Our school has recently received the wonderful opportunity to host our very own cultural exchange teacher from Japan, Ms. Yoshimi Komoto. Ms. Komoto will be helping our students by teaching them about Japanese culture, aiding with our Japanese elective courses, and sharing her artistic knowledge around the school.
We interviewed our new Japanese Cultural Exchange teacher.
Learn more about Ms. Yoshimi Komoto here!
How was your flight to Vancouver?
It’s not bad! It was 8-9 hours long. I am from Osaka. I had to take an airplane from Osaka to Tokyo, then from Tokyo to Canada. I came to Canada in the middle of the night, it was 1AM in Japan and 9AM in Canada.
Where do you live?
I live in Steveston. It is a beautiful area.
Do you live by yourself, or with another family?
I stay with my Homestay family. My homestay family is very nice, there are four people living in the house. It is a mother, a daughter (11 year old), an older son (16 years old), and a grand-daughter.
How do you get to school?
I take the bus to school. It takes me 30 minutes to get to school.
Where are you from?
I am from Osaka, Japan. It is a big city, the second biggest in Japan. I live in the suburb. I live near the mountains and I sometimes see deer’s come down and they eat my flowers in the garden.
What is your school in Japan like?
My school is very big. There are 1200 students. I taught 40 students in each class. The students wear a school uniform.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like playing guitar, and swimming in the sea, and talking with my friends.
What is your favorite part about being a teacher?
I can meet lots of different people. I like to make the students happen, and they can receive their achievements. This makes me happy as well. I can also get lots of energy from my students.
Why did you decide to visit Canada as part of your cultural exchange?
I heard that Canada is a country with many different races and people. It’s called a ‘cultural mosaic’ in Japan. The longest I’ve travelled is 3 weeks in Cairnes, Australia. This would be the longest that I’ve ever travelled outside of my hometown.
How do you think Canadian students are different from Japanese students?
Most of the students in the school are international. I think our students are similar. They have their own identity and some art friendly and some are shy.
What are some of the things that you are helping with in Canada Royal Arts High School?
I will introduce the students to Japanese culture. I am interested in education for students with special needs. I would like to learn more and help them. I am helping the teachers in classes whenever they need extra support.
What are some interesting/weird things you have noticed after your first week in Canada?
In school, the biggest difference is the size of the school. We have a lot of meetings for each student and each student gets lots of support.
Are there any places you would like to visit in Vancouver?
I’d like to go where I can see Northern lights in Canada. Also in Richmond I would to visit Garry Point Park and Terry Nova Park.