Raising Mixed Race Children in Japan – ハーフ ≠ Half – Short Poem


Half 50% 5 tenths 1 out of 2 You are not half! When you were born I counted all of your fingers and toes
one by one Two ears one nose I checked and made sure that everything was there On your body… I couldn’t find a borderline separating mum’s half and dad’s half You are a perfect fusion of the two of us, There is nothing lacking in your Japanese 100% Kyoto Dialect You have three nationalities Japanese soul ladies and gentlemen a Yoruba child Complete 100% 10 tenths One You are our everything that’s why you are not HALF

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