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Rae N.


New Westminster, BC

Member since:

September 1, 2012

What's your favourite Japanese food?

Vegetarian versions of korokke, okonomiyaki, tempura. I also love healthy homestyle foods like grilled veggies in sweet miso sauce, and tsukemono.

How did you become interested in Japan and its language?

Mostly through my husband. I studied Japanese as a second language for my university Linguistics program and met him through a language exchange service. I lived with him and his parents in Tokyo for a year before we got married. I think I learned so much about Japanese culture and family from that experience. I believe that it is easy, as a foreigner, to live in Japan independently and come back to your own country not knowing much more about it, but having to deal together with natural disasters, money, job hunting, death and sickness, family arguments, wedding planning... that's when you begin to truly understand another people.

What is your level of proficiency with spoken and written Japanese?

I understand A LOT more Japanese than I can speak. Reading Japanese is getting easier, but I am not comfortable picking up a newspaper yet. Cookbook, yes, but not anything kanji laden, haha. My in-laws cannot speak English, but we manage to communicate. I am hesitant to speak Japanese because I am ashamed of my level, and the reaction I sometimes received when I tried to speak in Japan was disheartening.

What do you hope to achieve through your membership with this group?

To become more connected to the Japanese community in Vancouver. My husband will return to Canada from Japan in October, so it would be nice for him to know that there are some nice welcoming people here. :) Perhaps to improve my Japanese a bit, but I'm not expecting any miracles.


My name is Rae. I am 24 & I teach ESL. I have been married to my Japanese husband for 2 years now. I lived in Japan for a year with my husband and in-laws. I would like to go back to Japan once a year to keep a close connection with my family there.

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