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      Interview with Vickie Campbell
鹿屋市ALTのヴィッキー直撃インタビュー!!

What's your name?
Victoria Campbell, but everyone calls me Vickie

Where are you from?
I'm from Calgary in Canada. Near the beautiful Rocky Mountians.

What are your hobbies?
I like ballet dancing, reading, singing, and hiking in the mountains.

What 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 School.

What are 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.

What surprised you most about Kanoya when you arrived here?
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!

Tell us 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.

Tell us 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!

Is there 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.

Nathan’s Comments:
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 local festival.
 

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  Interview with Diana Crawford
 
鹿屋市ALTのダイアナへ直撃インタビュー!!

What's your name?
Diana Crawford

Where are you from?
New Zealand.
The place where I grew up is called Cannington and it is a small farming community near Timaru.

What are your hobbies?
Playing volleyball, going walking and reading books.

What schools do you teach at in Kanoya?
I teach at Kanoya Higashi junior high, Tasaki junior high, both Takasu junior high and Takasu elementary school as well as Kasanohara elementary, Kotobuki elementary, Kotobuki Kita elementary and Hamada elementary school.

What are some of the differences between Japan and your home country?
The number of people and therefore the lack of open space here in Japan,
and the size of the roads - they are much wider back home.
The difference in working hours, most people in NZ work 8.30 - 5 and then go home almost as soon as work finishes, very different to here.
The method of cooking, I miss having an oven!

What surprised you most about Kanoya when you arrived here?
The fact that this is a "city" of 105,000 people yet I have a field out the back of my house, so looking out of my window you would think that I lived in the country or a small town.
Also the temperature of the sea water in summer, it was hot!

Tell us about your favourite shop/ restaurant/ place /area in Kanoya.
I love the area out around Hamada beach, it is so beautiful and I am so happy I have schools out there.
I also really like the Kirishimagaoka Park area and the view from there.
One of my favourite restaurants is the small restaurant Bondo across the road from the City Hall, they have the best set menus and they are so reasonable. The chicken katsu is really yummy but so big!

Tell us something about yourself that the people of Kanoya mightn't know.
Well I grew up on a farm and then went to boarding school when I was 12 so, I effectively moved out of home when I was 12.
I guess that is kind of interesting.

Is there anything that you would like to achieve/ learn while you are here in Kanoya?
I want to learn how to cook a whole range of Japanese food as it is all so delicious.

Nathan’s Comments:
I’m really glad we have Diana working here in Kanoya as an ALT.
Not only because she is one of the hardest working ALTs in the city, but also because she is our only Kiwi ALT.
There are not that many Kiwis in Japan (let alone Kagoshima) so I hope Diana has the chance to teach everyone here in Kanoya about New Zealand’s culture as well as giving them all strong Kiwi accents.

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      Interview with John Quarles

What's your name?
John Quarles

Where are you from?
The United States; Tennessee

What are your hobbies?
Reading, music, watching American football, running

What schools do you teach at in Kanoya?
Kushira, Kamiobaru, Hosoyamada, and Mobiki elementary and middle schools.

What are some of the differences between Japan and your home country?
American stores are generally open a lot later (banks too), but Japan has about a billion more vending machines.
Trash disposal in the US is much more convenient, though environmentally irresponsible (I think most trash goes to landfills, though recycling is growing in popularity).
There are as many types of colas and soft drinks in the US as there are types of canned coffees in Japan.
Roads all have names in the US and this makes navigation easier. No, possible. It makes navigation possible.

What suprised you most about Kanoya when you arrived here?
I was prepared to find Kanoya very rural, but I was pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of stores on the bypass and Kotobuki. The surrouding areas, particularly Kinko bay and Kihoku, are more beautiful than I would`ve thought.

Tell us about your favourite shop/ restaurant/ place /area in Kanoya.
I love Max-Valu for being open 24 hours and having half-price food at night. I really enjoy the drive up to Tarumizu on 220 and up to Kihoku. Kenkou plaza and Rina city are fun, and I like the recycle shops on Kotobuki.

Tell us something about yourself that the people of Kanoya mightn't know.
I teach English now but actually taught and tutored math before coming to Kanoya.

Is there anything that you would like to achieve/ learn while you are here in kanoya?
Learn more Japanese, make friends, learn about Japanese culture and gain greater perspective on my own.

Nathan’s Comments:
We certainly have a lot of interesting ALTs here in Kanoya city. I was so surprised to hear that John used to be a math teacher. Maybe he should start teaching his Japanese students math in English. Also, I really enjoyed his answer about what surprised him most about Kanoya city. I am now looking forward to hearing from the rest of the ALTs and their thoughts about Kanoya.

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