2019 Fall Kailie Michalak Temple Japan Temple Semester

What It’s Like to Be Half Japanese Living in Japan

The reason I came to study abroad here in Tokyo is to connect with a part of my personal identity I haven’t had the chance to connect with before. Little did I know that I can’t really be Japanese here in Japan the way I am an American in America. Obviously, the two are entirely different countries that host two entirely different cultures.

Being half Japanese has definitely been a challenge for me here. I’m not sure if this is the typical experience for a half Japanese person living in Japan, but this has been mine thus far. This experience is definitely not what I had expected, and was hard at times, but as a result I have grown and learned so much as an individual. Here I talk about some of my thoughts and experiences of being (an American) half Japanese person living in Tokyo.

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