Both of my parents are natives of Japan but I have lived most of my life in the United States. My parents worked hard to teach me the Japanese language as I was growing up, and as an adult, I’m coming to realize what an amazing blessing it is to be bilingual. It opens doors of friendship, gives me volunteer and work opportunities, helps me connect with my relatives and ancestors, and helps me be a more open-minded human being.
I am now a mother with children of my own, married to someone who does not speak Japanese. I want my children to be bilingual but I cannot do it on my own. As I have made it a priority to teach my children Japanese, I have found wonderful community and internet resources to help me with this goal. I started this blog as a place to organize the resources I find both for myself and for others who may be in a similar situation. Being a former elementary school teacher and ESL tutor, I have a passion and knack for finding educational materials on the web and in the community.
I hope this blog, Hiragana Mama, will be a place where parents like me can find resources for teaching their children Japanese. I think it will also be a great resource for any student of the Japanese language. I hope it will be a fun place to visit where we can share ideas, encourage each other, and learn something new each day.
2) Jan. 2012 “Ten Things I Love About Raising My Half-Japanese Children” at MomsRising.