Meet Jun, on of our Japanese teachers.
Where were you born?
In which countries have you lived?
Japan and Australia
Which countries have you visited?
England, America, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, Italy
What languages do you speak?
Japanese and English(fine to comunicate in general)
Was it hard to learn new languages?
At first, speaking was difficult. Listening is easier than speaking. I'm sure this is something most learners have experienced.
I think being immersed in a language (living in country) makes learning a language easier.
Did you learn all the languages you speak the same way?
I guess so.
Are you still learning a language, which one, why?
I tried to study Spanish a while ago and still, I would like to learn.
I love dancing. When I started to take Salsa lessons a while ago, I tried to learn some Spanish so I could sing along with the song I was dancing!
I'm still hopeless about speaking in Spanish but love to listen to the music in Spanish.
I have been interested in Korean recently as I listen to the Korean music and watch Korean dramas a lot from my eldest daughter's influence.
The more you listen to what they say in their language, the more you remember small phrases to say in better pronouciation.
Why have you learnt a new language?
We all have to study English at school in Japan but unfortunatelly it wasn't practical.
So there are many people who are not confident to speak English even though they study English for a long time.
Now I know how fantastic to be able to comunicate with people who speak different language,
so I just simply want to comunicate in thier language wheather I can do well or not.
How has it impacted in your life?
Leaning languages is to learn their culture as well. I have come to see things in different ways and opened my mind bigger than before.
It's great to meet people who I can't meet if I only speak my native language.
What is the best part about living in a foreign country?
Opportunities to mix with different people.
What has been challenging?
Leaning local customs and of course trying to speak in their language as well as I can.
Which part of your birth country do you recommend to visitors? Why do you like it?
It depends on your interests. Japan is such a diverse country. I recommend it all. It has fascinating modern cities like Tokyo, but history abounds in Kyoto.
It has beautiful natural splendours like Hokkaido, Nikko and its mountainous areas.
As a Japanese I like onsen(hots prings), food and bullet trains(I sometimes appriciate that Japan is a small country you can get places easily in general).
I'm sure people who visit Japan for the first time, they want to see Tokyo as a one of big cities but also want to have some different experiences (Japanese style hotels, temples, shrines, nature, hot springs) at the same time. You don't need to worry about your time in Japan is not enough to go to Kyoto(the most famous place for the tourists as a traditional and historical place) or somewhere far and cost money. There are also a lot of things near Tokyo,so you can do all of them while you are staying in Tokyo.
① Hakone: If you want to see a bit of nature even though you are mostly traveling in Tokyo, Hakone will be a one of great places to visit.
You take a special rapid train from Shinjuku and you will get to Hakone in 90 minutes.
Hakone is in Kanagawa prefecture which is next to Tokyo and famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view across Lake Ashinoko of nearby Mt.Fuji.
Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.
② Kamakura: Kamakura is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo. The town became the political centre of Japan in the late 12th century.
Today, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination for Japanese and foreign tourists. Sometimes it's calles the Kyoto of Eastern Japan.
Kamakura offers temples, shrines and other historical monuments. In addition, Kamakura has sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer.
③ Gala Yuzawa: If you want to go sking/snow boarding or just to see some snow even though you have only one day left in Japan, Gala Yuzawa will be the perfect place to go.
Gala Yuzawa is the only ski resort that has the bullet train station in the resort. It's about 80 minutes from Tokyo station and very easy to get to.
As soon as you exit the ticket entrance, you will see shops, rental gear counter and locker rooms.
All you do is getting ready and take a gondra from there and ta-dah! You are on the snow, just take a lift to run down the courses.
You don't need to worry about the transportation and you also don't have to worry if you don't speak Japanese. There are many foreign staffs to help you out.
So you can just relax and enjoy your time there.