My name is Sachiko Ishikawa and I shall be your entertainer!
But first of all, an introduction.
◆Who is this person?
I am 26-year-old young woman, half-Japanese and half-German, born in Singapore and raised in Spain. I speak English, Spanish, Catalan (rumor has it) and some Japanese (well, I've got the N1 certificate, but sadly that proves nothing). I do make tons of mistakes in Japanese, and my business e-mails have to be checked one by one (which I imagine annoys my superiors). No, I cannot speak German.
I majored in Translation and Interpreting, worked as a Japanese teacher, an English teacher, a translator, and interpreter, a writer... (while you're at it, please check out my books!) and now I ended up in a Japanese company in Tokyo! And boy, do I have stories to tell about this country!
As a side note, I started my other blog (whose name has changed practically every year, and I can't keep track!) in 2008, and sadly I haven't had time to update it since May.
◆Why is she starting a new one instead of continuing her old one?
The thing is I am mostly stuck at the office, so I thought the best time to update would be whenever I had a couple of minutes without any particular task to attend to. And, in relation to that, my keyboard at the office lacks important letters and characters that Spanish uses, and I'd rather stab myself with a spoon than writing poor Spanish.
◆And what am I even writing about?
Well, that would be... as self-centered as it sounds, about me. But hey, how many bloggers are out there telling their own life stories, right? Plus, I thought it might be fun to explain how it feels to be a half-Japanese, not born nor raised here, living in Tokyo and working in a company. There are many things I have noticed as a "foreigner" that I just need to share with the rest of the world.
With any luck, anything I write might help someone else in the future. Or at least provide you with some laughter ('cause I'm ridiculous like that).