train accidents

On Wednesday, the bus took double the length of time it would usually take to get me to school. There wasn’t an accident on the bus. It was the train. The lights had gone out on the train and wouldn’t come back on for most of rush hour. This caused thousands of people to walk…… Continue reading train accidents

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

Having a tattoo

In Japan, having a tattoo isn’t great. Tattoos or Irezumi have many negative connotations for Japanese people. In swimming pools and some gyms, people who have tattoos will be asked to cover them up with band-aids or a piece of clothing. In swimming pools, the staff would offer you a rash guard or long swim…… Continue reading Having a tattoo

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


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