Halfie Hour: Alexandra Luo

Konnichiwa, Thinking Japlish readers. Today I have an exciting gem of a blog post: an interview with another fellow Eurasian and dear friend of mine who is half Chinese, half British. I hope that you enjoy the interview below, when we asked our guest all about her experiences of biculturalism.

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Tokyo Has Lungs

In the largest metropolis in the world, the crowds bustling around you become a blur. Shibuya lies at the heart of this vibrant city. To me, standing in the middle of Hachiko crossing, the path of about one million people per day, I feel as if I’m at home.

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こんにちは! Konnichiwa!

Hi there and welcome to our blog, Thinking Japlish! We’re Taro and Naomi and we’re both half-Japanese, writing about our thoughts and experiences. We think that being half-Japanese is quite a unique thing – a unique identity. In Japan it is sometimes referred to as ‘hafu’ – a rather alienating phrase. But we have decided to embrace it. Japan is a particularly fascinating country and it is constantly in the news in the West for being ‘different’ and more often than not, ‘bizarre’. However, as both outsiders and from having insider experience of our cultural heritage, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to see Japan through two sets of glasses, appreciating it in different ways.

We’re both studying at the University of Oxford in the UK; Taro is studying Classics and Naomi is studying English Literature. You can find out more about us here!

Our blog will be a record of our thoughts about Japanese culture, and our ‘Japlish’ way of thinking. We will also be posting restaurant reviews for Japanese restaurants that we find and enjoy.

We hope that you check back to see what we’re writing about!

See you again soon,


Taro and Naomi