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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.



Japanese Double Eyelid Surgery

What are double eyelids and why do so many Japanese girls want them?

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What Does Gaijin Really Mean?

Are Japanese people being racist by referring to foreigners as gaijin?

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The Honesty and Facade of Honne and Tatemae

What they say and what they mean are not always the same.

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Uchi Soto and Japanese Group Culture

Uchi Soto is the Japanese custom of a clear distinction between in-groups (uchi, 内) and out-groups (soto, 外).

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The Act Of Gift Giving In Japan

Gift giving is a great way to strengthen your personal or professional relationship with each other in Japan.

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Growing Up As A Hafu In Japan

We are not Hāfu, we are double because both cultural and ethnic heritages make us who we are.

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The Curious Japanese Obsession With Blood Types

Are you hot headed? Cool and calm? Your personality might be determined by the type of red stuff flowing through your veins.

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15 Things That Surprised Me About Japan

Your first trip to Japan is always going to be a unique experience. Here's 15 things my friends noticed when they first came here.

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Ryutaro Nonomura: The Japanese Crying Politician

What caused Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura to suddenly lose it at his press conference on misappropriation of funds?

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Why Do The Japanese Love Kawaii Culture?

Why do Japanese people love the kawaii so much?

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Why Can’t Japanese People Speak English?

Despite many years of study, many Japanese students struggle with basic communication in English.

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How to Overcome the Gaijin Complex

The gaijin complex is an interesting social phenomenon unique to Japan. What can Japan do to welcome foreigners and be a bigger part of the global community?

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