Processed with VSCO with c1 presetHi! 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

(Source: Merriam-Webster)

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

7 thoughts on “Welcome/ようこそ”

  1. It’s interesting how the world is changing. In future it will be full of “aliens’ or “refugees” – both lables which society translates to ‘people who’s DNA is NOT this country’ — I hope for the next-next generation the world will be a rainbow mix of cultures were their is mutual understanding thanks to bloggers like us [and I’m sure in Japan instead of ‘halfs’ their will be a new word, with nicer connotation hopefully (as calling people ‘quaters’ ‘thirds’ or even ‘8 bun no 1’ in future might be troublesome)

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  2. Hello! Interesting blog. I was born and raised in Japan so my perspectives are probably so different from you guys. Thank you for sharing! – I’m a blogger from Japan. I’m a Japanese girl living in japan and writing about Japanese culture and my thoughts about life here as well. It’s nice to see people who have something common (that is, Japan!!) if you are interested, check out my blog too as you might be interested :) nice to meet you!!


    1. Hi, thank you so much for stopping by and I’m sorry for the late response. Thanks for introducing yourself – it’s great to meet others with different experiences. I’ve had a look at your blog and I think that it’s wonderful – very thoughtfully written and beautiful pictures. I look forward to reading more! It’s so nice to meet you too and thank you for your kind words – I’m glad you like our blog! Look out for an update tomorrow :)

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  3. Hi Naomi
    My name is Helena . I just felt like you ought to know how glad I am to see you continuing with this blog!
    Thank you so much for sharing!! I came to Oxford at the age of 11 and have always found it hard to articulate my thoughts on living under biculturalism! It is such a relief to see people like you talking about their personal cultural experiences openly and truthfully! Please keep writing and take care!


    1. Hi Helena, please forgive my late response – I don’t often check comments on this page and didn’t see this till now! I wanted to reply anyway, even though it’s late, just to say that I was really touched by your comment. Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your own story. I am so glad to hear that my writing is helpful to someone! Being a diaspora kid split between two cultures or more can feel like a lonely experience sometimes and I know exactly what you mean – it can be really reassuring to discover that other people experience similar thoughts. Thanks for your support and I hope you continue to enjoy my blog!


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