I’m from Canada and although I am living and teaching English in Japan, I find samples and moments of Canadian culture right here in Japan. Some examples are Maple syrup, the book “Ann of Green Gables”, “Canada Dry” ginger ale and music from singer Celine Dion. I think that it’s good that Japanese people are exposed to Canadian culture as it may lead them to an interest in the English language and hopefully to studying English with me at my English conversation school, Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi , located in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Some of my students there have told me that they had to read “Anne of Green Gables” in high school. The author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was Canadian. What’s funny is that I’ve never read it myself, even though I’m Canadian! (^.^) I enjoy sharing my Canadian culture with my students.
The world famous Cirque du Soleil (French for “Circus of the Sun”) is from Canada, the province of Quebec to be more exact, where I am also from. Last week, Cirque du Soleil gave a show (“Corteo”) in Osaka and my wife and I went to see it. As we made our way to the entrance, my Japanese wife happily noticed the Quebec and Canadian flags streaming in the breeze at the top of the circus tent (you can see the circus tent on the photo). Yay! To see my home country and province’s flags there and going to see a show put on by a Canadian company in Japan was great! The show was amazing and both I and my wife had a fabulous time! I highly recommend seeing Cirque du Soleil if you get a chance! You can check out their shows going on around the world at their home page here. Enjoy! (^.^)
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi