Having a conversation in different languages 💬

A lot of things for halfies are very “mixed”. One of those things is languages. For most of the halfies that I know personally, a lot of them are bilingual or even multilingual. I personally, can speak Japanese and english. I live in japan so I use Japanese frequently enough and my parents speak it…… Continue reading Having a conversation in different languages 💬

❤️Valentines Day in Japan❤️

Strangely, in Japan the tradition of men gifting women chocolates is flipped around, women gift men chocolate here. And as women are gifting it, it becomes a huge deal in Japan. In Japanese schools, middle school and high school especially, teenagers will make heart shaped chocolates or cookies and gift them to boys in their…… Continue reading ❤️Valentines Day in Japan❤️

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

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

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