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Weathering the Storm on Amami Oshima Island

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An African American with family ties in Amami Oshima shares his experience. I left for Amami Oshima the following day and was greeted with sweltering heat and humidity. However, on the 18th of October the rains began to move in, starting with scattered sprinkles and slight showers.  On the 19th the frequency increased, but still offering me opportunities to get some outside work done.  However, the 20th of October was very uncooperative.  After getting back to the road we were originally on we were soon met by a one lane detour (passage) because of a land slide from the hill along the side of the road.

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The Hafu Project August 2010 Events

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Via the Hafu website: Our events are designed to create opportunities to instigate fruitful discussions on cultural diversity, identity and ‘race’ in a profound and thoughtful way. Typically, our talks are 30-45 minutes long with plenty of images and quotes from interviews, followed by a discussion. Our exhibition can also be booked, usually for a…

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Little Black Sambo Musical at a Daycare Center

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Hello BT’ers! It’s been a while since I posted (due to the birth of my son, Sho (勝),  but I  wanted to share, with the writer’s permission, an email that I received: Dear Black Tokyo, I would like to bring the following matter to your attention. A daycare center named Midori Hoikuen (みどり保育園), or Green…

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Japan Times: Mixed Matches

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“Emmanuel Gbevegnon met his wife, Eriko Hidaka, in 1995 in Niger. Eriko, a native of Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, was there to help with vaccination activities, using her experience as a nurse. Emmanuel, a native of the city of Cotonou in Benin, a country next to Niger with a population of about 9.3 million, was…

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Crystal Kay

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Interracial J-pop icon, Crystal Kay, tours new album, but yearns to make it abroad! [Via The Japan Times – Re:view Music] “There is still some racial thing going on,” claims a mild-mannered Crystal Kay. “Some people can’t accept there are a lot of foreigners out there, even in the industry.” The 23-year-old is the original…

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Loco in Yokohama: Are You African?

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Two very interesting posts from Loco in Yokohama that deal with stereotypes and very common perceptions about race and ethnicity in Japan. Feel free to comment on both Black Tokyo and Loco in Yokohama. In Part 1 of the Loco in Yokohama, “Are You African? post: The other day in class, the Japanese English teacher asked me…

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