getting personal

24 November 2013

This is a good enough excuse as any to get a little more personal on the blog, with some fun questions from Marla & Jane, who kindly passed on the Liebster Award to me! (Check them out, they're two of my absolute favourites.) I'm pretty sure I mentioned everyone I could in this post, but you are tagged if you want to do these Qs yourself!

1. What is your favourite part of your heritage?
I am Japanese. There are so many things I love about the culture, but aside from the obvious (like food, traditions, perseverance etc.), I do love and appreciate their take on manners and etiquette. Sometimes I think it's a little much, and a little superficial, but I believe that it comes with good intentions and it's something I find fascinating and also quite telling about human nature.

2. What is your favourite part about where you live right now?
London is wonderful in so many ways. What I love most right now, is that I just think it's the perfect place for my husband and myself at this moment in our lives; young professionals who want to explore and play and be in the buzz of it all. There's always something going on and I love that.

3. How did you meet your best friend?
I have three girls who I consider my best friends. Two of them I met at school when I was 14, and the other I met in college when I was 18-19. They all (plus my sister, another best friend!) were my bridesmaids in the summer - they looked beautiful and were the best 'maids ever.

4. What is your favourite form of social media and why?
I do love Instagram. I don't actually post daily or anything, but I just really enjoy peeking into people's lives through photos.

5. What is your spirit animal and why?
I'm not really sure that exactly a spirit animal is, but if I assume that it's one akin to me and my character, E would probably say a cat. Fiercely independent when I feel like it, needing my "me time", and then the next minute being the most attention seeking creature possible.

6. Who is your number one celebrity crush?
I'll have a George Clooney with a side of Ryan Gosling & Patrick Dempsey.

7. What is something that you are proud of?
I'm proud (and thankful) that I've chosen such quality people to stick around and stay close to me throughout the years.

8. What is your favourite quote?


9. If you can tell your 11 year old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Don't be a sheep. Don't try to be everyone else, because you'll suck at it. You don't need to be tanned and blonde and long legged to be pretty. Oh also, don't wear black eyeliner as eyeshadow. Please take one for the team and don't do that (or any of your other make up disasters if you can help it, but you can do a few because they make for good stories).

10. Name one thing on your Christmas list this year. 
Good health for my family and friends. We had to say goodbye to someone this year, and it was a true reminder that life is fleeting, and that our health is a freedom we can never take for granted. I hope that everyone I love will stay healthy and and safe in the upcoming year (and beyond).

On a more selfish (and cheesy) note, this is the first time ever that I am spending Christmas and New Year with E. This has been on my Christmas list for a long time. I can't wait to spend Christmas with him, and toast to the new year at the stroke of midnight!

11. What is your go-to comfort food?
Tonkotsu ramen noodles. So damn good.

12. Who is your role model?
This is a toughie, because it's really a combination of people - pretty much all the closest people in my life. I look up to all of them for different reasons. Is this a cop-out answer? Or shall I just say Steve Jobs because my family, friends and I are all Apple fans?

13. What was one event in 2013 that was the most memorable to you?
Well, it goes without saying - our wedding. But then there was also our legal wedding, and the day I walked away with my Masters degree. 2013 was a memorable year for all kinds of reasons.

14. Who was your favourite teacher and why?
I moved to England when I was just about to turn 9 years old, and I knew close to zero English. I went straight into a standard British school and I was in a tiny class with the loveliest, kindest, most patient teacher ever. My friends were so nice to me too, but the teacher was just incredible and I honestly wish I could find her and get in touch with her again! Thanks to her and the very sweet classmates, I became fluent in English in about 2 years.

15. What are three words that best describe you. 
Passionate, curious & loyal.

16. Vampires or Zombies?
Vampires. I don't cope with blood well, but brains and stuff is even worse.


  1. i love reading these kinds of posts- great questions AND answers! wishing you and E a merry christmas together! x

    1. thanks Anglea! i like them too, ever the nosy one :) x

  2. i love love reading your answers! so nicely written! i hope you and e have a wonderful holidays together. must be so exciting. my favorite teacher is my second grade teacher. she was the one who i first had when i immigrated to the US when i was 7. she was so patient too and i loved her for many reasons. I became fluent in English in just a year thanks to her and also my lovely classmates. I will never forget her. :) have a wonderful week ahead!!

    1. oh that is such a lovely story - it makes such a huge difference when you're young and in a foreign place to be welcomed so warmly like that. x

  3. Awww I loved getting to know you a bit more Miho! And I love your answer to #9, it's so hard to embrace your uniqueness as a child but I think it's the most important aspect of life to embrace. And congrats on getting your masters degree! I'll be starting my masters degree program in the Spring and am excited/nervous to get it started and over with haha :)

    1. totally agree - it's one of those things you have to grow up a little to realise, but i do know some kids who have always been so sure of themselves and i really admire that. x

  4. It s nice to know u a little bit more. I went back to some posts I didn't read before and like them. And I couldn't not laugh when read both, ur answer about favorite teacher and Jane's comment about favourite teacher too. I m just wondering why I didn't have that great teachers of English language I m completely OCD with;-) x

    1. haha well clearly you managed perfectly fine - your English is beautiful! x

  5. I rarely read posts like these but you write so beautifully and are so interesting to read about that I read all the way to the end :) I am a new follower and I love your writing style.
    N xo

    1. thank you Naomi! yours is such a nice discovery for me too x

  6. your answers resonate with me as I relate to them very much! I particularly love your answer to who your celebrity crush is! I also am a HUGE fan of Instagram. Often, I feel overwhelmed trying to "keep up" with everything but if there's one forum where I feel like I could live in it, it would be IG! =D

    1. haha good taste in men, i like it ;) i know exactly what you mean - i don't use twitter all that much and don't check it as often, but there is something about snapshots of a person's life that i love! x

  7. Though I'm not sure what spirit animal is myself, love your description of cat-like personality!!

  8. Definitely going to go check out Jane's blog now...! And thank you for saying I'm one of your faves, you're one of mine too dear! I loved reading your answers to my questions hehe. You got what a spirit animal is right...and a cat is totally mine too! Also we have identical tastes in celebrity men. I freaking love the three you Christian Bale (only with a beard haha). So manly! You make me wish my heritage was more interesting and also make me wish that I lived in London haha. It sounds exactly like what I want for my life at the moment. And 2013 sounds like it was really amazing for you! I would love to compile a list of things that happened to me this year to remember them...years slip by so fast and so unnoticed. Like I barely remember anything that happened to me in 2011.

  9. Haha, I'm such a creeper on Instagram too :)
    Loved this post, mainly because I just love the way you write, I always come away feeling happy. Keep it up! :) xx


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