Japan Scene 3: A multi-ethnic moment

The Jamaican national motto is ‘Out of Many One People‘, based on the population’s multiracial roots. Although there are exceptions the reality is that there is very little mixing of these “races”, most stay in their own little enclaves and the majority of us are of African descent.

Living in Japan now, there are lessons and experiences almost daily that allow personal growth, development and exposure to new things and ways of doing things. Not many people will openly admit that their views on the world are limited as these days many internet warriors live their life through Google and the fake lens of social media.

Between Lunch and Dinner

So here I was having a meal in that wasn’t quite lunch but not dinner either. Seated around the table was 5 people including myself representing a variety of ethnicities; Mexico, China, Europe, Japan, Jamaica, America, Africa. All of us with different skin shades, speaking 2-3 languages each. Here we were, sitting in an Italian restaurant on a small rural island, in Japan after working at, participating in and/or watching a sports festival for kids.

ethnicity – the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.

I couldn’t help but reflect on all the divisive occurrences all around the world now from North America, to Korea, to Myanmar, to Spain. In the end we really and truly are all the same but there are certain powers who would stand to lose a lot if we dare realized that.