Miyo telling a story at VAMP in San Diego

Have you ever asked yourself where you fit in? I certainly have… for a long time.

As a kid, my family moved frequently within Japan. Sometimes, we moved before I could even remember my classmates’ names. I was always the new kid in school. When my friends reminisced about their childhood buddies, I felt left out because I didn’t have any.

Searching for “my place” continued into my adult life. After college, I didn’t move as often, but I changed jobs regularly. On June 1, 2004, I took a leap into the unknown and moved to America. I stepped off the plane with a mixture of excitement and anxiety, not knowing how long I would stay or what the future held.

Twenty years later, I’m still here. Twenty years, y’all! It hasn’t always been easy. The first few years were especially rough because my resources (network and money!) were limited. I rented a small room in a single-family home in Orange County and my first job’s salary was so low that I couldn’t afford an immigration lawyer. But over the years, life improved. Now, I live in a cozy guest house and have built a solid network of friends.

Looking back, it’s been a colorful journey filled with the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve lost important things and people, but I’ve also gained valuable relationships and experiences. Now, I have an amazing circle of friends who have my back and support my journey. I finally feel at home.  

Reflecting on these 20 years, I see a tapestry woven with the threads of change, growth, and an unwavering spirit to keep pushing forward. 

As always, thank you for being here.


Enjoy the “Miyo 2.0 ~ Coming to America” video!

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