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Malaysian man and Japanese woman

The number of international marriages has been increasing these days. According to the Health,Labor and Welfare Ministry’s statistics of movement of population, there were 36030 international marriages in 2003 and this accounted for 4.8% of the total number of marriages. One in every twenty couples is an international marriage and it is becoming more and more common around the world.

Malaysian man and Japanese woman couple

Husband: Chiui Yan
Wife: Narumi Matsumata

Malaysian and Japanese couple

Q:Where did you meet for the first time?

What was the first impression of each other?

As a part-timer, he joined the restaurant where I worked
in the summer of 2001. Then he was not so good at Japanese,
he sometimes made incoherent responses.
While going out to karaoke with our colleagues,
we gradually become friendly.
My Japanese continued improving thank to Narumi.
He knows even what the Japanese don’t know well.

Q: What made you decide to marry?

When I reached 30 years of age, I dared to propose to her.
Shall we marry, Na-chan?
That’s not what you said. You said
“Will you marry me, please?”

Q: How was your parents’ reaction for that?

My mother in Malaysia was so glad.
Actually she will come to Japan to see us soon.

Q: What kind of advantage have you gotten after the international marriage? 

The Chinese have a strong sense of fellowship.
They have ‘compassion’.He is very kind.
He never fail to keep his promises and
he loves and respects me.
Though having so many friends, Na-chan is honest
and works on everything without hesitation.

Q: Any comment for your husband?

He is good at cooking so I’d like him to make fine dishes for me.

Q: Give a comment to your wife, please. 

I have been with her for a long time, and so much happened.
Sometimes she supported me financially,
I appreciate it.Let’s get along together.

They two make a beautiful couple.
I hope that they share a long and happy life together.

Japanese man and Russian woman;

Japanese man and Russian woman

Mr. and Mrs. Wakabayashi

The number of international marriages has been increasing these days. According to the Health,Labor and Welfare Ministry’s statistics of movement of population, there were 36030 international marriages in 2003 and this accounted for 4.8% of the total number of marriages, that is one in every twenty couples is an international marriage and it is becoming more and more common around the world. It’s not “none of my business” issue anymore! There are possibilities that you will have an international marriage!!? What are the image and the reality of international marriage like!?
Q: Where did you meet for the first time? 

A: We met on the website for international exchange in the February of 2006.
Since then, we just kept keeping in touch only through e-mails and chats.
And the first time we actually met was after a year and it was when we went to a trip to Kiplos Island together.

Q: What was the first impression of each other? 

A: Since we had conversation before we met, there are few things that surprised us and even when we talked nothing, we didn’t feel awkward at all.

Q: What made you decide to marry? 

A: We decided because we just thought we wanted to be together. We think the reason for international marriage is the same as for non-international one.

Q: How was your parents’ reaction for that? 

A: Since our way of marriage wasn’t the one for everyone, people around us were worried about it. They said international marriage is hard but we decided to marry in order not to regret.

Mr. and Mrs. Wakabayashi

Q: What kind of advantage have you gotten after the international marriage?

A: This is not “what I got after the marriage” but “before the marriage”, we had a common hobby though we were born in a different country. Since we had liked Hindu and Buddhism before we met, we never had difficulties in finding a topic to talk about.
After we began to live together, we started meditating. Also we are curious about Yoga. To do something together is the best fun thing for both of us.

Q: Any comment for your husband?

A: Let’s keep understanding each other. If we get together, our power gets doubled. And we can get over any hardships together!!

Q: Give a comment to your wife, please.

A: Thank you for waiting for a long time. We will stay together for good!

Thank you so much, Mr. and Mrs. Wakabayashi!!

International Couple Interview

Mr. Abbas Azimi (Iranian)
Mrs. Yoko Azimi (Japanese)
Q: How did you meet for the first time?
A: At the restaurant in Roppongi.

Q: How did you start dating?
Yoko: When we were having a birthday party at the restaurant, he showed up with flowers
in his hand. Then it went so naturally.

Q: What made you decide to marry him?
Yoko: He is such a wonderful person who is very considerate of family. For me, he was the
first to have a serious fight with tears with. These things made me feel that I could spend
all my life with him.

Q: Did you have any difficulties in getting married at that time?
Yoko: Since there was no thing such as internet, we had no idea about how to collect all the information about the procedure for marriage.
International Couple Interview
Q: How did you tell your parents in Japan?
Abbas: Her parents were totally against our marriage since our countries are so distant to each other.
Yoko: But they liked his personality from the beginning.
Abbas: So I spread the map and said, “It’s not Iran that is far!! Japan is far!!” lol.
Although I couldn’t convince them that time, now, we got to
be closer enough to drink together even with not many words.
I know we stick together.

