TAG: Who I Am

I found this tag at Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll and strongly intrigued to give it a try.
I didn’t use to do tags until last month (I didn’t even know there was such a thing existed…), but now I’m all for it. I think doing these tags is a perfect way to make yourself known to other bloggers and deepen and strengthen the bond/friendship you had built!

Note: This post includes A LOT OF quizzes and results, so this is going to be rather long. Grab a cup of coffee/tea or whatever, make yourself comfortable!


Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

What is the meaning of my name?

My name is Noriko, ‘Norin’ is actually sort of a nickname that I picked when I started this blog.
Traditionally here in Japan, there are two ways of naming their kids;
1) Take one Kanji (Chinese character) from each of their parents and combine them, and
2) Pick Kanjis based on a ‘wish’ or ‘hope’ that parents want their kids to carry on throughout their lives. In this case, each Chinese character that is used in a kid’s name carries a special meaning or “wish.”

Going back to my name, ‘Noriko,’ I didn’t get to find out the ‘real’ reason why I got this name believe it or not.
However many times I asked my mom where my name came from, she always goes like, ‘It was your father who decided on your name. I had nothing to do with it, so I don’t know.’
Unfortunately, my father passed away 13 years ago, so there’s no telling where my name really came from, which is a bit unfair given both of my elder siblings’ names have their roots – My big brother got his name following Pattern 1), by taking one kanji from each of my parents while my big sister was named after Master Dogen, because she was born on the day Master Dogen entered into the eternal sleep. As I mentioned in my post, we were born to a humble *wink* Buddhist monk, that’s where Master Dogen came in just in case you’re wondering 😉


What is my Myer-Briggs Personality type? (Link)


My results

Adventurer personalities are true artists, but not necessarily in the typical sense where they’re out painting happy little trees. Often enough though, they are perfectly capable of this. Rather, it’s that they use aesthetics, design and even their choices and actions to push the limits of social convention. Adventurers enjoy upsetting traditional expectations with experiments in beauty and behavior – chances are, they’ve expressed more than once the phrase “Don’t box me in!”

Adventurers live in a colorful, sensual world, inspired by connections with people and ideas. These personalities take joy in reinterpreting these connections, reinventing and experimenting with both themselves and new perspectives. No other type explores and experiments in this way more. This creates a sense of spontaneity, making Adventurers seem unpredictable, even to their close friends and loved ones.

Despite all this, Adventurers are definitely Introverts, surprising their friends further when they step out of the spotlight to be by themselves to recharge. Just because they are alone though, doesn’t mean people with the Adventurer personality type sit idle – they take this time for introspection, assessing their principles. Rather than dwelling on the past or the future, Adventurers think about who they are. They return from their cloister, transformed.

Adventurers live to find ways to push their passions. Riskier behaviors like gambling and extreme sports are more common with this personality type than with others. Fortunately their attunement to the moment and their environment allows them to do better than most. Adventurers also enjoy connecting with others, and have a certain irresistible charm.

For more detailed explanation for Adventurer Personality, visit here.

I personally found this results pretty accurate; I don’t find myself fit in the first half of the description shown above, I am definitely an introvert; my offline self is rather private. I do appreciate friendships and relationships that I established with my (real life) friends, but hanging out with them or sending text messages back and forth 24/7 exhausts me. I definitely need some space where I can take a break and really be myself.
In addition to this, I don’t handle criticism very well; any words of advice or caveat in a negative sense momentarily sting me even more so with face-to-face criticism or heads-ups.
I know I need to be more open to criticism than I actually am, but I cannot help but feel a bit dejected 😦


What is my Zodiac sign? (Link)

My birthday is July 6th and that makes me…



Element: Water
Quality: Cardinal
Color: White
Day: Monday, Thursday
Ruler: Moon
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Capricorn, Taurus
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 15, 20
Date range: June 21 – July 22


Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive
Weaknesses: Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure
Cancer likes: Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends
Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life
Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer can be one of the most challenging zodiac signs to get to know. They are very emotional and sensitive, and care deeply about matters of the family and their home. Cancer is sympathetic and attached to people they keep close. Those born with their Sun in Cancer are very loyal and able to empathize with other people’s pain and suffering.

