“I wasted half my life trying to make other people happy. My family and relatives were totally against me moving to Japan. My stepdad is from the Caribbean and the traditional culture there is you’re not supposed to go against what your parents said. But I didn’t really want to study Spanish or something elseContinue reading

“I was born in Australia to a beautiful Italian and Polish family. My grandfather, Nonno, was my hero. He was the most beautiful man in the world, and spent most of his time growing flowers in his personal garden. He married my Nonna, and had two beautiful daughters: my mother Lily and my aunty Julie.Continue reading

“There are 55 minority groups in China, and I belong to one of them. I’m Uyghur. I’m from Ürümqi, the capital of Xinjiang, which is in Northwestern China. I came to Japan right after the 2011 earthquake. Before that, I was working at a youth hostel when I thought of studying overseas. I wanted toContinue reading

“I’m from Turkey. I came here with my wife to find work because business is more lucrative here. No, my wife isn’t Japanese. She’s also Turkish like me. This place has been around for 12 years. I’m just one of the kitchen staff, but it’s like one big happy family of Turks in this kebabContinue reading

“I work for the Embassy of Botswana in Japan. I came here in 2017. Life here is good. No complaints. The food is great, I eat everything. Only problem is I don’t speak much Japanese and it’s hard to make friends. Irasshaimase is all I know. Good thing I have fellow African friends in Tokyo.Continue reading

“I was born and raised in Luxembourg. It’s a tiny country in Europe, between Belgium, France, and Germany. But my mother’s Japanese so after graduating from university, I decided to move here and work. My first job was at a German car company. I worked in HR as an intern, interviewing other interns. Then IContinue reading

“I will always be a minority in every country I go to. I’m Punjabi but I was born and raised in Birmingham, England. My parents are both from East Africa, grandparents all from India. If I go to India, I’m a Brit. In the UK, I’m British Indian or British Asian. In Japan, I’m aContinue reading