Some of the material is explicit (yes I use expletives sometimes gratuitously…you know, for effect…but this ain’t Penthouse Forum…(I don’t do porn, sorry, wrong site) so you should watch your ears cuz sometimes I don’t watch my mouth.

はじめましてよろしくおね願いいたします Hajimemashite yoroshiku onegai itashimasu.

Translation: It’s an honor to make your acquaintance and I’d appreciate it if you showed me some love and kept me in your good graces (or something to that effect)

(-:

Loco

PS: I’ve also written, and am in the process of revising, a novel. It’s TOTALLY unrelated to my experiences in Japan. If you enjoy my writing and have a little free time please check out: Real Gods require Blood. I’ll be posting it here chapter by chapter.


67 Responses to “Welcome to Loco in Yokohama”


  1. 1 Amy
    October 24, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I’m excited, bring it on!🙂

  2. 2 Locohama
    October 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Amy! Thanks for the reply!
    Well, that’s the plan! Stay excited and keep coming. I’ll try not to let you down
    (-:

  3. 3 Zen
    October 27, 2008 at 6:19 am

    just found your blog, bring it!

    I’m passing the word.

  4. 4 Locohama
    October 27, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Thanks Zen, consider it brung (-:

  5. 5 ItAintEazy
    October 27, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Welp, since Az-sensei has become a married salaryman with no time to post, It’ll be nice to see the views of another kokujin.

  6. October 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Loco! I have been a fan of your writing ever since 2003 when you informed me that there was such a thing as a weblog. Rock on!!! Stay LOCO!
    S

  7. 7 Locohama
    October 27, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Glad you could make it! Cool Moniker (Itainteazy)

  8. 8 ItAintEazy
    October 28, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Oh yeah, I messed up the embed it in the name (http://www.gaijinsmash.net) It’s a dude by the name of Jeff Windham, who was a ALT like you (I know, assistant my ass), but got stuck in the boonies around Osaka. I guarantee you that if every single entry made me roll on the floor gasping for breath, they will just kill you ten times over since you had to actually live through pretty much the same shit. BTW, thanx for the compliment on my moniker!

  9. 9 Locohama
    October 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    thanks again Itainteazy, good looking out!

  10. 10 Raven
    October 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

    So glad I came across your blog. A change from some of the happy-go-lucky ones I’ve been reading. Looking forward to more posts!

  11. 11 Locohama
    October 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Thanks Raven! Glad you’re diggin it. Please keep on coming through. Yep, ain’t nothing happy go lucky this way. But I’ll try to keep my anger and cynicism entertaining…best I can do to maintain up in this piece. Ain’t nothing worse than reading a bunch of complaints from whining-ass gaijin (-:

  12. October 29, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Glad to see you online sharing your experiences in Japan!

    Zurui
    Black Tokyo

  13. 13 Locohama
    October 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks Zurui! Drop in anytime! And tell a friend ne (-;
    loco

  14. November 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    awesome =) i was thinking about teaching in japan too!

  15. November 6, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Thank you for your insite. I will be looking forward to reading your blog. I’m an Black woman living in Alabama USA with a deep if not unnatural love for Japan, even though I’ve never been. Hearing about your experiences is very appreciated. I would like to some day visit and it’s nice to know some of the things I can expect to find.

    Domo arigato!

    Ree

  16. 16 Locohama
    November 7, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Thanks Ree and Ilana for responding (-:
    dou itashimashite (-:
    loco

  17. 17 Andy
    November 13, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Loco,
    Just read “an empty seat…” and “a little about me…”. Keep it going! You
    captured some of my own feelings exactly.

  18. 18 Locohama
    November 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the shout Andy. ganbarimasuyo (-: please keep reading and commenting if you have time

    Loco

  19. 19 Chi
    December 10, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Damn,

    Just read through your blog in one go and what a blast.
    I wonder what they fink bout a Dutch born Chinese, since i’m going to Japan in April for a year to study and for an internship.

    Keep up the work and stay sane.

  20. 20 James
    December 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Hey Loco, been keeping up with your blog ever since I found it on Japundit.com. You’ve made my blog list. I look forward to more post as my interest for Japan grows. I’m diggin the “10 ways NOT to go loco in Yokohama” set. Hope to make it out there next summer! Take care and keep it real like you do!

    God bless!

