“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

“When one of the biggest English conversational schools in Japan went bust in 2007, I suddenly found myself jobless. With no income, I would desperately find former students, go to their house, and do a group lesson for not even so much money. There was even a single mother who asked me to do lessonsContinue reading

“We met through a mutual friend at a party. She’s Japanese and I’m half Japanese, half Filipino. I was born and raised in Japan. But even though I’ve never lived in the Philippines, sometimes I miss the vibe of my Filipino side, and of course the food. My mom’s Filipina so she’d cook dishes fromContinue 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