Same Love

“I was heartbroken and a bit bored of my finance job in London so I decided to do some soul-searching while exploring the world for a couple of months. I found myself in South East Asia then Japan. A week before leaving, I met an Indonesian girl at a bar after she noticed I had a bag with the word ‘Bali’ written on it. We hit it off right away, started going out, and I decided to come back to Japan and find a job here.

“I’m French, she’s Indonesian. Her family’s in Indonesia (some of them in Japan) and mine’s in France. We’re figuring out where to live and what I want to do in terms of work. It’s easy to fall into a routine and keep on going. But my grandmother and mom are getting older and they don’t support my decision to live in Japan. My grandma doesn’t even know why I’m in Japan. My mom knows, but she doesn’t support my personal choices, such as being in a same-sex relationship. But that’s fine, I just do what makes me happy.

Right now, we live together and hope to get married in the future. Of course as a same-sex, binational couple, we have our fair share of difficulties, owing to cultural differences and way of communicating.”

(Anne-Laure coaches professionals and provides corporate training. She also has a photography blog.) _DSC6426.jpg

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