“I work the night shift at a convenience store. I show up for work at 10 pm then clock out in the morning at 6 am. Because they can’t hire young Japanese people, lately there are more foreigners like myself doing this kind of job in Japan. Not gonna lie, it’s tough. Especially the language.Continue reading

“Japan recently acknowledged the work that I’ve done integrating foreign actors with the entertainment industry by writing a book on acting in Japan and bringing people across the board together. The biggest problem here isn’t someone’s ability to act, it’s their ability to behave. The small cultural things, like what questions to ask or notContinue reading

“I had an amazing childhood. A dope one. Maybe sometimes it was too nice because I didn’t have that many hardships. So when I had to deal with problems later on in life, I thought, ‘What?! This isn’t supposed to happen to me.’ And that’s when I turned to alcohol. I’m originally from Orlando, Florida,Continue reading

“I was a functional alcoholic. I was constantly having alcohol in my system. While I wasn’t getting super smashed drunk every night, I’d usually get a beer after work. Then on the weekends, when I was DJ, I’d get free drinks, or I’d drink with my crew, and I would get obliterated every Thursday tillContinue reading

“Moving to Canada from Taiwan to live with my aunt’s family and attend high school and university was a big moment in my life. And now I find myself at a crossroads once again. After going back to Taiwan and having worked there for two and a half years, I relocated to Japan through anContinue reading

“It was hard for me to marry the two Japans that I saw and experienced before and after coming here. My fascination for Japan came from a young age. I fell in love with the stories as told through books, film, animation and even video games, such as Final Fantasy, Sonic the Hedgehog, and MarioContinue reading

“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