Q: Where are you from? What’s your favorite thing about your home country?

A: I come from the Land Down Under, also known as Australia. My hometown is Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. My favourite thing about Australia would have to be the platypus. It looks like a cross between a duck and a beaver, or for you Pokemon fans out there, it looks exactly like Kodakku.

Q: What did you enjoy doing when you were a kid?

A: As a kid, I used to like riding my bike. My friends and I were always trying to discover new places we’d never seen before, to find out what was beyond the next horizon. Ah, the good old days!

Q: What did you do before becoming an English teacher?

A: Before coming to Japan, I worked in a bookstore for three and a half years. At the same time, I was studying computer programming language concepts at university. It was a good job, but the problem was I spent most of my paycheck on books!

Q: What’s your favorite Japanese food?

A: I love okonomiyaki. I do not like takoyaki. No, they are not the same.

Q: Why did you want to live in Japan?

A: I’ve had a thing for Asian art, specifically Japanese art, for a most of my life. I like kanji characters, bonsai trees, pictures and statues of dragons, and shoji screens. I wanted to visit Japan for as long as I can remember to experience the culture. Once I finally got here, I knew this is where I wanted to be. Fifteen years later, I’m still here.