“I proposed to her the day I was diagnosed with leukemia, which is a blood cancer. The doctor in Japan told me to get on the next flight back to America because I would need a genetic match if I needed a transplant. When I tearfully shared the news with her, she said, ‘OK. I’mContinue reading

“I applied for refugee status because my life is in danger in Bangladesh. But I still have to wait for 8 months to a year to get final confirmation. If I get denied then I can always appeal. I fled after receiving death threats for being an atheist. And three of my friends have alreadyContinue reading

“We’ve been best friends and travel buddies since at least five years ago. But she left and I remained. And now we’re having a reunion. I just got a job offer at a consulting firm. I think they hired me because I’m from South Africa, where Japanese businesses are expanding. At least that was myContinue reading

“Something happened which I thought would never happen to me in Japan—get asked if I was Japanese. I was walking down the street, talking to my niece on the phone, when someone approached me and asked that question. Turns out he just wanted directions to where he was going. Maybe he heard me speak bitsContinue reading

“There’s so much conflict in Ghana, where I’m from. Tribal chiefs are fighting for power. It’s dangerous there now. That’s why I fled to safety and applied for refugee status in Japan.” 「私の出身地であるガーナには非常に多くの紛争があります。部族長は権力をめぐって争っています。現在は危険です。だから私は安全に逃げて日本で難民の地位を申請しました。」【翻訳:Google Translate】

“The secret to staying young is making love to your wife everyday. Just look at me. I’m already 55 years old. I have children with my Japanese wife and grandchildren from my two previous marriages in Turkey. I also had a Romanian girlfriend there before. But I’m a reformed man. I’m different now. I justContinue reading

“People are being killed back home in Congo. And it’s because of diamonds and gold. The political situation there is dire. That’s why I came to Japan. I’m here on a 3-year visa. Life here is not so bad, but also not super great as someone from Africa. It’s not easy finding a job. IContinue reading

“Business has slowed down in Bangkok. Even though so many tourists go there, you can easily get a Thai massage anywhere in the city now. There’s so much competition. That’s why I’m here in Japan. Plus I can earn three times as much. So far so good. I just arrived here three days ago. AndContinue reading

“I think my Japanese friends like hanging out with me because they feel free to be who they are when they’re around me. In a way, I know more about them than their friends do. I feel like people don’t normally open up or share their opinion or problems here. But for some reason, theyContinue reading