About

Life Where I’m From was created as a way to show kids around the world what life is like for other kids around the world (but of course, you can be any age!) I hope it can bring about some “Aha” moments, some laughter, and broaden your view.

Because the videos are made from the eyes of a child, I know that there’s a lot of you adults who want to know a little bit more. For that reason, I now have an adult version of the channel called Life Where I’m From X.

Right now, it’s mostly my family creating some videos about our life in Japan. We’re now starting to collaborate with wonderful people all around the world to make videos. If you’d like to get involved, please visit our Share Your Video page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve had a lot of questions, so watched the videos below to see the answers to the most common ones.


  1. How did Aiko and Shin learn to speak English? Aiko and Shin were born in Canada and lived there for seven and four years. Aiko had a strong base of English before moving to Japan. Since Shin was four when he moved, his English wasn’t as strong before the move.
  2. How long have you been living in Japan? Our family moved to Japan in 2013 and live in the city of Tokyo. While ginormous, it’s not as busy and filled with concrete as you think (well, it depends where you live in Tokyo).
  3. Where’s the Mom? You may see bits and parts of her body, but she hasn’t shown her face yet. We have so many people ask this, and there’s nothing wrong with her or anything, she’s simply camera shy.
  4. Where’s the Dad? I’m the cameraman (and also the guy who responds to everything and is writing this)!
  5. What camera/equipment do you use? The cameras used are the Sony PXW-X70 and the Sony RX100 MIII. The X70 has a separate shotgun microphone for recording audio, plus the image is quite steady when used handheld, so we mostly use that camera. But sometimes the RX100 is quite useful, as it’s small and better in low light. Update 1: I now have a Sony A7S ii, which is the primary camera that is used. I shoot with Sony 50mm f41.8, 16-35 f4, and 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 lenses. I also own a Manfrotto tripod and a Velbon monopod. Lastly, I edit on a PC using Adobe Premiere. Update 2: Recently picked up a Zhiyun Crane 3-axis gimbal. It’s for stabilizing the camera. Awesome little device!
  6. Are you American? Nope, we’re Canadian.
  7. What’s the ethnic background of the kids? Half Japanese (Mom) / Half Canadian (Dad).
  8. But what’s the real background of the Dad? Dad’s parents are from Guyana and Belize.
  9. So the Dad is Central / South American? No, actually my Dad is Chinese while my Mother is Scottish, English, and Spanish.
  10. So that makes Aiko and Shin…? They are 1/2 Japanese, 1/4 Chinese, 1/8 Scottish, 1/16 English, and 1/16 Spanish.
  11. Does the cameraman speak Japanese? A little, but my 5 year old niece is better.
  12. Why do people take a bath when they’re already clean? Because it’s relaxing.
  13. Gross, I’d never use the same water as someone else. You have to remember that you’re already clean and you’re family.
  14. Gross, I’d never wash my clothes with grey water. The water from the bathtub is relatively clean because there’s no soap in there. When it’s used to wash clothes, it’s only for the wash cycle with detergent. The rinse cycle uses fresh water.
  15. Eat with your mouth closed (comment about Aiko). She was an eight year old kid eating. She now tries to.
  16. Does Aiko prefer to speak Japanese or English? Japanese. Because she’s better at Japanese.
  17. Since the kids know English very well, do their schools place them in Advanced English classes? No, because she hardly has any English classes.
  18. Are Aiko and her brother retaining their English well or are they losing some? Aiko thinks she’s losing her English. Shin’s is definitely getting better (he couldn’t read and write English before, but now he can). He also speaks clearer now.
  19. Since the kids speak Japanese to mommy and English to you, what language do you and mommy speak to each other? Aiko and Shin speak Japanese to Mommy. Mom mostly speaks English to Dad, but sometimes the speak in Japanese to practice. This is tough, because we want the kids to retain English, but I (Dad) need to practice my Japanese more.
  20. Can you have pets in japan, Does Aiko have any pets? Which animal does she like? We used to live in apartment that didn’t allow pets. Parents also have allergies. We now have our own home, but the parents still have allergies. Shin and Aiko LOVE cats and want two of them please (but please, don’t send us any cats). Certain places you can have cats, dogs, birds, fish (small animals).
  21. Ordinarily on a normal basis, at the entrance way of Japanese schools you would have to remove your outdoor shoes and swap on indoor shoes before stepping indoors. Now, what do visitors do if they are visiting the school during a cultural festival? Schools have slippers for guests, but many parents who visit would bring their own. Festivals are mostly outside, so you wouldn’t need special footwear. Aiko also wanted to let you know that there’s Saturday classes once a month and there are slippers for visitors.
  22. What do people do when they get sick? At school there is a nurse office.
  23. Sports, what do you all like to do and what you do not do but love to watch? Swimming, the kids take lessons once a week.  And they eat candy on the bus.
  24. What is/are her (Aiko’s) favourite subject(s) in school? Art class, music, and in summer, swimming class (but the water is cold).
  25. Does she prefer living in Japan, Canada or is there no preference and why? She doesn’t know.
  26. What does Aiko so in her spare time for fun? Watch tv, or play with somebody, watch Youtube…
  27. How old is Aiko? Aiko is born in 2006 and Shin in 2008. You do the math.
  28. Aiko, what are you eating in your YouTube cover? Pineapple (the picture is no longer in the cover).
  29. How long have you been in Japan? We moved to Japan in spring of 2013.
  30. How did you guys decide to move your family to Japan after several years in Canada? We always wanted to move to Japan, but never had the opportunity. When were young and got married, we thought we’d hop back and forth between countries, but with kids and jobs, we realized it wasn’t so easy. After many years in Canada we were able to move to Japan.
  31. How did your mum and dad meet? In Canada a long time ago.
  32. Why were Japanese names chosen for the kids instead of something more Westernized? The kids have Western middle names. Because we were living in Canada at the time the kids were born, we wanted them to keep their Japanese heritage. In Canada, it’s not so weird to have non-Western names, but when the kids are in Japan, having a non-Japanese name would make them stand out more. Also, the Japanese names chosen were ones that wouldn’t be so difficult to pronounce in English (but they still do pronounce it wrong).
  33. Do people (ethnic Japanese) treat you or your children “different”? Aiko thinks no, but sometimes they say gaikokujin, which means foreigner.
  34. Do you guys have citizenship in both Canada and Japan? The kids are both Canadian and Japanese citizens until their 22, at which point, they’re supposed to pick one or the other (Japan doesn’t allow dual citizens). Dad is a Canadian Citizen and a permanent resident of Japan and Mum is a Japanese citizen and a permanent resident of Canada.
  35. Who do you love more? Mommy or Daddy? Both!

