How long have you been teaching for and how long for Cactus?
I have been teaching for 20 years in general, and I started teaching for Cactus in 2019 in London.
How long have you been living in the UK?
I have been living in the UK for over 28 years now.
Where were you born and what is the city famous for?
I was born in Niigata, Japan. The city is well-known for Japanese sake and rice. The beautiful Sado Island is very close to Niigata, where the world-famous drum group KODO is based.
What is your degree and teaching experience?
I have a BA in Japanese Literature and I have been teaching for many years in schools, companies and in private as well.
Have you ever worked in another field?
I have been working for a Japanese editorial company, in a special needs school as a SEN teacher, in a Japanese property agent company and in a Japanese restaurant. I have also held position in an Interpreting/translating company and as a receptionist in an accounting office, in Tokyo.
Is there a typical food of your native country and is there a special occasion where most families eat it?
If I have to name one, the stereotype would be Sushi – maybe Katsu-Curry and Ramen. For special occasions like New Year’s feast on New Year’s day, we have a dish called ‘Osechi’ cuisine.
What cultural custom is the country you were born in famous for?
Seasonal festive events such as Hanami in April (flower viewing in April), Obon and Omatsuri (ancestors days in Summer), and Oomisoka (New Years eve) and Oshogatsu (New year’s event).
I am looking forward to seeing you in my class! それじゃ 授業で会いましょう!
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Frequently asked questions
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Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.
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