Ray-chan in Japan
Hi, yes it’s me. Ray or as some of my Japanese friends call me, Ray-chan. Steffi’s good buddy. I’m kind of in disguise. I work for the police so I have to fly under the radar here. I do not want my superiors to find out I’m blogging. This means no photos of me in action or any police stories. Sorry!
Instead, I am going to talk about something Steffi and I share as a passion – Japan. It’s the big bond that brought us together. In fact, Steffi is crazier about Japan than me. I don’t know why, to be honest. I guess it’s in her DNA or something.
Japan is in Steffi’s DNA but it’s in my genes more than hers for sure. My father is Japanese and my mother is American. I was born and raised in Kobe, Japan until I was 17 years old. I was spoiled. I had the best of both worlds. America and Japan, two great countries, two great cultures.
My parents divorced when we – my brother Adam and I – were young, I was 8 and he was 6. My dad was an artist and he went to Tokyo and opened up an art gallery and coffee shop. My mom stayed in Kobe and taught English. My brother and I went to international school in Kobe, the Canadian Academy. When we graduated we head back to the States and went to university. Adam went into computing science and I studied criminology and law.
I was really close to my dad’s family. They live in Osaka which is the city next to Kobe. In the Sasaki family everyone was in the police. My great grandpa joined the Osaka Prefectural Police and did my grandpa. My two uncles are also police officers. My dad was the black sheep. He pursued art, much to the disappointment of the Sasaki police family. He is a true artist, not police material at all. Adam is a total computer whiz so that left only me. Needless to say, the first woman joining the police in the Sasaki family caused quite the stir. My family is really old-fashioned but after they talked it over and realized how much I wanted to carry on the family tradition, well, they caved. Now they think it’s cool one of their own is an officer in the USA. I’ve heard them brag about it to friends and neighbors when I come over for visits. They show me off like I’m some kind of celebrity. Too funny.
I miss Japan. The food, the culture, the people and most of all my friends and family. I try and get over as much as I can but of course it’s not the same as living there. I love Seattle too. My dream is to make enough money so I can spend half my life here and the other half over there.
I’m a big photographer. It’s a hobby for me, a nice stress release. I have tons of pictures of Japan, mostly in the Kansai area (Kobe, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and other towns) but I do a bit of traveling here and there too. I’ll be posting those pictures and talking about cool places to visit and fun things to do in Japan.