Sae Shida, 29
As a little girl I dreamed of being a flight attendant, because my aunt was one for Cathay Pacific airlines, and I always thought she looked so beautiful and sophisticated in her uniform. And of course the international travel sounded very appealing. I definitely would do it today if I could, but I think it’s not possible now that I have tattoos.
Miwa Gilligan, 48
Part-time worker (Japanese)
As a little girl I wanted to be many things, and when my grandmother suggested that as an actress I could play various roles, that stuck with me. The Takarazuka Review was popular during my childhood, so that also inspired me. Of course I would still like to become an actress, but I play melodica in a band so occasionally I do get to fulfill my desire to perform.
Satoshi Sano, 72
I liked mechanical things as a child, so I wanted to be an engineer or something similar, designing and working with machines. As it turned out, I didn’t like studying math and science in school, but I became a salesman for a machine maker. I wouldn’t want to do that now, however, as I would rather stick to gardening and want to become a real farmer.
Hiromitsu Tokunaga, 55
Sewage worker (Japanese)
My dream job both as a child and now is to be an astronaut. I grew up during the “Space Race” era and remember well the first moon landing, the famous sci-fi movie “2001,” David Bowie’s hit song “Space Oddity,” and all the rest. I still have a strong dream of going into space, and in my lifetime hope to see regular affordable space tours for people like me!
Tina Rees, 50s
English instructor (Canadian)
I wanted to be a doctor and help people. I was always playing doctor with dolls, wrapping their arms and legs in tissues! My mom was a nurse, and my two sisters are now nurses, but I went into accounting and finance. The educational requirements to be a doctor are too much for me now, but I feel I’m helping people and contributing to society as a teacher.
John Podeszwa, 45
English school owner (American)
I’ve always loved animals, and as a little boy I first wanted to be a frog, then a chimp. When told I had to be something human, I chose zookeeper. I worked at a zoo in high school, but I wouldn’t want to do that job now, although I kinda am living my dream of helping rescued animals, since I own a kinkajou [a raccoon relative], an albino snake, a dog and some cats!
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