A self-introduction...? I'm not very good at these things, but I'll try. Well...people say I'm old-fashioned. I like reading, and I like old books and poems. Do you know Matsuo Basho? He was a famous poet who lived in the Edo period. This is a poem he wrote: 京にても/ 京なつかしや/ 時鳥. It means, even in Kyoto, when I hear the call of a bird, I long to be in Kyoto. Don't you think that's good?
There was another poet who lived in the Heian period. His name was Sugawara Michizane. He lived in the capital of Kyoto, but he got in trouble and they made him go to Fukoka, where I live with my sisters. There's a piece of calligraphy he wrote here. The strokes of his pen look like birds taking off, because he wanted to fly back to Kyoto. But Fukuoka is a nice place to live. Even in Fukuoka, when I hear the whistle of a train, I long to be in Fukuoka. Hee, hee. How was that? Maybe I can be a famous poet someday, too.

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I'll Fly Away

I go to Ooura Maiden’s Academy. It used to be a training school for the wives and daughters of samurai. We study things like ikebana (flower arranging), calligraphy, and the tea ceremony. My grades are good, but I don’t think I’m that smart. I just like studying. I mean, it seems like the more I study, the more I realize I don’t know. I think people should take it slow and pay attention. That’s why I love working at J-Subculture. When I do my market research, I can learn about other countries at the same time as I can tell other people everything I know about Japan. Let’s work hard and study together! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu ^_^