My name is Simon. I was born in Wales, UK. When I was 18, I emigrated to Australia with my family. In Australia I studied Physics at university. I first became interested in Japan when I started teaching English at a Japanese church in Melbourne while I was looking for a job. During that time I made lots of Japanese friends. After doing that for 6 months I went to Japan and did a working holiday for 18 months.
While in Japan I taught part-time at Nova. I also gave English lessons at an OMF church. I lived in Saitama-ken near Urawa. For 10 months of my stay I did homestay with a Japanese family. I enjoyed my time in Japan very much and didn't want to leave when my visa expired.
I returned to Australia I worked in Sydney with Macquarie University doing research into lasers
for three and half years. After that I returned to Japan and spent a year at
Chiba University doing laser research.
I'm currently working for a company in Shinjuku checking the English of scientific papers. When I'm not working, I enjoy going bushwalking, playing the violin, studying Japanese and taking photos.
Things I like about Japan:
Things I'm not so keen about in Japan:
Me taking a class at a church in Urawa, Saitama-ken
Group photo after the lesson
Me teaching a class in Melbourne
Some of the students from the Melbourne class
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Last modified: 14th January 2004