“We’re trainees from Cebu, Philippines, under the Technical Intern Training Program. We do plumbing for Japan’s waterworks bureau, who secures water resources and provides a stable supply of clean water for the public. Life is good. But grocery prices and living costs are so high when converted back to pesos. I’ve been here for aContinue reading

“We’ve been friends since elementary school. She’s Japanese (left) and I’m half Japanese, half Filipina (right). My mom’s from the Philippines, dad’s Japanese, and I’ve been coming back and forth here since I was a kid. The Philippine community in Japan is so huge that whenever there’s a festival like here today, everybody comes. NoContinue reading

Twice the Fun, Half the Time

**日本語訳は英文記事の下をご覧ください** “When you’re biracial, you get the best of both worlds. But there are also times when you’re neither here nor there; you don’t exactly belong to either one. I’m both Filipino and Japanese, although I grew up in the Philippines. When I’m in Japan, I’m seen as Filipino—in other words, I’m a ‘foreigner’ here.Continue reading Twice the Fun, Half the Time