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I Self-Published my First English Book

I have self-published some books in Japanese before, but this is the first time to publish a book in English. I am so happy to achieve this!

I started blogging and writing in Japanese in 2014 as a free-lancer but I didn't write any articles in English until last year. Though my English writing was not so good, I suddenly had the idea of becoming an English writer.

>Why I am writing in English, even though it's not my native language

Then, I chose Medium as a platform to practise my English writing as a second language. My final goal is written in this article below:

>The Real Reason and My Target for writing on Medium (Medium)

Now, I feel that I can write more easily in English and I hope my progress won't stop. I want to self-publish more books in Japanese and English.

Book writing is not the same as blog writing or article writing. My English book that I published this time was based on the stories which I had posted on Medium. I collected the stories and edited them…
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I had a haircut in Japan

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I have been living outside of Japan for more than 15 years, but I never had a haircut abroad. I always have my haircut in Japan when I go back.

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"Could you cut it boldly, please?"
"Boldly? Are you sure?" he said to me in the mirror.

I said, "Yes, please." He said,
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"You said th…

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After the 100 Haiku Writing Project

I started my 100 Haiku poetry project in English on the 20th of July and wrote the last one on the 16th of September. It means that I took about two months to create 100 pieces of Haiku poetry, which is not bad, is it?

Why do I write Haiku poems in English, not in Japanese?

Haiku is a style of poetry which is originally Japanese. Children in Japan have to learn the basic knowledge of Haiku poetry and some of the most famous pieces of ancient Haiku poets at school. I also learned some Haiku poems in Japanese classes, but I never had an idea to write it myself. The funny thing is, I just started writing Haiku poems in English on Medium. 

The end of last year, I started blogging in English, here, on 'Blogger.' After a couple of months, I shifted my writing to Medium. And then, I realised that lots of English writers love Haiku poetry, which inspired me to try.

Now, I love writing Haiku poetry in English, even though I had never tried Haiku poetry in Japanese. I write a Haiku poem in English every day. If you are interested in, please visit my Medium Haiku project page.

>Haiku & Tanka 100 project

Also, I analysed why I prefer to write it in English rather than in Japanese.

>How is Haiku writing in English as a Japanese person

What and who is blogging for?

Blogging is not working anymore, or at least, it doesn't work as well as it used to. But, in Japan, there are still lots of people who start to try blogging.

It is clear that blogging is not as easy as before. Some top bloggers have already given up. They are shifting to other platforms such as YouTube.

Why aren't Medium and Patreon popular among Japanese? What is the most powerful social media in Japan?

I started writing on Medium in both English and Japanese in March 2019.
>Why did I start writing on "Medium"?

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