    • 21 Locohama
      December 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks James! I’m diggin writing it too. It’s cathartic. Shout out any time. And thanks for the add (-:

      Loco

  21. December 13, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Hey Loco – WOW – I just looked at your pictures on how to survive number 7 – amazing – you better watch out or you are going to get me excited about moving to India and seeing the sights outside of the good ole USA. Thanks for sharing!

  22. 23 Locohama
    December 13, 2008 at 8:40 am

    hey reason2:
    you’re welcome. I’m sure India will be awesome too (-:

    Loco

  23. 24 Luke
    December 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Hi loco!
    i just moved to japan a few days ago to stay here for 3 months with my girlfriend who is Japanese.
    She was telling me all about enka and that there was even a black guy who sings it. Neway last night he was on tv and I thought ..wtf ? this is weird. The worlds first black enka singer. So I looked him up on the internet and somehow I ended up at your blog. I read a few of your posts and boy i love it. Your writing is soooo funny/interesting/fresh and at times painful (in a good way). I love japan and really know nothing about it. I learn so much every time I have read something from your blog. It such a treat to learn in detail about something so specific and unknown as what it would be like being a black man living in tokyo. I have only just started reading but I am hooked.
    You seemed to have developled an amazign abilty of reading peoples minds its very hillariose and I can relate to the stuff you say, you seem so good at reading people.
    though I think you think wayyyy to much and you really shouldn’t try to get into peoples head so much. You may be right with what your saying but even so I would prefer to not know…
    What I mean is If you dont know someone is thinking badly of you then you can be more friendly to them. Truth is yes,our life is full of problems and always will be , people will think all kinds of bad things about us and most of it we will never know(thank god) ….If we knew all the shit people(loved ones included) have thought about us and said behind our backs we would probably all hate each other. I think its our job to not fill our minds with the poor things people think of us and actually make an effort to forgive them…truth is like you said they dont actually know you. In a world with more problems each day and shit plasted all over the news and the internet its becoming more important for us to dwell on the good if at least for our own sanity. In most cases the negative stuff we think about is not actually helping us but the problem is we think it is, we think we have to think about these problems so we can solve them or whatever..I dont know it just seems human nature to latch onto the negative and blind ourselves to the positive.
    neway I hope I didnt crap in your ear too much I just feel sorry for you when I read some of this stuff I hope that this problem can dissolve. but most of all thankyou for the great writing!!!!! I will show my friends!
    Luke

    • 25 Locohama
      December 17, 2008 at 9:03 pm

      Hey Luke, Thanks for the thoughtful response…(-:
      The tortured wannabe artist, I’m such a fucking cliche…anyway, I’m a work in progress, thanks for the kind words, and I agree with you: thinking for people, and dwelling on what negativity they may or may not be harboring is indeed not healthy. And I should focus more on positive things (which I have been trying to do. But the negative also makes for interesting writing and from what you said interesting reading so I guess I’m stuck in a hole (MJG knows what I’m talking about) like the caterpillar man. But, I guess I kinda like it down here…torture suits me…I appreciate your sympathy and concern, but please don’t feel sorry for me. And holla anytime! I love thoughtful readers…you guys are the sunshine.

      Loco

  24. 26 Luke
    December 17, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I should have probably made it clear that even though I was talking about thinking positive I don’t feel that you are a negative person nor do I feel this is a negative website. In fact it makes me laugh!! and it seems even when you are talking about negative stuff it is in the spirit of entertaining others and humour …I am not 100% about my motives for my previous comment maybe because today I was feeling a bit down and I was talking more to myself…you know. ne way I have been refreshing 4 times today for a new post!

    • 27 Locohama
      December 17, 2008 at 9:47 pm

      Well, entertainment, in every sense of the word, is my goal so thanks again! And don’t sweat it! In my efforts to achieve balance in my writing I’ve been known to go either direction a little too far so depending on which post you read you might feel I’m decidedly either or.
      Sorry about the delay on the new post. It’s proving to be a challenge and a half…Ironically it’s about patience and the need for it. I’ll get it up asap. Probably tomorrow though so you can refresh then (-:

      Loco

  25. 28 Cryptnotic
    December 18, 2008 at 2:52 am

    It seems most people didn’t get past the discrimination on the train thing. Too bad, that part is pretty boring. If you made it past the boring part you got to the funniest part of this post, the lustful encounter with the “Pinky Girl” and the reminiscing about an encounter with another similar girl. Freaking hilarious.