71 comments on About

  • Hanna Domjan

    Hi Aiko,
    My name is Hanna (Yukiko) Domjan, nice to talk to you. I am from Australia and we are make some video about life in Australia, Sydney. You can see my video, this is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bdrtJjCOic
    Hopefully you and family could enjoying it and if you don’t mind we can featuring video together too. Thank you. Arigato:)

  • Khloe T

    Hi, my name is Khloe and I live in the US in Virginia. I love your videos and want to visit Japan

  • Blaise Mibeck

    This is a great website ! We love learning about Japan and the world. We live in North Dakota, US and these are photos from a trip we took to Watford City, ND. The Irish music is perfoirmed by group of musicians I play with in Grand Forks, ND.

  • jessica tjoe

    Hi aiko-chan i am indonesian but my ojiisan is from china so that makes my family chinese indonesian. I live in tangerang near the capital of jakarta. I am the 3rd generation(generasi ketiga). Otosan and okasan really work hard so i can continue school in binanusantara international school. I have some tomodachi from korea and altough i am chinese indonesian i stink/suck/hate learning mandarin. I love anime and sewing i am learning japanese because i want to go to japan and learn harajuku fashion. Some of my tomodachi love anime too, and i have a best friend who is in another class and well if that yume ever come true i will see you i speak english too you see selamat.

  • Victoria Earley

    Hello Aiko! My name is Victoria Earley (sounds like’early’), I am 16 years old, and I live in Kentucky, U.S.A. Where I live there isn’t much to do. I hope to visit Japan some day, I have been studying Japanese for about a year and a half now, so I know a little, but I plan on going to college to study or study abroad in Japan! I love your videos! I think you and Shin are so cute, and I think you two are so funny! My favorite video was the one where you made pizza! I love hearing you and Shin speak Japanese! Thank you for making videos, they always keep a smile on my face! Bye!~

  • Kentaro

    Hi my name is kentaro I’m half Japanese and i really love your videos Aiko and shintaro they are funny and cute don’t stop doing this great videos.

