Yams? No. Sweet Potatoes, Bitch!

If you find this blog title offensive that is because it was meant to be. Just as Dave Chappelle used an audio byte of Donnell Rawlins screaming “I’m rich, bitch” I want to make a proclamation about a different subject — one that has perplexed me for some years now. If you are like me then…

Telling Them Apart

While in Fukoka and walking around the city with Fuko, she confided in me that many Koreans looked noticeably alike. She could identify a Korean male mostly by his hair style.  This got me thinking about the observable fashion trends and even noticeable genetic traits that Asians share because I too think I can tell most Asians apart. The following…

Hiroshima

It was a very somber experience — visiting the memorial in Hiroshima. We made our way there via the Shinkansen, bullet train. We also spent our time at Miyajima, which conversely is a lovely destination. Finally, we ended upback in Fukuoka at Goodie’s, but not before having some delicious sushi at a local eatery. Photos…

沖縄県 Part II

While sitting at the bar at Chocolate Milk in Okinawa two gentlemen walked in. They were decked out in tailored suits that put my casual pants and t-shirt to shame. After greeting Hiro, the proprietor, they peered down the bar at me. I was sitting alone. These men must have noticed my dark as a sign that I was…

沖縄県

Dear Brothas & Sistas, Welcome back to That Brotha in Asia’s blog. For those of you who have recently found this I bid you a gHood day and hope you enjoy your stay. Warm regards, That Brotha in Asia PS Curious if I misspelled good? Check out MFBTY. I’m writing you from the confines of…

Candy Showtime

July, 2015 There are these pieces of candy made in Japan that are decorated with words or pictures. These words or pictures are similar to inscriptions. They are not engraved on the candy, but rather as the candy is made the words or pictures are visible and readable from both ends. The point here is…

Shibuya

Haneda to Shibuya — Cool describes my impression of Haneda Airport upon my first visit. Their helpful staff offered and provided excellent service. Smiling and giggling, they helped me get my train ticket and find the lockers. I did not need the extra maps and tourist information pamphlets though. My flight arrived around 2pm and my connecting flight…

Japan Revisited

What a year it’s already been for me! I spent one month in the Philippines during the winter. Luzon and Palawan were great experiences. These days I enjoy snorkeling because of my Philippines trip. Before my visa expired I went to Beijing, China. Expansive best describes Beijing. There were a lot of holidays during the…

Fukuoka: Stamp #4

When I picked up my new passport at the federal building in Westwood, I reveled in what the words ascribed across the accompanying pamphlet meant to me. It read something to the effect ‘a passport is a ticket to the world’. Those words are poignant and I have taken them to be my guiding philosophy…