I am a 1.5-generation Japanese-American woman, originally from Kailua, Hawaiʻi, and have been living and working in Japan since 2008 as an English instructor. I have a BA in English from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as well as a Certificate in TESOL from Trinity College. I enjoy reading, writing, playing video games, and teaching. I use this blog and my Twitter to talk about what it’s like having depression and anxiety, reading and writing for personal pleasure, teaching English to speakers of other languages, and my quiet suburban life here in Fujisawa, Kanagawa.
About this blog
I once wrote a lot more than I do now, and have recently been trying to break out of my slump of relying solely on 280-char tweets to express myself. This is especially challenging for me because of my sporadic schedule, time-consuming and exhausting train commutes to Tokyo, domestic life, and just generally being pathetic and out of shape. However, I have started blogging daily as of December 29, 2017, and hope to continue my streak for as long as possible. I write on topics that are both personal and relevant to me, though they may not be for everyone else.
Although I talk about my experiences here in Japan, please note that these are my experiences, and if they do not match yours, that your experiences are valid (and I’d love for you to share them with me!) but they do not supersede or invalidate the experiences I have or share here.
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