    • Kentaro

      By the way how old is Aiko and shintaro and are they half Japanese or what? Please reply me I’m big fan.

      • lifewhereimfrom (author)

        Hi Kentaro,

        I replied on one of your other comments, but the answer for anyone seeing this is that Aiko and Shin are 9 and 7 and they are half Japanese and half Canadian. All the best!

      • Wilchamar Reserve

        Konnichiwa! My name is Wilchamar Reserve. I wonder what it’s like at Universal Studios Japan. Could you make a video about it please?

  • Priscilla Garcia

    Hello Aiko! My name is Priscilla but my friends call me Yuuki. I really love your videos and how it shows the culture of Japan like traditions or some of the basics of living in Japan. My dream is to visit Tokyo, Japan in 2 years from now and learn more about the Japanese culture. Im fascinated by the amount of vending machines there are and the harajuku style. My goal is to minor in Japanese so I can be able to speak the language fluently. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to meet you!

  • Angela

    Hello, I am Angela. I’m from the Philippines. Your videos are really awesome! They’re very informative and fun to watch. Aiko and Shin are wonderful. I wish to at least have a long vacation in Japan someday or maybe even work there…how much does it cost to live a fairly simple life in Tokyo? Like live in those one room apartments (like Umaru-chan and her onii-chan’s place) I heard it’s quite difficult to save money when you’re living in Japan… Arigatou Gozaimasu!

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      How much does it cost to live? I think it really depends on your lifestyle, what area you live in, and family size. I’m sure some people could make it on $1,000USD a month, while people like me (with a family), can’t only cover rent with that amount of money. For the one room apartment, I think you can get some for about $500USD a month, again, depending on where you want it to be. Difficult to save money? It depends on your revenue and expenses. I find it easier to save money here than when I was in Canada, but my expenses are less over here. I find there are a lot of interesting things to do for free in Tokyo. The only costly thing about going out is public transportation. If you go without a car (like we do), even though it may seem expensive to travel by train/bus, it’s still much cheaper than owning a car.

  • Mayako

    Hi, I’m also half Canadian and half Japanese but I’ve only lived in Japan for 3 years. Good to know someone who’s just like me! Nice videos 🙂

  • 박수지

    Hello Aiko, I am from Korea. Even though majority of the Koreans say Japanese people are bad and mean, I think they are stupid. Whenever people living in Korea make a video respecting Japanese culture, they are swearing all the time and I think they are stupid.

  • Hiro

    Hi my name is Hiro, I’m half-Japanese and live in Queenstown, New Zealand. My Mum is Japanese and my Dad is Kiwi. I’m 20 years old, currently working as a builder and live at home with my Mum, Dad and older Sister. My older Brother also lives in town too. I only just stumbled upon your Youtube channel and website but really love it as I enjoy watching videos about peoples’ lives particularly in Japan as I want to live there someday too! I went to Japan for a holiday last year in Spring and loved it! I will definitely go back again, maybe in this coming Summer who knows. I have been studying Japanese by myself seriously since a year and a half ago but am making slow progress! In my spare time, when I can’t be bothered with studying Japanese that is, I like to play guitar. I have a youtube channel that features alot of videos of myself playing guitar so feel free to watch them if you like. I also have a video of my holiday in Japan I mentioned! Anyway, there’s a few things about my life. Feel free to ask me anything! ありがとうございます!

  • Nasir

    Hello Aiko,I am Nasir,From India,Hope you are fine,what about Shin,daddy and mummy?I love your videos,you are presenting things so nicely,I don’t have words to describe it!!! Well, I will be in Japan next month for an internship.I am eagerly waiting to visit your country and experience your culture 🙂

