Hi there! My name is Zhou Que and you can call me ゾウ. I’m from China, more specifically, Shanghai. It’s a really fascinating city and there are a lot of delicious food such as xiaolongbao and Shanghai carbs. It’s convenient here for me to buy Chinese food if I miss hometown food and also because I am terrible at cooking. My hobbies are calligraphy, horseback riding, playing badminton and watching TV series.
Currently, I am a student of an English program called CBCMP in Osaka University. I’ve been in Japan since last late September. Although my Japanese hasn’t improved that much, my life in Japan is still fun and fulfilling.
I hope we will have a good chatting time together.
Hello everybody! my name is Fadhi Aulia, I would like to introduce myself as the
newest working staff at the English cafe!. I was born and raised in the capital city of Indonesia.
One thing you need to know about me is I am an Extrovert, which means I love talking to people. I believe everyone has their own stories and point of view in life so to have the opportunity to do this and also learn in the process is more than I could ever asked for.
going to Japan for University was a no brainer for me. I always had the adoration for this country and the thought of looking at things from a different side of the world will surely help my dream of working in the United Nations. one of the reasons I decided to go study abroad was the thought of having to adjust to a new culture and to add a new language at my disposal, this will help me a lot for my future goals. I had the opportunity to study my senior year of high school in Rome and during that time I realized that I matured and learned things about the world that I would never have known If I took the safe road and stayed at my comfort zone. that is why I believe that going to university in Japan is the perfect choice for me to further grow as a person and go exploring again.
Hi! My name is Luca and with you and me talking to each other, I hope we'll not only explore the English language together, but also just have a great time!
I'm 21 years old and a German-born freelance writer, translator and photographer.
I'm sure we'll have a lot to talk about and even more to learn from each other!
My name is Brynada Hardiman, you can call me ブリナダ. I’m from Indonesia, the country that has 5 islands. I am from Java island and I live in West Java. There are lots of sightseeing spots in my hometown. I am a freshmen student in Ritsumeikan University majoring policy science. I came to Japan on September 2018 and right now, I’ve been living in Japan for a month.
I enjoy reading books, and currently I’m reading a book named Botchan. I also like to taste new foods, since I’ve been in Japan for quite a while my favorite Japanese food is Donburi. I spend my weekend on doing sports, travelling with my friends, and sometimes I watch movies too.
I’m looking forward to learn new things from you in English Cafè.
My name is Nanshun. This is my stage name because I am a professional kodan storyteller. People who perform kodan are called "kodanshi." I have been a kodanshi for 5 years.
I have lived in Japan for 11 years. I came from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. I came to Japan because I wanted to study Japanese history. I went to shrines, temples, and museums to find out about history in this country. Finally, I became very interested in the Edo Period, from the Bakumatsu to Meiji Restoration. When I became a kodanshi, my favorite stories to tell were about Sakamoto Ryoma and Saigo Takamori.
I have travelled to 24 prefectures in Japan. I have been as far North as Niigata, and as far South as Kagoshima. My favorite places to visit are Kyoto, Kochi, Nagasaki, and Kagoshima.
While learning history, I have also learned about kimono dressing. I have a large kimono collection. I enjoy wearing kimono. You may see me wearing kimono.
Because I have lived in Japan for so long, I can only remember what the United States used to be before I left, so my knowledge of the USA may not be helpful to advanced students. In my free time, I watch world history documentaries, so I know a lot of things about the world, not only the USA. I may be more helpful to beginning students because I can speak Japanese.
I hope to see you at English Cafe 和. It would be my pleasure to speak with you!
Hello! My name is Marife and I’m from the Philippines. At present, I’m studying in Osaka University’s English program and I am on my first year. Usually, I spend my day in the library just reading news and other current events worldwide, especially those related to technology and politics.
But maybe that is a bit boring for you so let me tell you about my other interests or favorite things that I like to do. One of them is traveling. I like to go and discover interesting places especially if they’re not very crowded and famous yet. In the future, I intend to travel in the rural areas in Japan and perhaps do some volunteer work.
Another one of my hobbies is reading books. I love reading books since I was a kid and I think that was a key factor why I was able to learn English really well. I like reading non-fiction books, especially those that are related to Psychology like The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Sometimes I also read fictional stories like detective stories (e.g. Sherlock Holmes) and mystery novels by Agatha Christie. Recently, Western producers have made these classic detective stories into movies or television series and I also enjoyed watching those. I typically watch movies but only if it’s a mystery, action or superhero kind of film.