Q: What do you want your children to be like?
Yoko: I want them to be grown up to be women with humanity
and a supple mind.

Q: What do you think about both men and women in Iran?
Yoko: They have such a great humanity, a warm heart, and
politeness in particular.

Q: Any message to your husband?
Yoko: I really hope your health. Everything is going ok with
healthy mind and body! lol.
Thank you for believing in me and for our warmhearted family.

Q: Message to your wife, please.
Abbas: I usually am too shy to say this but I always appreciate these to my wife in my heart. “Thank you for everything you
have done.” And “Thank you so much for giving 3 daughters
to our life”.

Trivia of Iran
More than half of the garbage per capita is made by FRUITS

Multicultural delivery-Meeting-

It’s been a few years since I quit my job at a hospital. When I think back, I have encountered so many deliveries and those experiences made me start working for mothers from foreign countries and their families. I would like to start this column with talking about the reality of multicultural deliveries and reason I started.
The hospital that I worked for as a fresh maternity nurse was really unique for its percentage of foreigners’ deliveries-one third of a monthly delivery.

However, I had a bad impression about taking care of foreign women since it was troublesome as it took me longer time compared with the care of Japanese mothers.

From the characteristics of the district, there were many Asian patients who spoke Chinese and Korean which were the languages unfamiliar to me and I even kept having my stereotype that we wouldn’t be able to understand each other.

However, days made me change to have questions or interests in them. I found that they talked about the things about delivery that I had never thought about, and did the things which I had never seen and could be seen as “crazy”.

But after those talks or actions, they seemed like they were really relieved.
I was shocked.

Honestly, so many kinds of feelings- surprise, unpleasantness, interests all came up to me at the exact same time.

Then I finally realized how indifferent I was and how narrow my view and knowledge was. It took me many years until I got to realize it though.

But thanks to those precious experiences, I ended up going to Australia to study intercultural nursing which definitely made what I am now.
The universal event, delivery is taken differently according to each culture. They differ because the thing each culture thinks is the most important is a bit different.

That means, at the same time, when you have valuable things, other culture also has theirs.

Next topic will be about the multicultural deliveries that I have encountered.

I hope by knowing various kinds of deliveries, it will help you think about multi-culture and will lead you to “symbiosis”.


International Couple

Kentaro Tanada (Husband)
Sunhyon O (Wife)
How we met?
We met at a church for the first time

What was the first impression?
Tanada: When we talked, I got the merry impression from her.
O: I thought he is nice.

What was the reason of getting married?
Tanada: For international students, there are only choices; either going back home in regard of Visa problems or getting a job in Japan. Since she didn’t get any job, we had to decide whether we were going to break up or getting married. It didn’t take me long to get an answer.
O: It’s because he was so much truthful and responsible.

How did your parents react when you told them about the marriage?
Tanada: First, they weren’t very welcome but I tried to get their trust by showing my behavior and honesty rather than appealing by words.
O: His parents weren’t negative about our marriage and didn’t say NO.
Tanada: They told me they would support us if we take the responsibility by ourselves.

What do you think is the good point about international marriage?
Tanada: I would say that I can enjoy both her country’s language and food.
O: It’s nice when we have fights. I don’t have to be too offensive because I have to translate to Japanese in my head once before I talk.
Where did you have your wedding
             reception and party?
Tanada: I went to Korea with my parents but we didn’t do much. I guess nothing special happened here in Japan, either…
O: Hey!! We HAD a celebration with our relatives!! Don’t you remember?
Tanada: Oh right!!!

Do you have anything that you can’t understand about Korean?
Tanada: I think it’s weird that in Korea, they eat the same dish 2 or 3days in a row.
And we have to do a pre-wedding before an official one. Going broke….

What do you think about Japanese?
O: I think they are kind and cry easily!!

What do you think about Korean?
Tanada: They are classic like our people back in Showa period. They must be welcomed by our Japanese parents.

Message to your wife
Don’t be too mad when I correct your Japanese! When I ask you to say again, I mean to listen to your story with my heart. Please understand that.

Message to your husband
I want to express my feeling straight in Korean, so please try to study harder!

One point lesson
The average wage of part time jobs in Korea is 200yen per an hour!!



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Job is a tool. It is not a goal. I am happy that I can meet different people. 

It is important to respect one's country and culture when interacting with someone.

It is important to respect one's country and culture when interacting with someone.

The form of love。

Japanese Ryo Nakajima
Chinese Yi Zhang
The number of international marriage has been rising in recent years. According to the Population Survey Report conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, there were 36,030 international marriages in 2003. This number contributed to 4.8% of the total number of marriage. In other words, 1 out of 20 newly-married couples was an international couple. Perhaps it’ll be something that concerns you as well. Who knows, maybe your marriage might also be an international one! We interviewed an international couple about the reality of international marriage which is filled with dreams and hopes. What are the ideals and the realities?
Q.What are the pros and cons of an international marriage?