  • Alexis

    Hello, Aiko and family! I’m Alexis, a 21 year old full time college student studying computer science. My picture features me and my cat, Ki’tar, during Christmas (notice you can see some of my Christmas tree behind us.) Anyways, I reside in the United states, I live within the state called New Jersey, I’m very close to two major cities one being New York city! It’s currently very cold here and we have a lot of snow. I wanted to say I love watching your videos, they’re always super funny, cute, and insightful! I really enjoy hearing about everyone’s different cultures from all over, I’m hoping to get my own videos started to show others from all over how we live in the United States- or at least how me and maybe a few friends live. It probably sounds boring, but what is grocery shopping or just shopping in general like in Japan? Do you guys have super markets? I feel like in Japan they aren’t as big as the ones in the U.S. Do you guys buy the same three main ingredients like us too? (bread, milk, eggs) Does Aiko and Shin have favorite snacks they often make their parents buy for them? Aside from candy 😛

  • Anamika

    Hi Aiko and family:)^_^.I’m Anamika,11 yrs old from Philippines.Im half Indian half Filipino.its fun in Aklan because there’s many trees,many mountain,and clean river.Its so fun in clean river,We swim in the clean river,My cousins and I jump and play in the clean river.Im having fun with my family.I love the culture and beautiful places in Philippines.Its fun in Philippines!!!

  • KC

    Hi there baby Aiko! I’m KC from Philippines. I have a japanese step father and 2 siblings both half Japanese and half Pilipino. I really love the culture in Japan. Well I start to like Japan when I watch anime and read manga. I really want to experince to live and to study in Japan. I am also planning to work in Japan. I also love the food in Japan. Like the takoyaki, hiroshima style okonomiyaki, ramen and many more.

    When my mom posted your video on facebook (the video was about you eating breakfast) I start to like you because you’re really adorable and cute and I like the way you speak in english. And by that I start to follow your channel on youtube and watch all of your video!

    And by the way I have Japanese class in my school and I’m so in love with that subject because I learned some Japanese language and to write hiragana! I really enjoyed my Japaneae class.

    Hope you will post kore vid about living in Japan! I learned a lot from your past video. Doumo arigatou guzaimasu!

    • KC

      *more

  • Shelby Cordell

    Hello, my name is Shelby. I live in Texas, United States. Me and my husband want to move to Japan, do you have any advice? I’m going to make a YouTube video of our daily lives if you want to see it. ?

  • Marsella Metta Arvia

    Hi Aiko! Im marsella from indonesia,i really love your videos but i have a request of video for you.Could you please make a video of Aiko morning routine before school ? Oh yeah i forgot,i live in jakarta and im 11 years old.I want to go to Japan soon.Im a big fan of yours and i really want you to be my sister,lol :D.Please make more videos.In indonesia life is really hard,lots of bad peoples here and so much trash around the street.I like japan because it was clean.But the good thing about indonesia is,the beaches and seas its really beautiful.Please visit Indonesia Aiko im waiting for videos you make here

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Hi Marsella! I think your idea about the morning routine video is cool. Sometimes there’s bad people in the streets or in my school. And sometimes there’s trash around the streets too. There’s a place in Japan called Okinawa and the sea is really clean and really beautiful. If you look down you can through to the bottom. – Aiko (transcribed by the Dad)

      • Bernyce

        Hi Aiko! I’m from Singapore. I went to Hokkaido this year and I can’t wait to visit Tokyo next year. I thought that Japan was really clean, not like how you described it with trash everywhere. Is that how it’s like in Tokyo? And yes Okinawa is really nice.

  • Angèle

    Hi ! I like your YouTube Channel very much. I am from France and I am interested in discovering how people live elsewhere. I live in a small town of France in Ardèche, and we have a lot of yummy food and beautiful places ! thank you for your videos, bye 🙂

  • Ece

    Hello Aiko and her family! My name is Ece and I’m from Turkey. I randomly clicked one of your videos and I really loved the idea of seeing Japan in the perspective of a kid. Me and my sister would like to make a video like this. You inspired us indeed. It seems so much fun. I wanna visit Japan one day. Thanks for beautiful videos. Take care 🙂

  • Andini

    Hello Aiko, my name is Andini I live in Indonesia but my uncle is japanese, he is the one who told me to watch your chanel and i was amazed by everything that you show. Can i request in the next episode please let shin sing a japanese song with you ? I just wanna hear you guys sing :)) When i saw your father, why am i feelin like he look like Dylan O’ Brien ? Just sayin
    I’m waiting for the sing !

