I was catching up on some MIJ (Married in Japan) posts (my old computer wouldn't open my hotmail account properly) when I came across this... posted by an MIJ member on behalf of Megumi Ishikura, a documentary filmmaker. Her current project is on 'Hafu' children. For those people not familiar with this term 'Hafu' (from the english word 'half') is used to describe children with one Japanese parent and one non-Japanese parent.
"... As many of you know, 1 in 18 marriages in Japan (and 1 in 10 in Tokyo) are international marriages. Even more surprising, 1 in 30 babies born today are born to a family where at least one of the parents is not Japanese. In order to address this growing diversity within Japan we began production of this film earlier this year..." (I for one had no idea statistics were this diverse. I guess that's because down here in the middle of nowhere things aren't so diverse)
There is a sneak preview / fundraiser being held in Tokyo on June 12.
Right - Ryu awakes. Better go get him and have a play. The other two are out crab-hunting with daddy. I have a few questions to ask about gardening (of all bloody things) and long haul travel with three small children. They will be coming soon. It is a bit addictive - now that I have a computer that starts up in seconds not hours.