Biracial representation

I figured that in western culture especially, you don’t come across too many biracial pop culture icons or role models for young biracial people. When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to have many friends who are also biracial. (Most of my friends are white and asian). In japan it is becoming more…… Continue reading Biracial representation

Surprising things about returnees

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

Where are you really from?

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?

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

Countryside hotels

In Japanese countrysides, there are big hotels. And those hotels are rare but nice. Therefore, many local people would come visit for special occasions or dinners. But some of these hotels host quite extravagant events. Japanese people who live far from the city see a lot of things a bit more exaggerated than they really…… Continue reading Countryside hotels


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

Shopping assistants

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