  • Sammy - Jo

    Hello! My name is Sammy-Jo and I am from South Africa, I have always loved showing people what South Africa is like and learning about other countries and cultures. I also recently got the guts to make my own YouTube Videos. I am moving to Japan in March and hope that I can experience all the amazing things that you have shown me so far! Thank you for the great videos, can’t wait to see more 🙂

  • Ryan Mooty

    My name is Ryan, I’m 16 from Scotland, United Kingdom. I love watching your videos their funny, entertaining and full of joy. I hope to move to Japan one day, and watching your videos makes me want to move even more 🙂

  • Mohammed Jawad Hussain

    Hi.. Aiko. I am Jawad… from Hyderabad, India and living in Qatar. Your videos are awesome and interesting. After seeing your videos I like to visit Japan and explore or like be employed there. Qatar is very small country. I am bored in Qatar, living here since my birth. You can have a visit to Qatar. I will share some pics by me, below. When I visit Japan, I like to meet you all.

  • Silvia

    Hi I’m Silvia and I am from italy(Palermo)! I’m 25, i am a student and a freelance photographer! i really love your idea! Especially the food videos. I would love to visit japan, it’s a kind of dream… anyway I love the little two kids!
    Please continue to share your video <3

  • hisham

    Hi aiko how are you i miss you much and i love this YouTube movies also i love japan I’m hisham and I am from dutch netherland but i want visit in the japan but nice meet with you

  • Sara Megumi

    Hello! My name is SaraMegumi. I am 17 years old and I am half Japanese, half Slovak. I used to live in Japan and watching your videos makes me really happy because all those memories which I have from Japan are coming out and I am also discovering new things and information which I did not know. Big thank you for making all these videos! (You should make some in Japanese too…)

  • Giulia & Sofia

    Hi Aiko, Shin, Greg & Mommy!
    We are Giulia (7) & Sofia (5) from Greece. We are half Italian, half English (and a bit Greek…) We love watching your videos about life in Japan and we want to make a video about our life here to show you what our life is like in Greece – but it might take us a bit longer because we don’t know very much about making videos!! For now you can see us on our blog themarvellousjourney.

  • Maya

    Hello Aiko, Shin, and Dad (and Mom as well 😀 )
    My name is Asmae Maya. I’m from Morocco. I have just discovered your channel a few days ago and I have seen all you videos (and can’t wait to see more) ♥ I would like to ask you some questions (hope you don’t mind 😀 ): I would like to know whether kids in Japan play with kids next doors or this is not common is Japan? If yes, do you have friends in your neighborhood with whom you play? Are kids allowed to play with other kids in the streets or they must either be escorted by their parents or play in clubs (kinda sports etc)?

    thank you ♥?♥

    • Nic

      Hello, in Japan kids are very independent. And the country is very safe. This documentary about this subject is very interesting 🙂

  • Lei Anne Carliza Black

    Hello Life Where I’m From,

    Your channel was recommended to me. I was fascinated by the breakfast. It reminded me of my childhood. I’m a Filipino Chinese. I have a 15 year old daughter who is Irish-Italian Jamaican Filipino.

    My breakfast during my childhood consisted of rice, Vienna sausages, sweet corn, bacon, soft boiled eggs, buttered toast, a mug full of Milo or Horlicks and fruits (oranges, banana, strawberry, apple, grape, jackfruit, kiwi, starfruit, rambutan, or watermelon). When I visit my Filipino family, the usual breakfast can either consist of sardines and rice (My father grew up in a fishing village. That’s all his mother knows how to cook – fish) or rice with galonggong (salted fish) garnished with tomatoes and cilantro / rice with tocino {bacon} or longanesa {sausage} accompanied with pandesal, sinigang na manok or hipon {Chicken/Shrimp Tamarind soup} (My mother’s family were very wealthy farm land owners) Now that I’m in America, my breakfast usually consists of oatmeal or turkey sausages with eggs in a sandwich.

    My daughter loves Japanese culture. She wished she had some Japanese heritage like her cousins. I’ve been trying to learn Japanese since I was a child, but never got a chance to practice it with someone. Anyway, I have pictures I attached during my trip to Japan during my younger years. I’m sharing all Asian cultures and traditions to my little one so she knows not to offend. No sticking chopsticks into bowl, Aiko! (hee, hee)

  • Sofia

    Hi Aiko and family!