Yi: The good thing is that I started my new life in Japan. Although it was a bit scary, it has been eye-opening and interesting. The bad thing is that I miss my relatives and friends who are not here with me.

Ryo: Since we’re in Japan, there’s nothing different to me in particular. The bad thing is that I still can’t communicate with people surrounding her… (I still can’t speak the language yet)

Q:Please tell us how you met each other.

He went to Shanghai on a business trip, and I (the wife) was the interpreter. We met each other at work.

Q.Will you stay in Japan forever?

We’ll live in Shanghai some day in the future.

Q.How did people around you react to it?

Ryo:My parents were just surprised.
Yi:My parents were very much opposed to it.

Q.What was your first impression of each other?

Ryo:“She’s a cute girl, but she’s still a child!” (because she had just graduated from university…)
Yi:“His hair’s so long!”

Q.A message to the husband

I want a cute kid, so let’s work on it.

Q.Why did you decide to get married?

When we were on a trip to Hong Kong, we both wanted to be with each other for longer. At that time, I gave her the engagement ring.

Q.Why did you start going out?

When we were sightseeing in Suzhou, we both felt the importance of each other.

Q.A message to the wife

Let’s stay together forever!

International Marriage

Saintoin Ludovic James
Kaori Suda
Q:How did you get to know each other?

When I (Kaori) was a university student, I went to France to study for a year. James had always been interested in Japanese culture since he was a kid. When he saw me on the train, he started talking to me. I was, of course, interested in French culture, so we became friends because we could learn from each other.

Q:Why did you start going out?

We both enjoyed talking to each other and eating together. We decided to see how things would go if we go beyond friendship, so we started going out.

Q:Why did you decide to get married?

It was because we both had the belief that we could be with each other forever.
Also, part of it was because the question of what to do with James’ pizza also becomes simpler.

Q:What do you do on holidays?

We often dine out on holidays. We also ride a bike to places where we can take a walk.
There are a lot of places in Tokyo that James wants to visit, so we go sightseeing and shopping as well.
When the weather is not so good, we watch a movie.

Q:What’s an ideal family like to you?

I want 2 kids, a boy and a girl. I also want to travel to many countries and places together.

Q:What do you call each other?

It depends on the situation. Usually we call each other “cherie”, a word that French use towards important people such as family and the people they love.
Q:How was your first impression of each other?

James: I thought she was an interesting person who does whatever she likes freely. She told me many things. I had felt that she is someone trustworthy before we got to know each other well.
Kaori: It was amazing how the childish way he talked, his facial expressions, and the content of the conversation could change into a mature one within minutes. It was really cool how he had his own opinions of his lifestyle, politics, and other things as well.

Q:How did people around you react when they heard that you were marrying a foreigner?

James: My family and friends had already known that I was interested in Japan and Japanese people. And because it was my own decision, they didn’t really worry too much and were really happy for me.
Kaori: Everyone around me was against it. They thought I had made an impulsive decision without thinking about it. Also, they thought that I needed to take an international marriage more seriously than a normal marriage. But ever since they saw us together, my family started to like him and felt more comfortable with our marriage.

Q:Do you plan to stay in Japan?

James: We’ll be here for a while. I love Japan and there are a lot of things that I want to see, so I’mhappy tostay here as long as I can go back to visit family and friends once in a while.
Kaori: Since I’m working, I can not leave Japan. One year of studying there was not enough, so I hope I can go to France when I’m still young and work there if there’s a chance.

Q:Lastly, please say a few words to each other.

Kaori: (To James)Please make more effort to study Japanese. Also, you should remember how to separate garbage as soon as possible.
James: (To Kaori)Let’s live in Paris sometime in the future! (Although I don’t know when that’ll be)

Mr and Mrs Hoshino have a dental clinic

Mr Hoshino was originally from Taiwan and came to Japan as an exchange student with
the sponsorship of Taiwan.
He became a dentist in Shinjuku, especially for foreigners living in Japan. He met his
Japanese wife at a church. They are working hard everyday to looking after their patients,
not only physically but mentally as well.
Chin: How did you guys meet?

Mrs.Hoshino: I met him through bible study at a church in Shibuya. I also have the experience of living in a foreign land, America, so I was thinking it will be great if I could become good friends with someone who comes from another country. Soon after we went to a swimming pool and since that day we started going out. There is a teaching in Christianity that everyone is a brother or a sister and we are able to explore who you really are.

