Banana Republic



Tell us about yourself—what do you do?
I work in finance. I’m originally from Japan but I moved to Singapore for work, and I’ve been living here for eight years now.

What do you like most about Singapore?
The people. They’re very appreciative of Japanese culture, and fond of Japan in general, which made it easier for me to assimilate. They’re always wanting to know more about Japan so I find that quite welcoming.

Were there any things that you found hard to adapt to?
The weather. There are no seasons, unlike in Japan where the food and fashion changes along with the seasons.

What do you miss most about Japan?
I’m from Tokyo, and I miss the fashion—it’s something that’s ever-changing. I miss the fast pace of life as well. People think that life in Singapore is fast-paced, but if you go to Japan it’s much more intense. Although I miss it, I’m not sure it’s a good thing; I’m just used to it being a part of my working life. (laughs)

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