Hi! 初めまして！Nice to meet you!
I’m Naomi and welcome to my blog – the home of my ramblings about biculturalism, food, books, and more food. I love food.
I’m half-Japanese and half-British, or as people sometimes say, hafu. Bridging two cultures provides endless colourful moments. Although I appreciate being viewed as average in height in Japan, I find being shown sceptically to the back of the shoe store for the ‘big feet’ section hilarious, and having my ID scrutinised for my age in the UK frustrating. But at the end of the day, I always thought that ‘hafu’ was a silly way of looking at it since I have access to two cultures, not one. My experiences of this doubleness have certainly been enriching, but also double-edged. Sometimes all the juggling, bridging and discovering of identities can lead to feelings of in-between-ness or not-belonging. This space is a therapeutic way for me to process that, and I hope that maybe it’ll provide interesting reading material for you. Perhaps you even have similar thoughts about yourself, whatever your background is.
I recently learnt a beautiful, new word:
noun | WOOL-gath-uh-ring
indulgence in idle daydreaming
So, now that you’ve stumbled upon this small space in the inter-web, please spend some time here reading, meandering, pondering, musing, and woolgathering…
I hope you enjoy! またね！
Naomi | 直美