Hei! Minä olen Yayoi Higashi.
Minä tulen Japanista. Hauska tavata!
I was looking forward to seeing you! Now I am very happy to be here in Kuopio. I come from Kyoto in Japan, which was an ancient capital from 794 to 1869, very traditional city.There are a lot of shrines and temples, and lots of tourists from overseas enjoy sightseeing.
I have been working as a high school teacher for about twenty years. I teach English and sometimes Japanese for foreign kids. I have thought I would like to study abroad and obtain more experiences in recent years.
Finland is renowned for its education, so I hope to see how the education system works, how the teachers run classes, what they emphasize in the school curriculum, and how the students learn at school including the method of teaching and learning English as a second language.
The school system here is quite different and the school life is also different from ours.
I feel that Finnish educations is very flexible and offer a wide range of options. That means students are required to be independent and responsible for themselves. Also they seem to be calm and relaxed, and spend a comfortable life with enough time compared to Japanese students. School in Japan starts at around 8:40 and 6th/7th lesson ends at 15:30/16:30. After that lots of them participate club activities and go home at 19:00. Most of them have club activities on Saturdays&Sundays. Of course they have to study so they spend a kind of busy life. They have most of their lessons at their homeroom class and they take part in various events like cultural festival, sports festival, school trip with classmates. So they have a strong sense of belonging in their class.
Last year I was in charge of international education at the high school I worked at and I feel that this is very important in today’s world. Through introducing Japanese culture to foreign students, I would like to help promote their cross-cultural understanding. Of course I’d like to help students study the Japanese language as well. After coming back to Japan, I would like to use what I learned in Finland to help my students, my school, and education in Kyoto and Japan. I really hope to make a great contribution to society by conveying what I have learned.
I have deep and varied interests and I have a strong desire to continue learning new things. I believe we should be stimulated and developed by having a lot of experiences and communicating with people with different values and backgrounds. So I want to treasure every encounter and every new experience here. I hope many of you will learn some about Japan and that you become more interested in Japanese culture. I am really looking forward to talking with you!Non SolumKevät 201720.3.2017