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Japanator Link Love: Loco in Yokohama

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[We continue our "link love," a selection featuring other great websites that share our interest in Japanese culture.]

I found "Loco's" blog early last week and have since read a great deal of his entries. His Loco in Yokohama is a brilliant blog that details the daily life of the writer, a guy from Brooklyn who sees Japan in his own way. His entries are often hilarious, but have deep undertones that speak to Japan's culture, and touch on heavy subjects such as racism and sex. Loco serves blog posts up in miniseries that will keep you clicking and reading, with you coming away feeling educated about both the writer and Japanese culture.

Loco, or Kevin, is a guy who has lived in Japan for a number of years, but approaches his blogs from an atypical angle. He doesn't barf out Japan-loving 'today in Akiba' tourist-y entries. He's more about talking on who he has met, or what he has learned from experience.  Here's a selection from the funny retaliation day #1, where Loco stands up for himself after being shoved on a train:

…Japanese men are a sorry ass site when they get all bumfu*kled. I almost felt sorry for him. He is absolutely terrified when in reality he could probably hold his own if not kick my ass in a fight. I’m twice his age and half as healthy and he probably exercises daily and jogs and plays soccer on the weekends and studied Kendo and shit in school…

Other selections: the newest entry gives a tounge-in-cheek look at racism in Japan, coming from the viewpoint of a black man. It has a surprise ending. Another is more adult, and retells the experience of hand job/Japanese lesson on an airplane. In reading his advice blog Avoid Gaijin, I had to laugh, as many of the locations he mentions are places I regularly seek out when visiting.   One of my favorite entries is a blog on Loco's friends in Japan. All good reads.

Loco, I'd gladly buy you a drink next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Keep on writing.

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