    I am Chinese and married to a Mexican American, and we enjoy traveling around the world together. We are expecting to have our child next year so it is great to see you and your channel to learn about, from a child’s perspective, how to live in a multicultural environment. Keep up the good work!

    S&G

  • Zaya

    Hi Aiko and her family me and my son love your blog and videos ???
    Me and my son Felix we are living in Salzburg austria. I am from Mongolia live since 2003 in Austria my son is born here he is half Turkish and half mongolian .Soon we are going to live in my homeland Mongolia we are excited finding our new home job shool culture etc…
    I hope we can share our daily life in mongolia when we are there .

  • Jimmy

    Hi Aiko and family,
    Both of my daughters Finley and Jolie love watching your videos. Finley was pretty excited getting to show where we are from Indiana, USA. We are just starting but should have more as time goes by. Thank you for creating such fun and informative videos!

  • Kathy

    Hi Aiko & family,

    I’m Kathy, a Malaysian Chinese that working and living in Kuwait. Just found about your videos and website today, I found them very informative and interesting! Well done and can’t wait for more up coming videos

    Cheers & Hugs

  • CrypticCereal

    Hi Aiko and Greg. I’m from Ireland and a half-Scottish 11 year old. I love your videos and I have a YouTube myself, where I post videos of cute things. First video up! My user is what I am using for this. All the best from Leinster. ^ – ^

  • Simon

    こんいちは Aiko and your family. I’m an 18 year old student and live in Germany (Bavaria). Until about half a year ago, i wasn’t really interested in Japan, but this completely changed. After watching countless anime series with english subtitles i thought: “Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to understand them without the subtitles?”, thus i searched on the internet for a good way to learn Japanese during my free time. I heard a lot good about a phone app so i started using it to teach myself the language. The first chapter is learning Hiragana which took me quite some time and reading them still takes some time as i’m not used to these characters. If i didn’t had time to revise the few words i’ve learnt so far (about 130) for a few days, reading takes way longer for the first ~15 minutes, because only while studying japanese i see these characters.
    From that goal to be able to understand (at least parts) of japanese animes, i developed the whish, being able to speak japanese fluently (more or less) on a very basic level and also visiting japan one day when i have the money for it.
    From time to time i was watching videos on Youtube about japan (mainly it’s landscape) and today in the “suggested videos” section i found your video about japanese breakfast and i really liked it so i started watching the other videos and they are all great aswell. Keep doing them!
    As i said in the beginning, i’m living in Germany and from life there i would say you can compare it to yours in Canada, except for having other tradition etc. (Can’t tell you much here, sorry, but if you have any question about my life/germany feel free to ask)
    Before i start writing a book here, i’ll draw a line here to end it now, but there’s one thing left that has to be said:
    All the best to all of you in your life and especially to you, Aiko, and you brother: good luck in school 🙂

  • Kim

    Hi aiko Im a guy form sweden. and im 13 years old. Im love japan, anime,. i like to watch your videos. my seas, rivers, is dont so much beautiful. for people in former times muddied it and it eh very war when / 1500-1800 years. but we have the beautiful hotel. the e very hot in the seams and the cold in winter. the e type as cold as in Canada at the end of January. but many people travel by car it will be different climate here right now it rain and storm felled a tree down. but in alle cases. I like to watch you, and so. haragato!

  • Odyssey

    WARM GREETINGS!

    Aiko, you are so adorable! I always look forward to your videos.
    Greg, you are doing a great job! I have seen your post on ‘before Life where I’m from,’ and I think that what you have been doing is commendable! I truly appreciate your videos for they are so informative and pleasant to watch. I am grateful and glad that I am learning so much because of your creative outlet! You are making a difference!

    My name is Odyssey, a native of the Philippines and currently residing in Montreal, Canada. I moved to Montreal 7 years ago to start a new life with my French-Canadian husband. My fondness of Japanese anime triggered my curiosity about Japan. Since then, I have been watching documentaries about it. I haven’t gone there yet but it’s on my bucket list! I watch your videos with my three-year-old son, Olivier, who seems to enjoy them especially the video about the bathroom! He has watched it thrice in a row! Since my son is half-Filipino and half-Canadian, I always make sure to impart some favorable Filipino values even if our life is in Canada. I have been teaching him common phrases and songs in my native language. He speaks English and French really well.

