I was born and raised in Japan with no experience living in other than Japan. I am a typical Japanese in a good way and a bad way. I grew up in Fukuoka in Kyushu watching TV like DORAEMON, Sailor
Moon and Crayon Shin-chan. I was obsessed with POKEMON when I was a teen which means I was or (I am?) a little of geeky side. Kind of deeply marinated life in Japan and Japanese culture nurtured
my interest and attraction toward an overseas culture. To me as typical Japanese the oversea culture meant United States. Full House and Sabrina teenage witch that were my favorite TV shows were
the introduction to “foreign culture” not knowing those are snippets of an American culture. My pure attraction toward “foreign culture” affected my decision about a college and major. I got a
college degree in English Literature. College taught me the appreciation of books in original text. Reading books fueled my curiosity for history, society and people’s perspectives of different
countries. Until then my definition of “foreign culture” had been upgraded, of course.
The more I learned other countries the more I felt that people in those countries have the similar feeling that I have to them which is a pure attraction to foreign culture. I started to feel the need to know more about my own culture and the responsibility to tell people about my culture. That’s why I became a licensed guide. I just got the license and have no experience in this business but I’m really looking forward to do this job. I’m thrilled by thinking about being bombarded with questions about my culture which I take for granted and never questioned in my entire life.