Sunset in Sannomiya, Hyogo.
I suppose I should start with my name, I’m Michael Holsworth. I am from Calgary, Canada and I came to Japan in 2002. Like many foreigners who come to Japan, I was looking for a change in my life and thought that being a teacher in Japan was the way. I have worked in all levels of education in Japan from kindergartens through to university, where I am currently working. For me, teaching has become a way of life that I am just not willing to leave yet.
Enough about my work life, what about me? Why am I the one writing this blog for Wa-Kei and not some other foreigner? Good question, and I really don’t have a good answer. I guess it boils down to that old adage of being in the right place at the right time. So what makes me qualified to write this blog? Well, I am interested in, and sometimes confused by Japan, its culture and its people. I have been to over 30 countries, speak 3 languages, beaten cancer and can even boast that I survived a cruise ship catching on fire and sinking (yes, my own personal Titanic), but life in Japan is still a wonder for me with an endless supply of surprises. I guess that is why I enjoy life here so much.
I hope that you will tune in to the Wa-Kei website every now and again to read, what I hope will be some interesting comments about life in a country that I call home.