Studies at: King’s College London (Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory MA)
Likes: Jane Austen, skiing and drama
Dislikes: Kanji, mustard and being told that she looks twelve
Naomi has spent approximately half her life in each home country. Since she has lived in many places in the UK however, she regards Tokyo, her birthplace, as her childhood home. She attended the British School in Tokyo for an enjoyable seven years. French and Japanese were introduced to her in school aged seven, but regretfully she feels that her French is probably better than her Japanese (mainly because they have 26 letters in their alphabet, not 3000+). Bridging two cultures provides endless colourful moments for Naomi. Although she appreciates being viewed as average in height in Japan, she finds being shown sceptically to the back of the shoe store for the ‘big feet’ section hilarious, and having her ID scrutinised for her age in the UK frustrating. Naomi left Tokyo to go to boarding school in the UK at the age of twelve. She appreciated her bicultural upbringing even more, becoming ‘International Mentor’ for Japanese students, coming to ‘International Days’ dressed in kimonos and forming a lifelong friendship with her Japanese sensei. Drawn to St Anne’s College for her undergraduate degree at Oxford by the eclectic architecture of Victorian bricks and concrete blocks, (true to her degree subject) she pretentiously ponders upon how these buildings are symbolic for her life experiences to date.