An Interview With Loco The Racist

The one and only Loco in Yokohama.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing another blog hero of mine, Loco in Yokohama. In this interview we talk about everything from his books, to being a foreigner living in Japan to teaching in Japan and more. Loco really went all out on this one; I just hope I didn't question him to death. No matter who you are, I really think you'll be able to get something out of this interview. Read on, comment, ask questions, and share! (Trust me, you'll be glad you did ;) ) About Loco 1. Can Continue Reading …

An Interview with Koichi of Tofugu


1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself I'm just this guy, you know? THE TOFUGU BLOG 2.  When exactly did Tofugu start?  In University I ran out of Japanese classes to take, so I somehow convinced one of the teachers to let me set up an independent study where I wrote a blog in Japanese (about American culture). Sometimes I would write in English about Japanese culture/language, and those articles did way better. Noticing this, I branched off into making Tofugu and after many ups and Continue Reading …

A Japan Guy Email Interview:
Japanese Taiko
featuring Isaku Kageyama

Isaku Kageyama-My new taiko drumming friend

[display_podcast] Okay, so you're probably wondering how I met Isaku. Truth be told, I met Isaku on Twitter, visited his site, and thought "Ths is one of the most intense taiko photos I've ever seen in my life!" I really enjoy watching taiko, though I've never played for real (except for the video game taiko at the Japanese arcades (it's really fun)). When I came to Japan, taiko is one of the arts that I really wanted to see, along with the shamisen. It's one of the things that really Continue Reading …

A Japan Guy Interview:
“Developing Your Talents While Living Abroad”-featuring Robb Johnston

Robby and I at the Daibutsu in Ushiku City, Japan

Today's interview is one that I recorded a while back, but really struggled to get the sound right. So I apologize in advance for any sound issues. I interviewed Robb Johnston of Rockford, Michigan. Robby was a former AEON teacher and co-worker and literally one of the first friends I made when coming to Japan. During my early times in Japan, Robb showed me the ropes: from learning to use my Japanese Rice cooker to drilling me on hiragana and katakana, to being a big part of my Continue Reading …

A Japan Guy Interview: “Life in Japan” Featuring Tony Du (Part 3)


Here is the third and final part of my interview with Tony Du. With any of these videos if you have questions for Tony please feel free to leave them in the comments section of either post. ENJOY! Continue Reading …