all could you please tell us your name, what
part of the world youfre from, and which schools
you teach at in Kanoya.
Anya Boyle, from America. I teach at Kanoya
Higashi-chu, Takasu-chu, Kotobukikita-sho,
Kotobuki-sho, Kasanohara-sho, Takasu-sho,
brought you to Japan?
I studied Japanese history in university and was
interested in learning more about the
you like to do in your free time?
Ifm a pretty introverted person so I spend a lot
of time by myself watching movies/tv or reading.
I like taking little trips on the weekends as
well, like to Kagoshima city or Fukuoka or just
generally exploring the prefecture.
you think is the best thing about living in
The best thing about living in Kanoya is
definitely the people. Theyfre very friendly and
helpful and generally very welcoming.
you think is the least appealing aspect of
living in Kanoya?
The least appealing thing about Kanoya for me is
just its size, which is a personal preference.
Ifm from a fairly large-sized city in America
and generally prefer city life to the more
ginakah lifestyle in Kanoya. Itfs not terrible
here, itfs just not what I prefer.
your favourite spots, shops and restaurants in
Honestly, I donft leave my house very much, but
I do really like most of the restaurants Ifve
been to in Kanoya. I have a soft spot for
Italian food, so I really like Solo Solo and
Della Sera. I do really enjoy izakaya as well.
came to Kanoya over a year ago, was it your
first time in Japan? If no, when had you been in
Japan before? Was there anything that surprised
you about life in Japan?
Yes, it was my first time in Japan. I didnft
really have any expectations when I first came,
but one thing that surprised me was that almost
every person I came across was surprised to find
out that I knew how to use chopsticks or that I
had encountered Japanese food in places other
than Japan. I was surprised that people were so
surprised that I was interested in Japan.
anything about life in Japan that youfve found
hard to get used to?
I still canft get used to the fact that ATMs
close at 7:30. Seems kind of counterproductive
ever lived overseas before? If so, could you
tell us a little about it please?
I was born in Germany because my father was in
the Air Force, but moved to California when I
was 3 months old, so I donft remember it at all.
you miss most about your home country?
Honestly, just the food. Mexican food and good
you think are some of the most striking cultural
differences between your home country and Japan?
The general idea of doing whatfs best for the
group (in Japan) as opposed to the individual
(in America) I think is the most drastic
difference Ifve noticed. Americans are generally
very self-centered and always worried about how
things will affect them or how they get
something done to their own advantage while in
Japan Ifve noticed the opposite. Itfs more about
gHow can I make this better for everyone?h I
donft think either is better than the other, but
theyfre definitely very different.
people in your country learn from the lifestyles
of people in Japan, or the Japanese way of
getting things done?
I think American people could learn to be a
little more patient and polite and a little less
concerned with only themselves.
people in Japan learn from the lifestyles and
ways of doing things in your home country?
I donft really know that I can answer this
question very well because the Japanese people
seem to have figured out a way of doing things
that works well for themselves. Ifm sure on an
individual level there are things they could
learn, but as a whole, Japan seems to have
everything fairly figured out. The only thing I
would change is that I think Japanese people
could be more direct when speaking with
foreigners, but I think that the vagueness is
something thatfs so ingrained in their culture
and their language even, that thatfs something
that would be very difficult to overcome.
please tell us a little about something youfve
taken up since you came to Kanoya?
I go to a cooking class about once a month with
the other ALTs in Kanoya, which is a lot of fun.
We donft do a lot of the actual cooking, but
itfs a fun experience and one of my only
opportunities to eat real home-cooked Japanese
food. Ifve also tried calligraphy a few times
but Ifve discovered Ifm fairly terrible at it.
any particular parts of Japanese culture that
youfd like to learn more about during your time
I would like to visit more temples and shrines
in the Kagoshima area. Ifve seen a few, but not
many of the ones near Kanoya. The shrines are a
very beautiful part of Japanese culture, and I
find visiting them quite peaceful.
done now! Could you please tell us something
about yourself that the people of Kanoya might
not know about you?
As well as English, I can also speak Dutch and
Spanish. And not nearly as much Japanese as I
finally, is there anything you would like to say
to the people of Kanoya, any words of
inspiration or a maxim to live by?
I think, if you want to learn more about the
world, travel! Itfs the best way to experience
how people live differently from you and itfs a
lot of fun as well.