Saturday, January 30, 2010
Ramen Adventures in the NY Times
That's Matt Gross, known worldwide as the New York Time's Frugal Traveler. A few months back, Matt came to Tokyo to write a cover story about ramen. He hit me up for help navigating the crazy world of Tokyo ramen. Hells yeah I'm gonna help a writer from the NY Times write about ramen.
The article is out online now. Check it here:
And it will be a cover story in the travel section of the January 31st New York Times. Cop that shit!
More photos over at my ramen site, ramenadventures.com:
And, if you somehow found your way to this site by way of the NY Times article, よろしく, welcome! How did you find me? I don't really link from Ramen Adventures to Gaijin Bash. Gaijin Bash is my little corner of the web where I write about stupid shit that I do in Japan. I'll give a little Q&A, sticking with the questions that every Japanese person will ask you when you meet them for the first time.
どこからきた？ What country are you from?
I'm from San Francisco, in America. You have to say San Francisco, so people don't assume you are some sort of jerk (I'm looking at you Candaians, why you hatin on me!). Of course, I hear SF is all about hipster assholes these days, so maybe it's not such a good thing.
日本語が上手ですね！Can you speak Japanese?
More than last year, but not as much as I should if I could study for more than 10 minutes at a time. I can understand about 70% of conversations at bars... ish. I think I'm pretty damn funny, but I can only make stupid oyaji gags in Japanese. Those are like puns, except not funny. Puns are only funny when they are perverted.
納豆を食べる？Can you eat natto?
趣味は何ですか？ What are your hobbies?
Eating ramen, photography, and motorcycle touring.
仕事は何ですか？ What is your job?
I teach at a private girl's High School part time and tutor on the side. Please don't make any inappropriate comments.
日本はどうですか？ How is Japan?
アニメが好き？ Do you like anime?
I guess being pigeon holed as an otaku nerd is better than being pigeon holed as a fat, racist American asshole. But, no, I'm not really into anime specifically.
鉄砲がありますか？Do you have a gun?
No, dammit, stop asking me if I have a gun! Why do you assume every American has some realtionship with guns. Oh, a follow up? Yes... I've seen a gun. Yes... I've shot a gun. Yes... I've been shot at before...
Any more questions? (generic Japanese questions only please)
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