Many students ask me the question "why are you interested in Japan?" I will share a story with you so that you can understand what motivates me to teach English here on Cafetalk!
The first time I visited Japan I was 15 years old! I was an American exchange student and I stayed with two families from Makinohara, Shizuoka. It was a fun experience to wear a 浴衣. I felt so pretty when I wore it! I gained a new appreciation for Japanese culture at that time because it kind of took a long time to get on! I actually had my "sweet sixteen" (my 16th birthday) in Japan. My hostmom was such a good cook and her cake was so delicious. In the US we don't make cakes like that. I was so surprised at the detail and care taken to make the cake.
I could experience 花火 as well. We had a great time shopping at the local vendors and watching the fireworks with friends. It was so crowded and we were the only foreigners there!
I also enjoyed 茶道. I learned how to make matcha with a wooden wisk. Cooking is my passion. I loved cooking even back then, so naturally this was the most enjoyable experience for me!
I even had my first date in Japan! I am naturally very shy, so I had never gone on a date with a boy until I visited Japan. We were at the beach and a group of charming guys invited us to go bowling and then get a meal at McDonalds afterwards. What a classy first date!
All in all, you can say that my first experience abroad was an impressionable one. Especially because it motivated me to continue studying Japanese throughout college and after graduation and continue to go to work there for so many years and then work for Japanese companies in the US and finally become an online tutor teaching mainly Japanese people. I can't believe I have been studying Japanese since I was 13. It was then that I read my first ドラえもん that I got at a Kinokuniya. The time has truly flown by! This is why I got in to studying Japanese and am motivated to teach English on Cafetalk.
See you in class and thanks for reading!