Lastly, I am also passionate about music. I always play some music no matter what I’m doing. I mostly listen to English songs from bands like Planetshakers, Hillsong, One Republic or The Script. But sometimes I also listen to Japanese bands such as Spyair, UverWorld, One OK Rock and FLOW. I like bands because I know how to play the guitar and piano but I’m not yet very good so I try to practice at least once a week.
I’m looking forward to talking with you about various things!
My name is Tsuda Ekaterina.
I`m from Sakhalin, Russia. In Sakhalin I`ve graduated from the Pedagogical Institute, I`m a qualified English and Japanese teacher. After graduation from the university I`ve been working at a Japanese government organization in Sakhalin. In 2000 I came to Japan, so, I`ve been living in Japan for 17 years. First, I came to Hokkaido as an international student to study at the undergraduate course at the University of Hokkaido, my specialty was Japanese literature of Taisho period. Then I got married to a Japanese and moved to Takatsuki 8 years ago. I am now an English teacher for adults and children. My hobbies are travelling, cooking and watching movies.
Hi, My Name is PANT Shiva.
I am from India and currently studying at Ritsumeikan University. My major is Community and Regional Policy Science(CRPS). My hobbies are to listen to music. In addition to that, I love playing soccer. Travelling is my passion. Till now my favorite place in Japan is Mt. Fuji. Though I don't know what lies in my future because I believe in the motto "to live in the present and to enjoy the moment".
Hello everyone, I am Soochi.
I am from India, a country famous for Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the world) and its spices along with spicy food. In India i completed my 12 years of education and now i am in Japan pursuing Policy Science from Ritsumeikan University. japan has amazed me from its perfection and has always been my dream place to live and finally i got it. Being social and interacting with people is not just me hobby but also my interest and i enjoy it. It gives us a chance to learn something we don`t know and teach something they don`t know. My hobbies are writing romantic poetry and fiction. i love playing badminton,dancing and trying new dishes.
This was all about me now i am waiting and looking forward to see you all talk to you and know about you.
Hello! I am Tanya Ghai and I am 18 years old.
I'm from India, currently studying Policy Science in Ritsumeikan University, Ibaraki. I
love talking to new people, reading books and most of all, I love shopping. I am a true foodie at heart and take an interest in trying new food. I aspire to become an English professor one day.
Hope to have many interactions with you :).
My name is Tabita, I come from Chile, the very other side of the world. My mother language is Spanish and I also can communicate properly in Portuguese. The main goal of my coming to Japan is to research on Zen philosophy. I enjoy reading, drawing and listening to music (specially rock, jazz and Brazilian music), but my number one passion is… studying! Mostly anything that can be learnt is interesting to me, so no matter what you talk about, I always look forward to learn something new from you!
My name is Lory from Philippines. I have been in Japan for almost 14 years. I’m a pure Filipina but Japan has been my dream country to live and to work ever since I was a kid. I admire many things about Japan including the culture, transportation system and the people who are polite and hospitable. I love cooking, talking to the people and sight seeing. In my free time I enjoy meeting friends, walking and window shopping. I am funny, friendly and a good listener. I am very happy to be part of English Café Wa.
“Hello, my name is Jess Frankel. I’m from Toronto, Canada, and I’ve been living in Japan for about twenty-seven years—half my life! I have lived in many cities over the years, but I like Osaka the best. The food, the people...everything is great. I hope that we can learn from each other.”
My name is Martin and I am originally from Cornwall. That is the most southern part of England. I went to school and Art College in England and after working there for some years then moved to Africa where I lived and worked for over 20 years as an artist.
My wife is Japanese, we met and married in England and then came to live in Japan. I still paint but now more as a hobby. I like Live music, mostly Blues or Traditional Jazz, fishing for trout, reading and doing code word-that’s a type of crossword.
I’m really looking forward to meeting as many students of English as I can and at the same time learn and find out about Japanese culture and attitude to life so let’s get together soon.
Remember, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life, so what are you waiting for?
My name is Roberto, I am from Italy and my hometown is called Torino.
Torino is a wonderful art city in the northwest of Italy. It is famous for the chocolate called “Gianduiotti”, the Winter Olympic Games 2006 and Juventus (My favorite soccer team!).