The sign of Cancer belongs to the element of Water, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Guided by emotion and their heart , they could have a hard time blending into the world around them. Being ruled by the Moon, phases of the lunar cycle deepen their internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that are beyond their control. As children, they don’t have enough coping and defensive mechanisms for the outer world, and have to be approached with care and understanding, for that is what they give in return.

Lack of patience or even love will manifest through mood swings later in life, and even selfishness, self-pity or manipulation. They are quick to help others, just as they are quick to avoid conflict, and rarely benefit from close combat of any kind, always choosing to hit someone stronger, bigger, or more powerful than they imagined. When at peace with their life choices, Cancer representatives will be happy and content to be surrounded by a loving family and harmony in their home.

Cancer – the Brave Crab Sent to this Earth by something they believe in, only to mess with someone bigger than they are, this isn’t an animal aware of their strength. Patriotism can make them endanger their own wellbeing, fighting for someone else’s cause, as if others can become their higher power. The Crab knows where they’re going, but this is often in a wrong direction, at least until they learn their lessons and start relying solely on themselves.

Overall, I agree with most of what the result says.
I am very emotion-driven and prone to mood swings, definitely NOT logical.
That said though, “always choosing to hit someone stronger, bigger, or more powerful than they imagined,” “only to mess with someone bigger than they are…” 
THAT’S ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. I dislike conflicts, period. It’s always better to live in harmony, things would definitely go smoothly and swimmingly if we paid a bit more attention to others’ feelings. I have absolutely no intention of messing with someone who’s more powerful than I am. Why would I want to go out on a limb, putting myself on the spot in the first place??? This is definitely not me.


What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

Although I have read all Harry Potter books (the whole series, I mean) and enjoyed them all, I have never done quizzes like this before – I don’t even know what kind of characteristics each house has – so it was so much fun to see what house I would be sorted into.
My house would be…

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?


But then again, I am not quite sure whether to be glad or sad… lol
What do you guys think???

My in-depth results are:

Hufflepuff – 14
Ravenclaw – 12
Gryffindor – 10
Slytherin – 6

I’m kind of disappointed that I wasn’t sorted into Gryffindor – I wanted to be sorted into the same house as Harry, Hermione and Ron!


What are my learning styles? (Link)

My scores were:

Visual 9
Aural 6
Read/Write 12
Kinesthetic 7

I have a multimodal learning preference.

Now, I agree with read/write aspect getting higher scores. I think I learn best by reading/following detailed instructions or manuals rather than by taking lectures or watching videos or something like that. Being an introvert and my preference for solitary activities might affect the results, too.
That’s not to say I dislike working with others or participating in seminars, but my lack of creativity kind of hinders me from even coming up with questions to ask. Rather than actually asking questions personally, I’d prefer to be given detailed, step-by-step written instructions or diagrams/pamphlet that I can work with at my own pace.
This is exactly how I picked up how to work with PC; I bought tons of manuals on Excel/Word/Powerpoint and followed every single instruction  on those manuals. By strictly following the instructions and examples, I learned how to program macros on Excel, making graphs, inserting graphics/pics in Word docs. I feel most comfortable working on my own because I can go over the same process over and over and over again to my heart’s content without interrupting others who can learn faster than I do.


Am I right or left brain dominant?


I’m using my brain equally.

That said though, I’m not quite sure if I got the question right in Section 2. I wonder how that actually affected this result… lol


What is my bloodtype?


I’m Boodtype A positive.

For more detailed information associated with Bloodtype A+, visit the website Mischenko found – you can read it here.

Now, the website says the personal traits associated with bloodtype A+ are;

They are described to be analytical, inventive, detail oriented, creative, good listeners and sensitive to the needs of others.

