Katsumi Watanabe, High School Program Coordinator

Katsumi Watanabe, High School Program Coordinator

I was born and raised in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan where it is known as “Gyoza Town”.  This is a story over thirty years ago, but the high school I attended was strongly involved with the exchange programs. Every year the school hosted a student from overseas for the whole school year and as a return, a few students were sent to the USA to attend high schools at different locations. From the intercultural experience I had with the exchange students, I had interest in the world outside of Japan and was determined to go overseas. I was fortunate enough to travel to different countries and areas as a professional tour guide. After I got married and came to Canada, I’ve taught Japanese to Canadian students, and to Japanese-Canadian Second Generation children. My son who is about to start university was born and raised in Canada but because he has studied Japanese since he was a small child, the language we use together is always Japanese.

The thing I like to do is cooking, especially I love making Japanese food. I attempt to cook a new recipe every month. I’m a big figure skating fan as well. The figure skating season starts in October and I intend to watch as many competitions on TV, and via internet stream as I ca.

I have two years of studying abroad experience. When I look back that time, I have small regrets like “I should have done this, and I should have done that.” From my experience, I think that there are three keys to have success in overseas. One: To set up your own goals. Two: Don’t wait until someone talks to you. You start talking. Three: Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and always keep trying.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me, my job is to support you to make your life in Canada memorable! I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.

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