I love Italian food, my favorite is Pizza Margherita and I can cook pasta very well! But I love Japanese food too! Especially, Sushi and Yakitori!
My hobbies are sports, above all I like soccer, MotoGP and basketball. Moreover, I can climb mountains and ski.
I also like travelling, watching movies and Japanese animations!
Now I am living in Osaka. I moved to Japan one year ago wherein I am working as a cancer researcher.
I am really enjoying my new life in Japan!
Nice to meet you!
Hello there! My name is Yoshie Sasagawa. I’m from Malaysia and if you’re wondering why I have a Japanese name, well that’s because I’m partly Japanese! I’ve got the best of both worlds basically. I am a university student in Japan and I’m really keen on meeting new people and especially having conversations with them because we can learn from one another. It’s also all about having a good chat, having fun and relaxing.
So, what are you waiting for? Come on over and unwind while learning English with everyone!
Hello, my name is Rizky Fajar Pratama, you can call me Rizky. I`m from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. But I only lived in Indonesia for only 10 years. The first time I came to Japan was during the age of 6 until I finished my 4th year of elementary school. After that I went back to Indonesia for short term and went to United State, until I finished my Junior High School. For my high school I went back to Indonesia, but now I`m here in Japan for University. The thing I love about Japan is, the culture, it is very interesting. My hobby is playing sports, especially basketball and soccer.
I want to meet and talk to many different people and hear many kinds of stories. I also hope that I can learn many different kind of things, such as Japanese culture and everyday life. I can`t wait to talk to everyone so please come and talk to me.
Hello hello! My name is Mairtin Steinkamp, but everyone calls me Mars. I’m a software engineer from San Francisco, California working for a video game developer in Osaka. I graduated from the University of California, Davis and have been living in Japan for a little over a year now. Some of my interests include baseball, new technologies, live music (especially Blues!) and exploring new places!
I love meeting new people and hearing about their adventures, so I am looking forward to meeting you and hearing about your travels abroad!
Hi! My name is Sena, Japanese-Filipino, 4th year student from Kwansei Gakuin University. I used to live in the Philippines for 10 years and went back to Japan for high-school. I speak Tagalog, English, and Japanese, so I can share how I learned three languages at the same time.:)
I love traveling,
surfing, and cooking. In my free time, I visit art galleries, hang out with my friends, and work at an Italian restaurant. I also love to try things
that I've never done before like swimming with whale sharks, over-night hike on the mountain, pottery and many other things! Can't wait to share different
experience with you all! See you soon!
I'm Anu from Sri Lanka. I'm graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Majoring Mathematics, Computer Science & Management. I was a Rugby Rider of University team & have participated in many activities also. I'm keen on travelling, watching sports, reading books etc. My main ambition is to do a Master degree and Doctoral degree at last in Osaka University. Currently I'm teaching English and getting refresh my mind to live happily.
I got married to Erandi, who is currently studying her Master degree in Chemistry at Osaka University and will be continuing till Doctoral degree.
Those who want to improve your English, just come and see me.Those who want to have fun lesson, just come and see me. Those who are sick of boring classes, just come and see me. I can open a door to the new world for you!
Hi my name is Noboru Andrew Tsunemine Weiser. I usually go by Noboru or Nobo. I am half Japanese Half American. I am 19 years old and was born and raised in America. However, I spent every summer growing up in Japan for several months at a time. I can speak both English and Japanese fluently and also a little bit of French and Spanish. I usually work on Thursdays from 2- 4 pm during the beginners free talk so please come by and say Hi!
My name is Terje, but you can call me テリエ. I’m from Norway, a small kingdom in the northern part of Europe. Norway is best known for its fjords, mountainous landscape and export of salmon and crude oil. Don’t worry, vikings are (for the most part) extinct.
I have a bachelor's degree in Japanese from the University of Bergen, and a couple of years ago I went on a one year exchange to Hokkaido University of Education as part of my degree. This time around I’m in Osaka for about a years time on a working holiday visa. I like badminton, computer games and Japanese language/animation. However, my true passion lies in games by Nintendo!
三人寄れば文殊の知恵：I learned this proverb in the cafe, and I think it fits well in a language learning setting!
I’m looking forward to meeting all of you at English Cafe 和.
