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Yumi Nakata

I grew up in a small town in Japan and moved to Southern California where I graduated with a degree in Sociology. I have stayed connected with Japan through tutoring and writing on my blog. I look forward to connecting with people interested in my culture and language.

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5 Things I Miss About Living in Japan

You never know what you miss until you don't have it anymore.

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Why do Japanese women cover their mouth while laughing?

Have you ever wondered why Japanese women cover their mouth with their hand when they laugh or even smile?

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The Secret to Flawless Japanese Skin Care

The surprising secret that Japanese women use to maintain their flawless skin.

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The Struggle of Working Women in Japan

In Japan many women are forced to choose between marriage or a career.

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Ariana Miyamoto: The Biracial Beauty

Japan has taken an important step to show a new definition of what it means to be Japanese.

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The Significance Of The Cherry Blossoms In Japan

Sakura is not just an unofficial national flower of Japan but it has symbolic significance to people of Japan.

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Avoid Large Fees By Staying in a Guest House

Be prepared to really get to know your neighbors.

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Dating Differences Between America and Japan

In Japan, it's not strange if a woman asks a man out but in America, it seems that women tend to wait for men to ask them out.

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The Japanese Sound Princess

Going to the restroom is a serious business in Japan.

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Dealing with Japan’s High Suicide Rate

This issue is very complex and will not be fixed overnight. With the help of the community and the Japanese government, I believe that it will become easier for sufferers to seek help.

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Why are Japanese people so skinny?

Is there more to skinny Japanese people than just their diet?

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The Beauty And Burden Of Shikata ga nai

Stuff happens. It's how you deal with it that makes your life.

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