  26. 29 Luke
    December 20, 2008 at 12:47 am

    I for one got past that bit and read the whole thing..and you’re right the part after is really funny but unlike you I also loved the start.

    • 30 Locohama
      December 21, 2008 at 9:33 am

      Luke-san, thanks again for the shout and the kind words (-:

      Loco

  27. 31 Locohama
    December 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Oh shit, forgot to shout at you Cryptnotic!!! Hope you didn’t take it personally! Glad you enjoyed the portion you enjoyed, and hope you’re digging the rest of the site as well…thanks for giving it to me straight. I can take it! (-:

    Loco desu

  28. 32 Mo(NL)
    December 29, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Hey Loco ,

    First of all, condolence fore your loss…

    Seconde:
    This is really not normal …..’ve read your entire BLOG in 1 week… one word exquisite …. My God … I don’t even have to go to Japan .. you tell stories so clearly that I am sitting next to you… how longer the stories how these more interesting they are. (please keep it Up )

    i love it how you tell it from yours (“as a Black Man’s) perspective ..(I myself am a Somalian guy how life’s in Holland ( i’mfrome the Northe side , my home town used to be hargeisa by the way🙂

    it’s allmost three in the morning and need to go to work soon…( I had to much Red Bull) end my English is Fucked-Up i know.

    But!
    I love youre style the more intelligent way of telling ..instead of the Whole Disney blablabla happening in Japan ……I was always looking fore this kind of blog .At last ….somme on ” Keeping it Real” ….Please (feed my need) give us a nieuwe Update

    A real big Fan frome Holland.

    Mazzel (means later ore Bey in Dutch)

    • 33 Locohama
      December 29, 2008 at 11:30 am

      Mazzel-san (-: High Praise, indeed! Thank you so much for your kind words…
      It gratifies me to hear from readers whether they like it or not. At least I know my writing was significant enough to provoke a response. And don’t worry about the English. I understood you loud and clear! (-: I will indeed endeavor to keep it up!

      Thanks again,

      Loco

  29. December 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    This country can’t stay as closed as it is now, forever. Whether that’s a good thing or not is irrelevant; By forcing them to deal with you and acknowledge their own fears and eventually (hopefully) accept that you, or any other foreigner, is not a demonic creature sent from the underworld to tear apart their lives, you’re actually helping them.

    At least, I like to think so…

    If I’m wrong, at least I can enjoy watching the most pitiful of fuckers squirm.

    • 35 Locohama
      December 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm

      Strong language Billy-san…I like to think so too…
      But, I do have a sadistic streak I need to be mindful of though (-:

      Thanks as always for the shout

      Loco

  30. January 5, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Love the blog!….and I love Japan – went there once for two weeks and would happily have stayed for 2 decades! …..if I was stinking rich….it cost me a fortune!
    Tokyo was incredible and so was Osaka at night from the Skytower
    Sophie x

    • January 5, 2009 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Sophie for the shout! Yeah, Japan is awesome…
      I like that “Stinking rich” part (-; Yes, I want to have the stench of money too LMAO

      Loco

  31. 38 愛万多
    February 11, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I’ve only read #9 about patience, and wow, very interesting, informative, and look very much forward to reading your other posts. Though I don’t like or use profanity, what you have to say definitely holds my attention. I like when people are “on the real” and not just giving me stories of life through “rose colored glasses”, if you know what I mean. So, though I’ve just read this one entry, thinking there’s some great things to come, especially since the above commentors say it is so. (-.^) I really would love to move to Japan and live there for a few years, but alas, don’t think it’ll happen. I should be able to visit for a little while though in the not too too distant future ie: a couple years from now I hope.
    I’ve read some of the other bloggers out there, and I once did run across a womans blog where she was being quite real herself and..dare I say cheeky..ha, was a bit much, but still informtive n strayed from the norm.
    So keep it up..
    Ganbatte ne.

