I Live in Kyoto
The first time I saw Kyoto in its full beauty was in 2007 when I came to Japan on holiday. After a long flight from London I felt pretty tired, but the feeling of excitement of visiting Japan was overwhelming. I was so happy to be in Japan and spent two wonderful weeks visiting various areas including Tokyo and Yokohama. Kyoto left the biggest impression on me. At that time I couldn’t even dream of living here one day. But as the saying goes… “anything is possible”. In 2010 I was again on a flight from London, but this time, I was leaving Europe for good determined to find work and a good life here.
I Teach English in Katsura
After a few months, I found a solid job opportunity at SSE. I was given a chance to start coaching at a branch in Osaka. Working in a friendly, open and stable environment was a big improvement compared to my previous teaching jobs. It was a great learning experience and preparation for the next step on my personal and professional journey. In 2013 one of Smith’s franchise branches in Kyoto became available for a new ownership. By that time I was confident and well versed in Smith’s English coaching philosophy. More importantly I felt comfortable within Smith’s organization and the whole collective. Thus I became a proud owner of SSE Katsura branch. This branch is located in the southern part of Kyoto city, near the Hankyu Katsura Station. Coaching English Conversation lessons to students of various ages and various backgrounds has been exciting and very fulfilling the whole time. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this job.
I’ve been living in Japan for almost 13 years now. My daughter was born here. Every day I can go to my school on my bicycle and enjoy the natural beauty of Kyoto. When I cycle along the Katsura river I sometimes ponder how lucky I am to be able to enjoy such a good way of life here in Japan. Having plenty of free time allows me to experience other traditional aspects of Japanese life. I can also focus on developing my other passion, which is drawing with ink. I do not think all of this would be quite possible without joining the SSE the many years ago and staying together since. And I’m certainly looking forward to continuing doing so!
Tom, SSE Katsura
We have a good work/life balance don’t we. Enjoyed reading your story Tom.
We certainly do, Jim. Thank you for reading.
Michael Drum says
I like your story Tom. Good job indeed.
Thank you, Michael.
Michael Drum says
Great personal story. Thanks Tom.
Thanks! And thank you for reading.