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Home of the Brave…

Hi! My name is Dan and I’m from America. I teach English here at JIU and have been living in Japan for over five years now. I try to get back to America as much as I can. While there are many places in the US to visit, one of my favorite places is Chicago, which is located in the “Midwest” next to Lake Michigan.

Chicago is famous for sports like the Chicago Bulls basketball team and Michael Jordan, and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Chicago is famous for its great Chicago-style thick-crusted pizza and blues and jazz festivals in the summer. In the winter it can get pretty cold and windy, hence the city’s nickname – the Windy City. You may not know this, but the first World’s Fair held in the United States was in Chicago in 1893. Did you know that Japan had a World’s Fair or Expo in 2005?

If you ever get a chance to visit and or study in Chicago, you will love it there. The people are really friendly and there are many things to do in the city and the surrounding areas, from art museums to music festivals, and amusement parks. To the north, in Wisconsin, you can go camping and canoeing in the vast array of rivers and lakes, eating cheese along the way. Either way, you’ll be able to find adventure in Chicago and the greater Midwest. Just don’t forget to bring some mufflers!


Chicago, USA


World Reports

  1. 箇条書き項目Melbourne

  2. 箇条書き項目Barcelona

  3. 箇条書き項目Chicago

  4. 箇条書き項目London

  5. 箇条書き項目Port Alberni

  1. 箇条書き項目Germany

  2. 箇条書き項目Los Angeles

  3. 箇条書き項目London Part 2

  4. 箇条書き項目Pacific Northwest

  5. 箇条書き項目Chile

  6. 箇条書き項目Brazil


Melbourne, Australia

What in the world!









Yo nací en Barcelona y me crié en Madrid. Siempre que me preguntan “¿cuál de las dos ciudades te gusta más?”, me ponen en un aprieto, ya que me encantan ambas ciudades.

Barcelona es una urbe muy cosmopolita y de influencia europea. Su arquitectura es muy particular fruto del trabajo de Antoni Gaudí y el movimiento modernista.

Madrid es el centro económico del país y aglutina a gente de muy diversa procedencia. Cuenta con unos magníficos museos y es famosa por su animada vida nocturna.

Mucha gente habla de la enemistad que hay entre las dos ciudades; algo similar a lo que pueda tal vez ocurrir entre Tokio y Osaka. Sin embargo, pienso que hay mucho de exageración. Ambos lugares son muy abiertos a los visitantes y nos muestran aspectos diferentes de la rica cultura española. ¡No dejéis de visitar tanto Barcelona como Madrid si vais a España!


Barcelona, Spain

Fantastic restaurants? Funky boutiques? Café-filled laneways? Magnificent food?  Outstanding museums?  Unbeatable galleries? Culture, ranging from Indigenous Aboriginal to European, and from many other exciting countries? Luscious Parks and Gardens? White Beaches? Great surfing? The Great Ocean Road? Cute Fairy Penguins? Panning for Gold? Delicious Wines? Exciting Sport- Australian Open Tennis Tournament in January, Australian Football in Winter, Cricket in Summer and Golf 365 Days A Year? Cultural Festivals? Music Festivals? Comedy Festivals? Warm and friendly people?

Well, if you are interested, Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city has all these things and much, much more. 

So, what are you waiting for?  Buy your plane ticket and you will be there in about 10 hours.

Our language teachers come from a wide range of countries and cultures. With them they have invaluable insight into the world beyond Japan - what it’s like living there, the kind of sightseeing there, and what to eat and do there. Scroll down to view the teachers’ world reports. If you have questions or comments, stop by the Center or campus they teach at and strike up a conversation with them. I’m sure they’d love to chat - in English, Spanish or other language. Check out this page and Page 2 for more “World Reports” from our teachers.

Here are some questions for you to think about:

  1. 1.Have you ever traveled overseas?

  2. 2.What countries have you been to?

  3. 3.What country have you always wanted to visit?

  4. 4.What do you want to do there?

  5. 5.Why do you want learn a second language?





One of the world’s most interesting cities...


Every year more than 9 million people from all over the world come to visit London. Why? They come because the city is full of theatres and museums, interesting old buildings, many of which are hundreds of years old, beautiful parks and wonderful pubs where you can enjoy English food and ales. They also come to shop, to see Big Ben or the Tower of London, and more than a million visitors each year go to St Paul’s Cathedral. Food? Well, in London you can enjoy food from nearly every country in the world and also try local dishes like fish and chips or roast beef. And don’t be put off by what you’ve heard about the weather. If you’re lucky, you can experience glorious weather at any time of the year. You’ll find that London is one of the most interesting cities in the world!


London, England





Hi there. I’m Mike. I’m from Canada, from a small logging town on Vancouver Island. The name of my home town is Port Alberni. When I say “logging,” I mean that the main industry of my home town is cutting down and replanting trees to make paper and wood. In fact, when I was in university, my summer job was working in a pulp and paper factory. Indeed, until recently, most people in the West of Canada worked in some form of natural resource industry such as forestry, mining or fishing.

My home town was small, but we had everything we needed. And in just a short drive, we could be in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. In fact, it’s because of all of this natural beauty that tourism has become one of the leading industries in the country. If you should choose to study abroad in Victoria at our sister school of Camosun College, I urge you to explore the more remote areas of Vancouver Island. You’ll understand why people come from all over the world to visit Canada.

After university, I lived for several years in Florence, Italy; London, England and also Berlin, Germany. Then in 1992, I moved to Japan. I have lived here working at JIU ever since. I like living in Japan, and now in many ways I feel Japan is more my home than Canada. Still, when I go back to Canada, I always feel happy to be back in those wide open spaces!

Canada is a big country, but in 1996, I was lucky enough to have the time to explore it from coast to coast. I rented a car in Victoria, British Columbia and I drove all the way across Canada to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Round trip, I drove over 19,000 kilometres in 43 days. I went to every capital city and did a LOT of detours to see points of interest. Would you like to see some pictures and learn a little bit about Canada? Ok, here is a log of my trip that you can see online. I hope you enjoy it.


Port Alberni, Canada

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  2. 箇条書き項目Barcelona

  3. 箇条書き項目Chicago

  4. 箇条書き項目London

  5. 箇条書き項目Port Alberni

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