With regard to this, I agree with being sensitive to the needs of others and I’m probably detail oriented. But I’m definitely NOT analytical  (hell, no), inventive (how could I be??), creative (most certainly NOT). Actually, my mind goes blank when asked to come up with ideas or something; I’m probably good at tweaking something that already exists and turning it into something slightly different from the original, but creating something from scratch??? I don’t even know HOW. That’s plain IMPOSSIBLE.


What career am I meant to have? (Link)


You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories.

I wonder why all the results show the complete opposite of how I think of myself;
my brain is not overflowing with ideas (no), my imagination is SCARCE (not vast).
I love reading, but loving reading and actually writing (coming up with) stories are totally different, at least for me.
As for a skill for language???? I can only handle Japanese and English (albeit sloppy). Ha!


Which Divergent faction do I belong in? (Link)

Another big confession to make; I haven’t read the Divergent trilogy, so I haven’t the foggiest idea what this faction thing means… anyways, let’s figure out which Divergent faction I’ll be sorted into….


“The smart ones, the ones value knowledge and logic are Erudite. They know everything.”

Erudite is one of the five factions in the world of Divergent, the one and only faction dedicated to knowledge, intelligence, curiosity, and astuteness. It was formed by those who blamed ignorance for the war that had occurred in the past, causing them to split into factions in the first place. Their substance for the Choosing Ceremony is water. Its leader, Jeanine Matthews, is the main antagonist of Divergent and Insurgent.

Uh… I have no idea what to make of this. Shoud I be happy with the result, anyone??


What does my birth order say about me? (Link)

Like I mentioned earlier, I am the youngest of the three – I have a big brother and a sister who are respectively 7 years/5 years older than me. I am literally the baby of the family.
My mother actually told me she was quite surprised when she found out the pregnancy lol

Anyways, let’s take at look at what my birth oder says about me.

The Baby

Stereotype: Free spirit, risk taker, charming.
Why it’s true: Parents are less cautious. (Hey, the older ones ate the dog’s food and lived!) And they also probably have more resources than they did when starting out. “Parents are more lenient, so youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented, and yet they still get lots of attention,” says Salmon.
When it’s not: “Some babies resent not being taken seriously,” says Linda Campbell, a professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia, in Athens. “They might become very responsible, like the oldest, or social, like the middle.”

Now, this “youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented” doesn’t apply to me; being born to a Buddhist monk, I was instilled in the importance of comforming to rules and being mindful of others my entire life. When I was little, I always felt kind of frustrated by constantly getting an earful from my parents, particularly by my father about what I was allowed to do and what I was not. For instance, what was universally acceptable, like eating soft serve while walking and chatting with my friends was definitely a No-no for me. Every time my father spotted me doing so, I was summoned to his study and was talked into why I shouldn’t have done that. He also told me to be nice to others, like greeting everybody even if I had never met them because I would never know who was watching me and judging me by my behavior. I felt it kind of stifling, but I now think that’s exactly what made me what I am today – in a sense.

And yes, it’s true – my father was way more lenient with me and my big brother would often grumble about me getting everything I wanted. I didn’t think it was true, but in retrospect, I can’t deny the fact my father pretty much doted on me 😛


Okay, that’s it!
I’m so sorry for this post being lengthy, but I hope you enjoyed reading this and got to know me a little bit better than before!

I’m not tagging anyone this time, but if you are interested, give it a go! It’s so much fun and you might discover the fact that you have never thought about.

Thank you so much for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post 😉




26 thoughts on “TAG: Who I Am

  1. Nel says:

    Thank you for sharing! I like your name despite you not knowing its exact roots. I thought your adventurer personality was pretty spot on for not knowing you in person. I also didn’t read Divergent so when I take that test, I’ll have no idea what if it’s good or bad, haha. This tag is next on my list!

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  2. This was really nice. I really enjoyed learning more about you! We got the same blood type! And your birthday is coming up, that is very cool! 😀 do you normally celebrate it? Hufflepuff is a really good Hogwarts house, it’s about loyalty and being a good person.

