“I used to get called ‘dark’ or ‘dirty’ and it would bother me a lot. It made me shut myself inside the house, away from people. You see, my father’s Japanese but my mother is Malaysian, so I look this way. Growing up, sometimes random people would say, ‘She’s a foreigner!’ even though I canContinue reading

“When I was young, I spent a lot of time traveling alone and I loved it. Now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown tired of it. From a Western perspective, you hear people say, ‘Traveling alone is good. You discover yourself.’ I totally agree. But it also gets boring and lonely. I realized this whenContinue reading

“I got really sick last summer. I had bronchitis, a lung infection, and stomach flu. The whole ordeal, which lasted four months of anxiety and nonstop coughing, was terrible. They did lots of blood tests on me. They also did ECG tests to make sure I didn’t have heart problems, which is something you don’tContinue reading

Him: “We met at a Christmas party in Taiwan. She was studying Chinese, I was a biochemical science major, and we were members of a friendship and cultural exchange club between Japan and Taiwan. I sat next to her at the party and we became Facebook friends. That’s it. Didn’t speak to each other againContinue reading

“When I tell people I’m Brazilian, they look at me with disbelief. How can someone look Asian and be from Brazil at the same time? But I am. I just happen to have Japanese blood. I’ve been told that I smile all the time, although I’m not always aware of it. Probably because I wasContinue reading

“I’m turning 33 this year. Most of my friends are either married or married with children. I’m kinda hoping this year will be my lucky year. Actually, I met someone online and we’ve been going out. She’s from Argentina. But she’s only here for a year so I better move fast if I wanna popContinue reading

Him: “When I told her I got an offer to work in Japan, she said, ‘You already said yes, didn’t you?’ And I’m like, ‘Umm…yeah.’ That’s how much my wife knows me. We met in college. We took up dentistry, but I work in advertising and she works for the government. She actually had toContinue reading

“He was abandoned by his owners a while back. Right now we’re looking to find him a new family. He’s a little shy because he doesn’t get much human contact, but he’s a good boy. I hope we can find him a new home soon. Otherwise he’ll be put to sleep. That’s why if you’reContinue reading

“This bag has sentimental value to me. My friend from when I was growing up gave it to me. She even made it herself. The seashells have special significance, too. You see, we lost touch and had not seen each other in years since me and my husband moved to Japan from Kenya. I wasContinue reading