About Taro

Name: Taro Konishi-Dukes

Mother: Japanese

Father: British

Studies at: New College, Oxford (Third year Classicist)

Likes: Yakitori, his dog (although this is not mutual) and Greek philosophers

Dislikes: Naomi, Wagamamas and changing his Facebook profile picture


Taro Konishi-Dukes likes most to wander around. He even has a Spotify playlist compiled for this particular activity, called “wandering around”.  He can often be seen, headphoned up, obliviously walking along the streets of Oxford, looking, according to him, pensive and enigmatic but to everyone else rather more like a lost Japanese tourist.

It is in this meandering fashion that he has tried but failed not to conduct his life. Born in south London he attended the local primary school before wandering through secondary education at Harrow School and is currently finding his way through a Classics course at Oxford. The archetypal 三日ぼうず (three day quitter) his passions and interests have tended to surge, flicker and fade from break dancing to knitting to gourmet macaroon making.

But his Japanese heritage has been an interest that has never faded, as denied as he has often felt it has been in his entirely North or South London upbringing. Therefore he has decided to  embark upon this blog alongside his other unwavering interest; and aid his and her exploration of one half of their identity (and also become internet famous in the process).

His meandering habits have not yet been eradicated; but under Naomi’s supervision they are on the mend and so hopefully some articles on this blog will be by him (probably the crap ones).


Taro has spent his life so far living in a state of great irony. His very traditional Japanese name, often featured in fairytales such as Momotaro, ‘doesn’t match his face’, as he is frequently told by curious Japanese people. His mother is Japanese and his father English, and he was born and bred in London. He was sent to Japanese Saturday school as a child, where he practised a bit of Japanese and he talked to his mother in her language at home. At the age of thirteen Taro was shipped off to boarding school where he received very little exposure to his Japanese culture except occasional bonding with a few other Japanese football fans. Tokyo has a soft spot in his heart as a place associated with nostalgia, having spent many a long summer there with his grandparents, Yoyo and Gigi. He chose his College at Oxford University for two reasons: firstly, because of its proximity to Edamame, a Japanese restaurant opposite New College, but he was bitterly disappointed by the food there upon arrival; secondly, because of its ‘ironic name’, since ‘New’ College was founded in 1379. Perhaps he found some affinity there with the irony of his own identity. He is most grateful for being bicultural because, to his mind, it adds legitimate possibilities to his dream of becoming famous in a KPop band.