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
Trains in Japan are a big deal. Approximately 20 million people ride trains in a day. And rush hour in Japan is the extreme of extreme. I used to use the train to get to school and I only had to do this for three years but it was never fun. I had used 2…… Continue reading Trains!
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
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
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
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
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