C: A Japanese wife is said to be the most idealistic wife in the world. What do you think?

Mr.Hoshino: In Japan, they believe in wives supporting their husbands and we have a same belief in Christianity as well. I think she is doing a great job as a wife. We have a student at our house as a home stay and she is looking after him as one of the family members, just like she does for our daughter and son. She is very loving and I think that is just wonderful.

C: What is the fun of, and the complication of, mix marriage?

Mrs: If there were more mix marriages, the world will be a peaceful place…
I believe that most of these mixed couples overlook the differences of their backgrounds or the way they look. How well they click is the key to their marriage.

I never knew anything about Taiwan and he didn’t know the place I grew up either but for some reason we were drawn to each other.
After we got married both of us have found amazing discoveries about each other.
It is so much fun to find out new things and we learn so many good things from each other.
For example, he cares about his family so much and this is a normal thing in Taiwan.

When I was living in America, my host family took great care of me and that is why
I wanted to become a home stay and help out exchange students who come to Japan.
Also, because we are a mixed couple as well, we can understand and treat them well.
Our children have met so many people as they grew up so I am hoping that they will grow up as people who have a wide perspective of the world.

If you find anyone from overseas who have dental problems please introduce our Hoshino dental clinic in Shinjuku, we will be able to help them not only with their dental problems but therapy as well!
Hoshino Dental Clinic: Booking number 03-3366-0018 We speak Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese and English
1 minute walk from Shinokubo train station, Yamanote line

          Chin Rin Tokyo Gakugei University

Through the interview of Mr and Mrs.Hoshino, it
encouraged me to live life to the fullest.
We experience happiness and bitterness of life as long as we live it.
It is sometimes hard to live life
but if you don’t give up on your hopes or dreams and try the hardest,
your dreams will always come true.
Mr and Mrs Hoshino are deeply in love with each other
and I hope they will have a happy life together forever.

International Marriage 

Caring Japanese husband and Earnest Vietnamese wife
Mr Yoshito Hirashima and maifun-san
The number of international marriages has been increasing these days. According to the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry’s statistics of movement of population, there were 36030 international marriages in 2003 and this accounted for 49% of the total number of marriages. One in every twenty couples is an international marriage and it is becoming more and more common around the world.
Caring Japanese husband and
Earnest Vietnamese wife

Q: How did you meet?
Husband: We met through the Japan Vietnam Friendship Association. I like the way she is earnest and how she does everything to her very best, and that is why I married her.

Q: Would you please tell me if you have anything that you found amusing through experiencing the difference between each other’s cultural backgrounds?

Husband:: Even though there are many mixed couples in Japan now days, Japanese people’s acceptance is still hard for foreigners to get. Another thing I found about Vietnamese is that they value family a lot. They always share a family dinner for any reason. Japanese people are raised to be independent, we are taught to solve our problems by ourselves compared to other Asian countries. We like to have our private space. I feel that Vietnamese women are very emotionally strong. They have this calm atmosphere about them and their respect for their own culture is very high.

Q: What do you think of Japanese traditions and culture? And do you always cook Vietnamese meals at home?

Wife:Japan seems too busy for me. It’s sometimes important to relax and take your time with things. I mostly cook Vietnamese food at home. My husband isn’t fussy about the food he eats so it’s really easy for me to cook. We use lots of vegetables, fruits and also very little oil for Vietnamese food so it’s really healthy.

Q: Was there any change in your opinion about mixed marriage after you got married?
Husband::My husband and I had been living in Asian countries for a long time so we have quite a high tolerance for different cultures but actually getting married and living together is totally a different story. People say “do as the Romans do” but I don’t believe in forcing that belief to each other. It is more important to respect each other’s cultural differences.

Q: Do you have any advice to people who are considering a mixed marriage?
Husband:: There is always a difference between each other because of the difference of cultures but you have to be able to enjoy that difference. You have to have a big heart to accept these differences and also similarities between you and your partner.

Q: What kind of things do you want to improve for foreigners through your job as a Member of the House?
Husband::There will be more foreign residents in Japan and I would like to do anything for creating a better society where foreigners can live comfortably through a planned administration. I think that the international exchange of young people is very important for that as well. I want many people to experience and appreciate the cultural difference with many other countries through the International Exchange Association in Nakano.

Interviewed by Ms Joen Korean student

Interviewed by Ms Joen
It was my first time to interview someone so I was kind of nervous but listening to the stories of a nice couple gave it a very relaxed atmosphere. The biggest impression left on me was when Mr. Hirayama was caring for his wife struggling with Japanese. I was very impressed when he was asking her if she had anything else to say or telling her that it’s okay to speak slowly. I was very touched to see a loving couple who respect and understand each others cultural differences.