Who is Tobidasu?

Who am I? Well, to start off my name is Katherine. I am in love with my job as a teacher as well as am infatuated with the country I am teaching in: Japan. But that is just scraping the surface.

my boyfriend and me (via Japanese purikura - gotta love it)

my fiancée and me (Japanese purikura - gotta love it)

I am originally from California, USA, but I moved to Japan in August of 2008 to persue a career as an English teacher. I graduated with a degree in Japanese Studies and Japanese from Willamette University and hope that one day I may become a translator for a Japanese publishing company or have a school of my own. While the publishing industry is something I am drawn to, I must admit that my ideal job would be a voice actress. Jun, my fiancée, keeps telling me that I should go to various auditions in Tokyo aimed for foreigners because I “have the face and personality that Japanese are attracted to,” but I guess I am not confident enough to actually pursue that route. Who knows, maybe someday I will actually get the courage to go out and try!

Besides writing, translating, and reading, I am also an avid baker. Baking in Japan is a challenge as my apartment is not big enough to have an actual oven, so I am not making as many delicious sweets outside of various types of pudding and chocolates. Also, probably due to my obsession with cooking programs, I enjoy cooking and experimenting with flavors. Sheesh, this makes me sound really domestic…but I would have to say that I am more against traditional gender roles than I am for them.

: Likes
┣my fiancé (Jun)
┣my family
┣my host family
┣my hamsters
┣cooking & baking
┣vegetable juice
┣reality TV
┣Harry Potter
┣the smell of rain
┗etc, etc, and so forth!
: Dislikes
┣most bugs
┣dirty rooms
┣riding my bike in the rain
┣rainy season in Japan
┣my nose
┣busy work
┗ブリッコ/fake people

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my adorable pet hamster named Hikari

my adorable pet hamster named Hikari

Activities:soccer coaching, cooking, exercising, teaching English, soran-bushi dancing, watching J-Dramas, playing with my hamster, taking monthly trips to Disneyland and Disney Sea

Interests: Teaching, education, soccer, Japanese, graphic design, karaoke, fashion, music, dance, cross-cultural exchange, photography, making teaching supplies

Favorite Music:angela, BOA, Gackt, Koda Kumi, Maroon 5, Nickleback, X Japan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 絢香, 浜崎あゆみ、ウタダヒカル、いきものがかり, Carrie Underwood, Exile, Orange Range, RYTHEM

Favorite TV Shows:セーラームーン, Full House, 花ざかりの君たちへ、花より男子、ごくせん, チーズスイートホーム, 絶対彼氏, Project Runway, Top Chef, America’s Next Top Model, Lost, Attention Please, 1リットルの涙, Legend, Xena: Warrior Princess

Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Bend it Like Beckham, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Nausica: Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Pirates of the Caribbean (but only the first one), Finding Neverland、The Chronicals of Narnia, 犬と私の10約束, Mamma Mia, Enchanted

Favorite Books:Twilight series, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Secrets of Jin-shei, manga, Ender’s Game, The Hobbit, The Lost Years of Merlin, Memoirs of a Geisha、Marley and Me, The Chronicles of Narnia, 僕の初恋をキミに捧ぐ, Learning to Bow, 満月をさがして

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All of this was probably more information than you really wanted to know, but hey, it’s the internet. Any messages and comments are always welcome.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dad
    Jun 10, 2009 @ 19:53:44

    Read your stuff and latest BLOG entries icluding your sports day description. Sports day sounded really fun. Very interesting and informative. I like your current BLOG discussion and approach much better than the one you posted while at TIU in your Junior year.


    • Katherine
      Jun 10, 2009 @ 20:17:49

      Thanks Dad (人´∀`)♡ I originally intended my old blog to be something like this, but I kind of lost track of the whole “telling an informative culture story” aspect. Sports Day is one of the best things ever! I wish we had them in America, but I am sure parents would freak out about some of the events and kids would get way too competitive.


  2. Mom
    Aug 24, 2009 @ 15:16:41

    I just saw this for the first time–didn’t know to click on the “about”. So you want to be a voice actress–that is something new. And you are an avid baker now that you live where there are no ovens.

    You have a lot of different ambitions so you will still busy figuring it all out and trying many different things.

    Hikari is so cute!

    I am having operator error now whenever I leave a message the rest of the blog goes away.

    Will have to see if I can find out where you wrote about the fireworks and Jun’s eyes and ambulance ride.


  3. hames1977
    May 07, 2010 @ 14:23:47

    hi tobidasu,

    you must have been a japanese in your previous life. not so many would want to be in your shoes. but i must say that you are a brave, passionate woman. passionate on everything japanese. very good blog. i will add you to my blogroll. i won’t ask anymore permission from you. because your blogsite is a wonder. sorry.



    • Katherine
      May 07, 2010 @ 14:35:39

      hey there hames1977,

      thank you very much for your comment and for adding me to your blogroll. I just visited your blog and read some of your poetry and it is really beautiful.


  4. Petitpaindepice
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 20:42:28

    Hello ! Im Séverine from Switzerland , Im a big fan of Japan too. I dont remember how I found your blog because it’s in my link’s list for 1 year now but I like it very much. Please dont stop writing ! and Enjoy Japan for all people who would love to be at your place (including me haha)


  5. Julie
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 09:09:50

    Hey! I was so surprised to find your blog…I was just researching doctors in Japan. Imagine my surprise–I’m a Japanese Studies major at Willamette University, too! I’m a sophmore in the third level classes, but they’re kind of kicking by butt…any study suggestions? Also, what professor did you have? Was is Fujiwara sensei then too? :D


  6. gina uccelatore
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 20:24:11

    we have so much in common!
    same favorite movies for one thing
    I quit teaching english to french speaking people
    how is it to teach english in japan?
    DISNEY is the best thing in the universe


  7. gina uccelatore
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 20:25:14

    my favorite johnny depp movie! (with all due respect to jack sparrow)


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