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.
Are Japanese people being racist by referring to foreigners as gaijin?
What they say and what they mean are not always the same.
Uchi Soto is the Japanese custom of a clear distinction between in-groups (uchi, 内) and out-groups (soto, 外).
Gift giving is a great way to strengthen your personal or professional relationship with each other in Japan.
We are not Hāfu, we are double because both cultural and ethnic heritages make us who we are.
Are you hot headed? Cool and calm? Your personality might be determined by the type of red stuff flowing through your veins.
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.
What caused Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura to suddenly lose it at his press conference on misappropriation of funds?
Despite many years of study, many Japanese students struggle with basic communication in English.
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?