Before arriving to Japan in 2003, I constantly searched the web and read books trying to answer the many questions I had about Japan. I wanted my first experience going outside of the borders of the United States to be a positive and memorable experience. I wanted to learn about another culture, learn another language, and meet as many people as I could. I didn't want my experience to be filled with four months of derogatory comments and racist reactions from people judging my skin color. So, I searched the web in attempt to learn a little about Japan from several diverse perspectives. Though I found several informative "being in Japan" blogs and website from the white-male and female perspective, with the exception of Black Tokyo a web forum developed for those interested in learning about Japan from a Black perspective, I found a more diverse perspective to be lacking. Thus, the Creation of Sista in Tokyo, August 2003.