  32. 39 愛万多
    February 11, 2009 at 9:45 am

    GRR!!! Had this semi long comment typed up and I got an error message! So, this is a much shortened version and condensed of what I said before. But here goes it: I’ve only read #9 just now after searching goggle for the phrase “patience is a virtue” in japanese. Ha, what a site to come to. So far, so interesting, and informative, lok foward for sure to reading more. Though I don’t like or use profanity, i’ll “grin and bare it” another expression for ya (-.^) because you keep my attention rapt. I like that you’re on the real and not all happy happy joy joy..like I said only read this intro and one post, so we’ll see as I go, but think i’ll learn a lot and enjoy as I see others obviosuly have and do. Thanks for sharing your experiences, I would love to move to Japan and live there for a few years, but since I sincerely doubt this’ll happen, I hope in the not too to distant future i’ll be able to visit for a little while, like the next couple years. Anyway I enjoy that you don’t do brevity well , for I don’t either, though, I think I need to work on being thorough and alla that.. also! I have read snippets of others’ blogs in Japan, and I found one quote interesting one that was not all happy go lucky and was, dare I say, cheeky..hah, was a little rough for me..she liked to swear more than you, from what I can tell..and few other things, point is, good to see few different sides to the “gaijin” thing. So this ended up being, not shorter than my last attempt, but, oh well.
    Keep it up.
    Gabnatte ne!
    Post Scriptum: love the loco in yoko rhyme there!

  33. April 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Hows the escorts service in Yoko, Loko?

    • April 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

      couldn’t tell you Noz, I’ve never gone the direct pay for play route here. But if i do I’ll let you know the price and if it’s worth it. I hear it’s astronomical though….and probably not worth it

  34. May 14, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Dear Loco様

    I’m sorry to contact you suddenly but I found your expat blog and am contacting you on behalf of our website ModernNipponProject.com

    We are planning to renew our site and make it into a more advanced information platform for Japanese and foreigners coming to or living in Japan, to exchange useful information or find other people with the same experience in their area (since it is especially difficult for foreign residents who do not live in the big cities) and introduce the town they live in, its best spots and foods, post photos and articles.

    We are looking for foreign residents in ALL Japanese prefectures and would love to hear their experiences and share them with others on our new interactive website, and we hope helpful and interesting discussions will come up in the course.

    Maybe you would like to contribute a blog entry you wrote in the past, if the interactive concept is not your type. ANY sort of contribution or interaction would be greatly appreciated and we would be very grateful.
    Our current site is not being updated while we are still in preparations for the brand new interactive information platform, but please do have a look and if you are interested in any of the ideas above, please do let us know and write us back.

    We hope we can gather a lot of people and create cultural interaction on the new Modern Nippon Project site.
    Thanks for reading and hoping to hear from you soon!

    Yours kindly,
    the members of the MNP team
    http://modernnipponproject.com/en/

  35. May 25, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for stopping by TGH!

    Definitely looking forward to reading your lengthy posts!
    LOL @ ‘Happy-go-Lucky’ blogs! Sometimes I too catch myself saying “I love Japan” ,
    but then Japan herself SMACKS me round the face and reminds me that FEELINGS AIN’T ALWAYS MUTUAL!

    PEACE

  36. 44 killerbong
    June 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

    excellent job. i enjoy your posts.

  37. June 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Yo G

    Hit me back with your email address; I only have your cellphone addy.

    Loco in Robohamayomama

  38. 46 justphotoz
    July 1, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Thanks for your comment. I never use that word. Never, but I was so disgusted and aggravated. I was told by a close friend to tone it down, so I used the slang and not the real word. Thanks again for the post.

  39. 47 ferret
    July 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    After spending 2 weeks in Yokohama in 2007 for Worldcon, I want to return to see more of the city.

    Anyway, keep up the good work!

  40. July 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Doin’ some “adjusting” to my Blogroll and found you via 7:10. Ima add you. I just got a School blog so no worries!! Good straight writing/thoughts!! Keep it up!!

  41. 49 Patrick S.
    July 29, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Hi Loco!

    I was just doing some research about Japan and their culture and ran across your site. I enjoy reading about Japanese culture from an American perspective. I also appreciate that you don’t pull any punches.
    By the way, I will be in Yokohama for business for most of August and was wondering if you could recommend anything to see or do? Any advice you have would be helpful!

