“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

“I was going through a difficult time in my life last year due to a relationship that had ended. Not only that. Some friends went through divorce, someone had cancer, and one even committed suicide. So it really shook my faith in God. And my friends tell me I’m someone with a strong faith. BecauseContinue 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’ve been vegan since I came to Japan after college. But I’ve been vegetarian for eight years before that. I slowly eased into it by cutting out red meat, then chicken, seafood, and eventually all meat. Although I was still having dairy products and eggs so I was still strictly vegetarian. Then I decided toContinue 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