I used to be a teacher at an elementary school, but changed a job and became a French language teacher. I met some Japanese students there and made me want to teach French in Japan. That is why I came to Japan.
How do you like teaching in Japan?
I feel very welcomed. Students seem to be happy learning French. The first time I came to Japan was 5 years ago, but I am happy to be back to Japan. This country and people are very nice.
What kind of students do you have?
Most of my students are from 50s to 60s. I teach near Kyoto University, so I also teach university students as well. Sometimes, housewives and children come to take my lessons. I also teach French to four students at NHK in Kobe once every other week.
What is the difference between teaching in Japan and France?
Japanese people have respects to teachers. They listen to me very well. However, I wish they could be a little bit more active when we have some activities.
You are not called “teacher” in France?
I am called by my name or “Mr.” in France.
Do you have any favorite place near your house?
My favorite place is a temple where I can see many fish and turtles. I have climbed mountains since I like mountains as well.
What was your image of Japan before you moved to Japan?
My image of Japan was very futuristic, cold, having many touristy places yet rich in nature.
Did your image change?
As for people in Kyoto, I realized they are a little bit colder than people in Tokyo, but my image didn’t change.
What were you surprised at?(What are the differences between Japan and your country?)
I love Japanese culture. There are many seasonal events in Japan, and there are many opportunities I can participate in those events.
What are the differences between Japan and Europe?
Everything such as architectures, manners, and food! But I like them very much.
What are the reasons why you chose 8NEST?
Because the location is very convenient. It is only 20 minutes by bike from my work. There are great natures around, and there is a balcony in the house. The rent is very reasonable and I am very satisfied with it.
Please give a message for those who are considering renting at 8NEST.
8NEST is a very cool place! There are so many places to see and hang out around the house. People I live with are all nice people too.