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January 20, 2005

Be as Canadian as You Can Be

Darek Gondor is an English teacher in Sano, a small city north of Tokyo. He wrote this week for a news site in his native Canada about his experience as a new arrival in Japan (presumably on the JET Program). Facing his first class, he asked his Japanese colleague, "What should I do?" The response: "Anything you want." "Specifically?" "Be as Canadian as you can be." Yet, after joining a school trip to Tokyo Disneyland, Gondor seems to have managed to break down a lot of the barriers between foreign teacher and students.
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