    Best Regards,

    Patrick

    • July 29, 2009 at 4:13 am

      Hi Patrick, thanks for reading and responding!
      Well, in my blog I mentioned several places I would highly recommend, such as places like Nikko, Kusatsu and Hakone, but mostly for the hot springs, but being that it’s summer you might not enjoy them much. There’s not much in Yokohama to see or do unless you like shopping at stores with overpriced goods. Well, actually if this your first time in Japan everything will seem fascinating and surreal so you might as well take a tour around Yokohama and Tokyo. If you’re looking to take in some night life I recommend Minato Mirai in Yokohama or head to Tokyo and maybe hit Shibuya or Ebisu. I don’t know how old you are or what you’re interested in so it’s hard to make recommendations. Sorry i couldn’t be more helpful. Enjoy your visit and I’m glad you like my blog (-:

  42. 51 Lynn
    July 31, 2009 at 1:25 am

    I will go & living in yokohama. tell me about it

  43. 52 Rawley R.
    September 1, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Hey Loco!
    Quick insight, I’m a 26 y/o Dominican guy from Uptown NY. Been following your blog for a while. Big Fan by the way.
    Anyway, so I thought about you last week. So I was with my girlfriend (She’s Japanese) shopping around in FujiDaimaru in Kyoto. Came across some cool Porter stuff and at this moment I decide to ask my girlfriend “What do you think about this one?” except in Spanish. Now the Porter employee is standing before us and witnessing us speak and after about a minute he says “So, where from?” in English of course. Now, to me this pretty random due to the fact that no one was speaking English.
    This brought me back to your post about your student studying English to go to Paris. Where you were wondering why she wouldn’t study French instead. Funny moment either way.
    By the way, My was response “英語を話せません”

  44. September 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Hey Loco,

    I just came across your blog and was totally hooked when I read it was about a NY writer in Japan. I’m looking forward to reading about the cultural differences and the wonders of Japan

  45. 54 XYD
    September 20, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Keep em coming Loco, still looking at your blogs. The more I read them, the more I want to travel. It makes me wonder how it’ll be like if I ever majored in English to teach in another country.

  46. 55 chelliero
    September 23, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Hey Loco,

    Just found your blog. Your entries are great. I’m hoping to move to Japan next year to teach English. For the past year I’ve been trying to find blogs, websites, anything about blk ppl living and working in Japan. I don’t know why I’m just now finding yours but I’m glad I did. Better late than never, right? Keep up the good work! Can’t wait to read more!

    • September 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Chelliero
      I appreciate the shout…good luck with the move (-;

  47. 57 MikeinKorea
    September 27, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Your blog has inspired me to chronicle my infinitely worse experiences in Korea.

    • September 27, 2009 at 11:49 pm

      Gladto hear it! Thanks for the shout and send me a link once you get going (-:

  48. October 7, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Great yukata!

  49. November 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Great site. I just read your “On the Couch 2″… keep up the great work!

  50. 61 Oli
    November 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Great blog, you’re added to bookmarks Loco!

  51. January 8, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Hajimemashite, Loco. Yoroshiku Onegai Itashimasu to you as well.

  52. January 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    hi! I can’t stop reading your blogs for some reason. It’s very entertaining. Keep em coming…^^

  53. 64 makini
    February 11, 2010 at 10:04 am

    okay I’m excited and love to read so keep writing.

    • February 11, 2010 at 10:23 am

      Hey Makini! Thanks, and I certainly will. And thanks for becoming a fan of Loco in Yokohama on Facebook. (-:

  54. March 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Hello Sir.

    I will be visiting Yokohama, Japan April 9th to the 24th. I have family that live in Japan and staying with them. But of course, they cant be with me the entire time to show me around Yokohama and Tokyo, etc.

    I am half Japanese, but basically a foreigner since i dont speak (much) Japanese. What are some places you recommend me to visit, eat, etc.

    Not touristy stuff, but places you normally would visit. Ive also seen the touristy stuff the last time i came to visit, which was when i was 11. I am now 24, so im ready to PARRRTAY!. But seriously. Any help would be great.

    Thank you. I enjoy reading your blog btw.

  55. July 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Higreat blog. I am a black british (UK born) male 51 years, have a MBA in business management and 7 years lecturing experience. I want to travel to Japan to get lost and to find myself (if you see what I mean). Thought I may be able to get by teaching English?

    I am very nervous about the prospect (but would like to leap!) Can you give me any pointers, advice, please aything helpful even if critical.. will be appreciated

    Kind regards
    Philip


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