Victoria Campbell, but everyone calls me
I'm from Calgary in Canada. Near the
beautiful Rocky Mountians.
I like ballet dancing, reading, singing, and
hiking in the mountains.
schools do you teach at in Kanoya?
I actually don't teach at any schools in
Kanoya. I teach at Koyama High School,
Tarumizu High School and Minami Osumi High
some of the differences between Japan and
your home country?
This is a diｆficult question. In some ways
there are many differences between the
countries, but in many ways the countries
are a lot alike. The longer I spend in Japan
the less I notice the differences between
Japan and Canada. I think one of the
differences that I notice the most is the
food. Japanese food has a lot of flavors
that Canadian food doesn't have, the flavor
of miso for example. I'm amazed that many
Japanese people eat rice three times a day.
I can't eat rice more than three times a
week! In Canada we often eat pasta, bread,
or potatoes instead of rice.
surprised you most about Kanoya when you
The thing that surprised me the most when I
came to Kanoya was the beautiful scenery. I
grew up near the Canadian Rocky Mountains
and was happy to see that I would still be
living close to some mountains. I was amazed
at how green the mountains here are. I come
from a place that is very dry, so I am not
used to the lush greenery here. Plants grow
everywhere! I think this is one of the most
beautiful places in the world!
about your favourite shop/ restaurant/ place
/area in Kanoya.
I think I have to say that my favorite shop
is Nishimuta. Some of the ALTs like to call
it my favorite store because it is close to
my apartment and it is very convenient. It
has almost everything I need. I also enjoy
the beaches. Where I come from there are no
beaches because we are far from the ocean,
so I really enjoy visiting the beach,
especially when the weather is very hot.
something about yourself that the people of
Kanoya mightn't know.
Well, I took a recreational ballet class for
three years just before coming to Japan and
even danced in my ballet studio's recital. I
am an identical twin. There are six people
in my family and, even though I'm about
170cm, I'm the shortest one!
anything that you would like to achieve/
learn while you are here in Kanoya?
I want to learn as much as I can about
Japanese culture while I'm here. I love
Japanese festivals and want to participate
in as many as I can.
So how many of you out there knew that we
had a Ballet dancing ALT here in Kanoya
city? It was interesting to hear about how
there was no beaches anywhere near the town
where Vickie grew up, I couldn’t imagine not
living anywhere near the beach (another
reason why I am happy to be in Kanoya).
Vickie’s comments about the similarities
between Japan and Canada also made me think
about the similarities between Japan and my
own country. Sadly, Vickie will be leaving
us at the end of July to pursue her teaching
career back in Canada so if you see her
between now and then try to invite her to a