    In the Philippines, there are more than 100 languages and English is actually our second language. Where I live, French is the first language and so I had to take courses in French language in order to have a more meaningful integration in the society. I suppose I can relate to Greg so much when it comes to cultural adjustment and language learning. It is so interesting for me to infer about Aiko, Shin and even Greg’s experiences in assimilating combined heritage, upbringing and lifestyles.
    I feel very fortunate to have lived in a generation wherein any piece of information is within our grasp, some boundaries can be crossed and some gaps can be bridged.

    I haven’t returned to the Philippines yet, but it is sure on my list! I’ll take my son there and show him how Philippines is actually a melting pot of races, with its unique flora and fauna. It’s a country with such a colorful history, beautiful beaches and delectable food, where you meet hard-working, resilient and fun-loving Filipinos.
    SALAMAT! (Filipino word for Thank You)
    MERCI! (French word for Thank You)
    ARIGATO! No need to translate that hehe!

    More power to your channel and have a great family life!

    Cheers!

  • かき

    I am a Chinese student, I am also in Japan, always on the Chinese website to see your video. But now I live in edogawa. This is a photo of Disney in Tokyo.

  • Nana

    Hey there, I’m Nana, a big fan of Life Where I’m From! I honestly love your videos :’) I really love Japan and the people so it’s awesome to see what’s it like in Japan from such a personal perspective. Keep up the great work!

    By the way, I blog over at arraday.com if you want to learn more about me. I also have a youtube channel where I’ll be uploading more pieces of my life! Here’s a travel vlog of my family trip to Southern Thailand 🙂

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Hey Nana,

      Really nice footage! I subbed to your channel, so looking forward to seeing more as you post. Hey, I think it would be cool to showcase some of your footage on the LWIF channel, so if you’re interested, just use the contact form and we can chat. Cheers, Greg!

  • Imogen

    Where I’m from be have no shopping centre and we have different toilet than Japan I go to school and a girl comes cleans our school for us I’m going to (Tokyo) Japan in October from my school and we are really excited to go

  • Shawn Aaron

    Hi,LWIF.
    I have just watched your videos “Living Room Around The World” and your videos are so cool such as the design,edit and the camera lightning.
    I want to say something that I want to support you and keep making videos and don’t care about the hater that hated your videos so much.
    After watching your videos,I feel so excited to go Japan once I grown up.
    Keep it up and don’t give up and goodbye.

  • Anna Everts

    Hi! I’m Anna, I’m 19 and I’m from the Netherlands! Where I’m from we have 3 times more bikes than cars. We have chocolate sprinkles and other stuff you would normally put on a cupcake as bread spread. We don’t really have stores like Target/Wallmart where you have a lot of different products ranging from food to kitchen supplies. If we have a few days of warm weather it’s usually followed by at least one week of bad weather. And in general we love black liqourice!

    I really wanna visit Japan sometime! I’m currently studying Japanese in my spare time~ Keep up the good work with your channel!

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Hi Anna,

      I looked up the bread on google and I think my brother would like how you put sprinkles on the bread because he likes sugary stuff. The black liqourice looks a little bit yummy. I hope you get to visit Japan!

      – Aiko

  • Ageng

    Hi! I’m Ageng. i’m 17 and i’m from Indonesia. i watched all of your video’s, and to be honest i loved it 🙂 ! i like seeing you guys exploring japan’s culture, and seeking stuff’s that are interesting. and it blows my minds! because before i know LWIF, i only know a bit of japan stuff’s from anime and one of my friend that live in shibuya. and now i know half(or most) of their things! like for example the places to be visited, the food’s (and the ways to order it when eating outside :p), their bathroom haha (tbh, this one makes me want to try the closet), and the step’s on doing the onsen thingy and many more. haha and yeah.. i love japan!

    oh and btw i’m planning to go to japan next year on april . hopefully we can meet maybe ? hahahaha 😀 i currently learning japanese language now so hopefully i can speak fluently when i got there. to japan.

    Keep up the good work on posting more video’s~
    this is a photo of me in one of the gorgeous mountains in Indonesia, Bromo.

