Gaijin Chronicles – Introduction
Hello. My name is Azrael. …No, that’s not my real name, of course. My parents didn’t want me to get my ass kicked during grade school. And no, I didn’t take the handle from the Smurfs cat, either.
I am an American who has been living in Japan since 2003. I’m also a tall black guy. In most situations, this isn’t particularly worth mentioning. But in Japan…where the population is 99% Japanese anyway…in a field of sheep, I stick out like Godzilla.
Because of this, I’ve had some…interesting experiences. You may know or remember me as the guy who wrote I Am a Japanese School Teacher/Gaijin Smash. I may or may not be responsible for introducing the concept of kancho to the western world. Believe me, that’s something I’m not proud of. But hopefully, I showed you a side of Japan you never knew about.
Things have changed since my days of fighting off Japanese pre-teens trying to grab my dick and stick their fingers up my ass. …Now it’s Japanese middle-aged men trying to grab my dick and stick their fingers up my ass. No, I’m joking about that. But I don’t teach English anymore. I worked a few jobs which took me closer and closer to becoming to fabled Japanese salaryman. I also noticed my stress level increasing at an alarming rate, so I bailed out of that right quick. Now I work at a job that suits me, that just happens to be here in Japan.
This is my on-going story. I’m not fending off weird Japanese cultural quirks anymore, but I’m not trying to be Japanese either. If you have an interest in the “real” Japan, or just want to follow my life for whatever reason at all…stick around.
Just…not too closely, I don’t have that much space in the closest I call an apartment.
I’ll make updates the best I can, but since I don’t actually have a computer at home (my laptop started dying around 2 months ago) I can’t make too many promises. My personal internet time now comes from borrowed time at work, or trying to use my PlayStation 3’s browser (which sucks) or my iPod Touch. I would love to buy a new computer, but I simply just don’t have the money for one right now. Even the most frugal of systems is out of my budget.
So keep your eye open in the sky for smokescreen updates. Old school, baby.
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