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Melissa Uchiyama

Melissa Uchiyama
"Making Tea With Pressed Leaves"
Melissa lives in Tokyo with her delicious family– two kiddos and husband. As a mother, teacher, and writer, she buzzes around Tokyo, stopping to smell every flower. You can find Melissa’s work at Literary Mama, Kveller, Tokyo Cheapo, and her own blog,

“I needed to be true and vulnerable so that deeper healing might occur. I was so pained at having hurt my baby; I’d let him, myself, and the world down. Writing helped me arrive at forgiveness.”

“Shame and secrecy may shroud any of our mothering experiences that are not honeyed moments of joy. Messing up, pain, confession, and forgiveness are just as much the rhythm of motherhood as bedtimes and pouring cereal.”