As I talked about earlier the Captain of Gaijinass, Eric tragically passed away (The medical examiner has still not released a cause of death). Thanks to people like you his family did not fall into more debt as this crowdsourced fundraising effort was able to raise some money to cover the costs of a Japanese funeral, which is very expensive.
I was lucky to have known Eric for years but for those who didn’t but liked his writing and want to get to know him, even more, you should check out his Quora account. If you don’t know, Quora is a forum where you can ask people questions. He was getting quite popular and his answers often revealed a lot about his thought process and personality.
If you want more, he was also experimenting with YouTube. Eric was a very charismatic guy and a lot of this was down to his mannerisms. Obviously, you can’t experience that but you might be able to catch a glimmer of it on his YouTube channel, MrGaijinAss.
Oh wow. I’ve been a Quora member for years — and have been a follower of Eric. And even though he had posted the Gaijinass webpage in his profile, I only recently started browsing and became this site’s member. Shit. A day late and a dollar short.
I recently found Eric from his funny and insightful Quora answers. I wish I’d known him longer. The next few weeks will be spent reading his material here. Such a loss.
I randomly came across his blog about a year ago and loved his posts. I had to Google him tonight to find him again (‘us marine, tokyo, blog’ worked). I found his Quora profile which looked current so when I found this post, I was sad to hear of his passing. I’ll be sadder once I read the posts I’ve missed since I first discovered him. Such an honest view of Japan. RIP.
I don’t know if you guys are in contact with Eric’s family. I’ve been asked by another Quora user to help get a notice put on Eric’s Quora profile that he’s passed on, but I’ve been told that Quora will only do that in response to requests from the family of the deceased.
I don’t know if anything is still needed, but I’m Eric’s brother. Let me know what you need re: Quora.