I am the typical cultural fruit salad of a Tckid–Mother Japanese, Father American, spoke Japanese before I learned English; born in California, went to school in Japan, studied English; moved to States, studied Japanese. Brother born in Japan. Iranian boyfriend. Have lived in the UK for 15 years, in Scotland and Southern England near London. Have two passports – American and British.


Other half is British. Own houses near London, and in Muscat, Oman. Learning Arabic. Love the Middle East. Other half loves the sound of the Muezzin, even though our neighbours (Palestinian!) hate the sound!


I could never just live in one country or one culture. I crave the East–the West is not enough. I love Islamic architecture, the desert, the souks, the sea and mountains and forts of Oman.


We are very fortunate that we both have senior jobs at technology companies that allow us to work from anywhere. And, to top it off, my other half works for a Japanese company. I have come full circle!


My Jordanian neigbour and I both love to bake, and we are always sharing recipes – though not always from our passport countries….

  1. Anonymous says:

    What kind of rare words do you look up?