A lot of my returnee friends are fully Japanese or asian. But a lot of them do not look completely asian. The idea I am trying to explain may be a bit confusing but bare with me. One of my returnee friends had lived in Canada for 10 years. She is fully Japanese but the…… Continue reading Surprising things about returnees
This is a question I have been asked too often. I briefly touched on it before but I thought I could write about it in more depth. I was once at a volunteer for disabled children. one of the organisers was a man who had once lived in america for a year or two so…… Continue reading Where are you really from?
If you’re a halfie, when you are in places like airports, most of the time you will surprise staff by being able to speak Japanese. I am often approached by foreign visitors in tourist attractions asking for directions, in english, so I understand why but it just bothers me lot more than it should. My…… Continue reading English or Japanese
I know weathers sounds like a very boring topic but I assure you it isn’t, especially here in Japan. Because Tokyo is built with basically 100% concrete, summer is extremely humid. More than it should be. The heat builds up on the walls of all the buildings around you and all the hot air stays…… Continue reading Weather
Here in Japan, being able to speak english somehow means you are wealthy. This may sound odd but it is true. I was once at a western store that sold speakers. All the employees were Japanese. And my father and I were speaking in english. As soon as we enter the store, a male sales…… Continue reading Shopping assistants
When I sit at a seat on a train, I usually end up sitting alone. Sometimes I catch people staring at me. This also happens to my halfie friends. And especially if I speak Japanese. Its when strangers are scared of you. I am not saying I’m a terrifying person to look at or that…… Continue reading Unfamiliarity
Some halfies are lucky enough to have a choice for university other people may not have. The choice between going overseas or staying in japan. Japanese Universities are great and some like Waseda and Keio have “International” programmes. But for a halfie like myself who has been to schools using only Japanese and schools mainly…… Continue reading University