Episode 13 of the I Am Multicultural Podcast is the story of a blonde American third culture kid Nathan Holritz, who wanted to belong in a place where no one looked like him and how he learned to relate to others while in Japan.

 

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In today’s episode, I speak to Nathan Holritz, father of 2, minimalist and owner at Photographers Edit about this third culture experience as a blonde foreigner or “gaijin” growing up in Japan and what he did to immerse himself in the Japanese culture, even though he looked distinctly different from everybody else in his neighborhood.

Nathan Holritz Third Culture Kid Japanese I Am Multicultural Podcast

Nathan Holritz surrounded by the local Japanese kids on a train who would request pieces of his blonde hair.

 

Nathan Holritz Third Culture Kid Japanese I Am Multicultural Podcast

Nathan Holritz Third Culture Kid Japanese I Am Multicultural Podcast

The Holritz family moved south to the island of Kyushu and a city (and its suburbs) called Kagoshima.

Nathan Holritz Third Culture Kid Japanese I Am Multicultural PodcastNathan Holritz making “mochi” or “omochi” around the New Year. In Japan, omochi is used in god shelves as a gift to the ancestors, as a New Year’s celebratory food, and as an everyday snack.

We talk about:

  • What life was was like as a gaijin foreigner in Japan
  • What it was like being a blonde American kid growing in the rice paddy communities in Japan
  • How he immersed himself in Japanese culture & traditions
  • How he found his footing as an aspiring teen soccer player & now as a father of 2
  • What his multicultural experience taught him about building relationships
  • How to relate to others who are different from you

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Nathan Holritz with the Japanese junior high soccer team where he was given a hard time because he didn’t yet have a strong soccer skills.

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Nathan Holritz Third Culture Kid Japanese I Am Multicultural Podcast

Nathan Holritz with his kids Austen and Addison

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