“Am I afraid of coronavirus? Hell yeah. I make it a point to wear a mask on crowded trains. Am I gonna let that stop me from serving kebab? Hell no. We’re always open for business, come rain or shine. People still gotta eat after all. Although I realize I’ve been working so much sinceContinue reading

“I’m from Lithuania and he’s from Nepal. We met while studying in Japan. We never thought we’d stick around after graduating from university, let alone start a family in our adopted country. It’s kinda weird raising what people these days call ‘third culture kids’. Our eldest attends Japanese school and it can get tricky sometimes.Continue reading

“I was supposed to marry my ex-fiancé. We were together for four years. Then suddenly, three months before the wedding, she tells me she didn’t love me anymore and that she didn’t want to be with me anymore. Everything was arranged—we had the invites, the date was set, everything. It was the lowest point inContinue reading

“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

“She’s nine months old. I had the easiest pregnancy with her. But now I’m having the hardest time with her. Maybe it’s like reverse karma or something. I want her grow up to be assertive because I notice people here talk to you in this roundabout way. Makes me want to say, ‘Just get toContinue reading