Passing Judgement

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. But, its something Ive grown used to. But something that shouldn’t really happen…… Continue reading Passing Judgement

Early exposure to race in Japan

In a country like Japan where racial diversity isn’t as evident as places like America or the United Kingdom, children aren’t exposed to the concept of race, physically for a long time. Many white people are used in advertising here in Japan, so children will see them, but its just a picture. When you’re mixed…… Continue reading Early exposure to race in Japan

English or Japanese

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

Junior High

Public versus Private. In Japan, many children from the age of 10 or 11 will start to attend preparatory school at least once a week until their entrance exams for a private junior high school. This is to ensure their acceptance into high level middle schools. Its a big deal here. Not many parents or…… Continue reading Junior High

Sleepovers

Apparently in Japan, sleepovers are rare. In Japan, parents would think its too much to ask or that their child is over staying their welcome if having a sleepover becomes a possibility. But in many western countries, sleepovers are totally normal and many children have sleepovers often. Sometimes sleepover birthday parties happen, which must be an absolute…… Continue reading Sleepovers

Returnees in Japan

Halfies are people of 2 different races. Returnees are people who have lived outside/ left their country they were originally born in but have now gone back to that country. I hope that makes sense. (I am trying to explain the concept of 帰国子女/Kikokushijo.) Often, both halfies and returnees end up in similar schools. Some…… Continue reading Returnees in Japan

Summer Holidays

I have been blogging now for a week! And I am glad there are people enjoying my posts. I am leaving Japan for the summer, just like many of my halfie friends do. Most people leave Japan for a month at least. Attending an international school means longer holidays and no homework to do, compared…… Continue reading Summer Holidays