Hi! My name's Adinda Angelica and I'm 20 years old. I'm originally from Indonesia and am currently on an exchange program studying Policy Science in Ritsumeikan University, Ibaraki. Back at home, I study Urban Planning and I am very much interested in issues on urban development and politics.
During my free time, I love to read books, travel, and write. I love trying new out new things and learning from other people, so come on over and share your experiences too!
My name is Pierre, I am 21 years old and I come from France.
My major in university was Landscaping and at the same time I got my exam to be a personal trainer in the gym.
Last year I went to an international school in Toronto (Canada) to study English.
And now I am in Japan since October 2017.
I am in Japan with a working-holidays visa. I am learning Japanese in volunteer classes and working at the same time.
My hobbies are especially sports, travelling and learning new languages because it allowed me to be more open about our actual world and making my own opinion for different topics. I already travelled in England, Germany, Canada and now Japan.
I am really glad to be here in this English cafe to be able to share my young experience with you guys and to get in return your experience too.
I am really curious about everything and always want to learn more so please let’s share together our cultures and our experiences.
I am looking forward to meeting you and exchanging together.
So, please have a wonderful day, take care and see you soon in Cafe WA!
G'day! My name is Matt. I'm from Brisbane, Australia. I love playing tennis & darts.
In class, I like students to teach me about Japan in English. For example, festivals & the Tigers. Look forward to seeing you around! Cheers,
My name’s Sean, and I’m from the Philippines. Back in my home university, I’m a Linguistics major, and I’m minoring in Japanese. I’m in Japan right now for an exchange program, mainly so that I can brush up on my Japanese! I’m really into music and games, and I find different countries’ cultures, histories, and languages particularly interesting.
Since I’m in Japan right now, and I’m really interested in learning more about what life is like here, don’t hesitate to start a conversation!
Good Day and nice to meet you here! I am Hong from Malaysia, 23 years old undergraduate student currently having exchange program in Osaka Japan! I can speak English, Chinese, Malay and also Cantonese fluently!
My hobby? I will tell you more about myself when you ask me!
I am definitely like to hear new topics, perspectives, and your stories!
Together, let us make the world be a wonderful place!
Hello! My name is Josefine Kleespies and I‘m a university student from Germany. I study Japanology at my home university and now I‘m in Kansai University to improve my Japanese language skills.
My hobbies are reading and cooking. I like Japanese novels, although I can‘t read them in Japanese yet. I am very interested to talk with you about your interests. Please come and talk to me.
Nice to meet you, my name is Emma.
I come from Belgium, a small European country famous for its beer, chocolate, and waffles. Back in Belgium I was an university student majoring in Japanese. Right now I’m an exchange student at Kansai University.
My hobbies are travelling, taking pictures, watching movies, and eating. So I’m really happy to be living in Osaka because okonomiyaki is my favourite Japanese food.
I’m looking forward to talking to everyone and sharing our experiences.
Hello! My name is Jennifer, I am 20 years old, from Taiwan Taoyuan. I am currently studying at Kansai University as an exchange student. In my hometown university, I am majoring in Electronic engineering, though I study engineering, I still interest in language and culture, so that I apply for the exchange program and start for it.
My hobby is writing calligraphy and traveling. I have learned it for 5 or 6 years, therefore, recently I joined the calligraphy circle in Kansai University, it was really awesome.
Japan is a really foreign-friendly and safe country, I wish to talk and speak English with everyone in English café wa.
My name is Phoebe. I’m from Taipei, Taiwan. I will study in Kansai University for one year. I came to Osaka for improving my Japanese. Also, I want to learn more about the differences between Japan’s culture and Taiwan’s culture. My major is Applied Linguistics and Language Studies. I’m a senior student in my home university. I will graduate after going back to Taiwan.
Normally, I like to watch movie during weekend. I prefer old romantic movie. My favorite one is Note Book broadcasted in 2004. Although it was an old movie, old type movies show deeper emotion than new type movie. Besides, I love travel. I can't live without traveling in my life. Traveling can make me feel alive and have more passion with my life. I learned a lot from traveling such as reaction, communication, and adaptability. The most important thing is traveling makes me love my home town more and more.
I am really glad to be part of member in Wa Café. I really enjoyed every moment when I talked to everyone. I appreciated that lots of people willing to share their life experiences with me. Also, I am really willing to have conversation with every people in Wa café. Please feel free to ask me questions.