3. 11 Five Years Later : The guilt that comes from appreciating the chaos of disaster.

3. 11 Five Years Later : The guilt that comes from appreciating the chaos of disaster.

Boxes continued to fall from makeshift shelves above us, first some sheets, then handmade pencil cases, balls of yarn and a decorative lantern made of rice paper which bounced off her glass shelf and then landed on the TV stand.

“Save Buddha! Save Buddha!"

Directly underneath where my grandfather’s image had hung was a diminutive statue of my obachan’s many armed Buddha. His many arms had seemed to be waving at me frantically out of the corner of my eye. Though I had assumed the idol was waving me to safety, apparently they had been panicked gestures for help, so headfirst Buddha dived into my shirt and buckled himself under the safety strap of my sports bra.

Career Day for Third Culture Kids : Speaking on Journalism and Mixed Identity

Career Day for Third Culture Kids : Speaking on Journalism and Mixed Identity

A lot of great questions during our Q&A but the one that stood out for me was a student asking how becoming a journalist affected my life.

I thought about it and told the class that when I first moved to Japan I couldn't speak any Japanese, I was very alienated and isolated at my 'regular' Japanese high school. When I entered Sophia University in Tokyo things did not get better, if anything they got worse. I was surround by 'perfect' bilinguals and developed a severe inferiority complex that really stunted my growth as a Japanese language speaker and as a Japanese citizen. It caused me to severely question my identity and tore apart any self-confidence I had remaining. 'Who am I?' 'Where do I belong?' - the usual late teens and early 20s angst compounding by acute feelings of abandonment and loneliness.

Beatz Blog X DivaGigi - A Tokyo KAGURAZAKA collaboration

Beatz Blog X DivaGigi - A Tokyo KAGURAZAKA collaboration

Tokyo is a huge city - I’m the daughter of a Tokyo local so the first time I visited here I was just 6 months old.  Between now and then if we add up the days, months and years it has been over 15 years in total that I have been in Japan.  And yet despite the decade and a half under my belt the sprawling city has many cultural gems I have yet to explore.  

When J Club TV personality Gigi suggested using Kagurazaka as the backdrop to the DJ Mo Beatz ‘Day in Japan’ episode for his ‘Beatz Blog’ Vlog series I was excited to have the opportunity to explore the area.  

Smushed in between Iidabashi and Ichigaya the ‘Tokyo French quarter’ is one of the few areas where geisha sightings are fairly common place in the nation's capital.  

3 Year Anniversary - Video Journalism

3 Year Anniversary - Video Journalism

It is about to be 3 years since I first started at Reuters as a video journalist.

I had never even picked up a camera before they hired me and now I have filmed in three different countries. My material has been used on national TV programs and online news updates around the world. I have interviewed A-list celebrities, world leaders and the everyday Japanese salaryman.