  • Dini Agumsari

    Hi Aiko!
    I’m Dini from Indonesia. I learned Japanese language since in high school. But now I forgot katakana, and memrise some hiragana. I really enjoy your video, keep up the good work! I wish someday, I hv opportunity to go to Japan. Ganbatte kudasai for aiko, shin, dad, also mysterious mom!

  • ZIZU

    Hi , my name is Zizu , and that is my little sister her name is Isra 🙂 …. and we are frome Algeria.
    those two old photos are of me and my sister i found them in an old phone i think they are from 2009 ! , i wanted to share them with you cause i thought it’s funny how we looked like back then 😀 …. now i am 21 and Isra is 8 and that’s a photo of her birthday cack a few mothes back , we had alot of fun watching your videos and we love you , maybe one day we will visit Japan and meet you guys there
    ***** we wish you all the happiness in the world ******

  • Mx2

    Hi

    I am from Canada. I am a kid who is 12 years old! How are you? I am good! I want to visit Japan because of your videos! Thank you for posting videos!

  • Arisu srithananchai

    Hi aiko ,shintaro ,you and you brother are very cute .I will go to Japan in January 2017. First time ,I travel in Japan. I watch you clip. I feel so good . I need to go tomorrow now, hahaha .I hope when I go to Japan, I see you and selfie camera together. See you next time byeee.

  • Arisu srithananchai

    When I see aiko.I want come back a child again.T

  • Bernyce

    Hi Aiko and Shin! I’m Bernyce and I’m from Singapore. I went to Hokkaido this year and going to Tokyo next year. I love your videos. Can you guys post more recently? Also, MY BROTHER WHO IS 8 IS JUST LIKE SHIN 🙂

  • Marty Shurelov

    Hi Aiko and Shin! My name is Martin and I’m from Bulgaria. One day, when I clicked on Youtube, I saw one of your videos on my list of reccomended videos because I love to watch videos from Japan. When I saw your video I was like: “Wow! I think that kid on the thumbnail is my age!” and that’s why I clicked so excited on it. (The kid was Aiko. I am 11 years old.) I’ve watched the video without blinking. (I was SO excited.) When the video ended I subscribed to you because I liked a lot the video. Now, I watch you guys every day without missing a single video. Japan seems so beautiful. I really want to go and live in Japan. I want to ask Aiko: Is it really hard to learn Kanji? I want to learn the language because like I said I want to move in Japan. I really want to have brother and sister like you guys! I would be really happy if you answer me. Greetings from Bulgaria! 🙂

  • Kavitha

    Hi Aiko and shin channnnnnnnnnn…….I am from India, Andhra Pradesh. I watched almost all ur videos…..all were so cool n fantastic, they turned out very well, especially thanks to ur paapa(dad)..who made u look so cool n cute…..anyways u r beautiful dear. Am from Hyderabad, which is in Andhra Pradesh and its always noisy city. I am really connected to abroad countries since childhood n after cing ur videos of Japan, now am really feeling n wishing that I could hv born thr in Japan….such a nice Country with so much discipline, neatness, much hardwork is there, u have unity in ur country, so its possible to keep n maintain that clean and systemized living….really much connected to Japan now…wishing to c more videos…..Love you Aiko and Shin…..Good Luck!!!!!

  • Joelle

    Hi Aiko-chan! (and Shin-kun and camera man-san ^^)

    I’m Joelle and I’m a Korean who was born and raised in America. Because my dad is in the Air Force, we lived in Japan for a bit. I was able to take Japanese for one year in high school, so, I was able to be exposed to the language and culture! I love the Japanese culture and hope to go back some day and live there for a bit. I always find your videos so interesting and funny to watch. They manage to brighten up my day! Hope to see more of them soon! がんばれ~

  • Swapna

    Hi
    I’m Swapna and I’m an American of Indian origin. I’ve previously lived in Singapore but I was predominantly raised in Chennai, India. I’m 17 and I will be returning to the US this year for college. I’m multilingual( fluent in English, Tamil and Hindi with a limited understanding of Malayalam-they’re all derived from different scripts). Don’t ever worry about your language proficiency, it’ll turn out just fine considering that you are being raised in a bilingual household. If you want I could make a video and dispel all of the myths about living in India. Take care guys.

    • lifewhereimfrom (author)

      Hi Swapna, thanks for the message. Wow, you know a lot of languages already! Sure, do make that video about India, that’d be interesting to watch!

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