Mike Omoto

Mike is a Japanese American living in Japan, teaching English as an ALT in the Japanese public school system. He graduated from UCI with a major in psychology and a minor in philosophy, and hopes to spend the better part of the next decade completing a PhD in psychology. In addition to speaking fluent Japanese, he enjoys brevity, pool, and music.

Updated April 2011

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A Japanese American in Japan

First and foremost, a little about myself. I’m one of those “self proclaimed” fourth-generation Japanese Americans, but as it is, I’m culturally more similar to a second. My father was born in the States, but he grew up in postwar Japan, along with a handful of siblings under the guidance of my barely-Japanese-speaking grandmother. My mother is an Issei, a naturalized Japanese-born American, who came over to the States in her twenties.

That being said, I grew up in a house of misoshiru and fish, as well as hamburgers and pizza. Three to four days a week were ...

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