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    • Norin says:

      Thanks, Naty! I haven’t celebrated my birthday for years now. But I’ll buy myself some books 📚 this year😁 I didn’t know much about Hufflepuff, but I now know what it means to be in that house. Thanks!!

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  3. That’s so interesting about your name, and I didn’t know about that naming tradition in Japan! (I live in America). Can I ask why you chose the nickname Norin for your blog? I’m curious 🙂 And I’m am also a Hufflepuff!! I can understand the disappointment not being in Gryffindor, but hey, we’ve got Tonks and Cedric!!

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  4. What a fun tag! A lot of these things I already know about myself..the personsality type, learning style, blood type, birth sign, but it’s great to see it all together and see how accurately it describes you! This is another tag I may have to do when I’m blogging again…or bored to death!

    I’m a Pisces, so I’m a water sign too 😊 My husband is a Cancer..he says it’s one reason why we’ve been a couple for 24 years ❤❤❤ They are supposed to be two very compatible signs. I don’t know about all that, Lol! I need to go be sorted! I really want to know which house the sorting hat puts me now, lol!

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    • Noriko says:

      Thank you, Stephanie! Awww, you’re also a Pisces as well as Jay, we are compatible!! That is sweet that you and your husband are both water signs and have been married for as long as 24 years!!! ❤ Yes, signs under the water element are very compatible and get along very well. We are also compatible with signs under Earth element (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), too – because 'water' provide 'Earth' with moisture. We complement each other.
      On the contrary, we are not so compatible with signs under the Fire element (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) , but then again, it's just horoscope. While I cannot deny such signs can have influence on our personality traits, I cannot claim that's 100% accurate 🙂


      • Jay and I are both Pisces…too funny!!

        Oh, I’m sorry, no we’ve only been married 20 years but been together for 24 😊 We we’re high school sweethearts of sorts ❤❤ We’ve been a couple since I was 16 and he was 18 but then he graduated and joined the Air Force, so it was a long distance love affair, lol 😍😍 But, we stayed together through thick and thin, especially while he was deployed overseas to Afghanistan and then we married when his 4 years in the military were over and I was finishing my Bachelor’s degree! I definitely think there is something to the signs. My best friend for 25 years is also a Cancer and I am very close to another friend who is a Capricorn! And you are a Cancer❤

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        • Noriko says:

          Ooops lol But my, what a sweet, amazing love story!! That’s so sweet and romantic that you married to your high school sweetheart AND happily married despite the hard times when he was deployed to Afganistan!! You two literally went through thick and thin, that is so, so romantic ❤ Unfortunately, I have yet to have met the love of my life (or, I might have failed to hold down on him), but we'll see. The future is definitely up to me and time WILL come, I believe!!
          I'm so glad we are both Water signs 🙂 That explains you are such a sweetheart ❤


          • Oh not your fault! I wasn’t clear 😄 Yes, he was deployed the 1st year I started at the university for my undergraduate degree. So I was just a wreck! He was gone for 6 months and we only spine every couple of weeks but more if we got a chance! I was terrified! It is romantic when I think about it, lol😍❤ It’s been so long that sometimes I forget, haha! We do drive each other nuts at time, I promise it’s not all romance all the time 😂 You will meet the love of your life one day! Probably when you least expect it! Being positive is such a good thing!! 🤗 Aww, you are a sweetie! Maybe it’s the water signs for us both that make is sweet…💧💧

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  5. Loved this post! And I’m a Hufflepuff too. Don’t be sad 😀 I know it’s considered to be the most bland and boring house, but it’s really not. It’s actually JK Rowling’s favourite one so that has to count for something 😉

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  6. Noriko says:

    OMG, really? I didn’t even know that! Now I’m proud of being sorted into Hufflepuff – as Naty@Naty’s Bookshelf put it, being loyal, hardworking and a good person is really a great thing!
    I’m glad you enjoyed this post 🙂 It’s always fun to get you readers’ responses!! ❤


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