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Alejandro Peña Flores
A father of four boys who moved from the dangers of Mexico to a safer Japanese city life. But everything was not as it seemed in the beginning. At times the corruption could feel a bit too familiar.
After many years of theoretical studies back in Poland it was time to improve language skills on location and to get a real taste of Japan. The early influences of Sailor Moon and Sumo proved finally too strong to resist.
She fell in love with a Japanese man and didn't mind moving abroad. No real previous interest in Japanese things. Reading Japanese writers had sparked some curiosity though. Newly arrived from Germany, she's trying to cope with the language and cultural differences.
The earth trembled when he arrived in Osaka. Love at first sight. Used to live in his wan surfing and hiking around the country but has now settled down on a small, mountaintop suburban area, close to Kyoto.
Colleen Christina Mathieu
An anthropologist turn radio-show host. Among other things. Lives in Fukuoka when not working on peace-boats teaching English. Her partly Korean background made it easier to understand Japan. But not completely.
Now a seasoned English teacher in Kyoto with a home and plans to stay in the country forever.
The police made some bad memories from South Africa to surface, but even that couldn't change the fact that living in Japan is basically great! Three years of working as an English teacher, shopping, parties and traveling.
A Chinese exchange student working as an laboratory assistant. Nothing much to complain about really, except for the poor working moral among Japanese in general.
Paula Ordonez Suarez
A researcher and professor at Kagoshima University from Colombia. Likes the Japanese efficiency and economic power in her research environment. Loves the nature and countryside, but is worried about the political and social situation.
A Kyoto landmark. Prefer to dress in kimono and knows everything about the floating world of the city. Has his own establishment where both Japanese and foreign guests can be entertained by geishas.
A full blood entrepreneur from Australia. He will be out there working on his dreams while the rest of us are still sitting in the bar making plans. Hard work, fast living. Has a better than average collection of cars and stories.
What he doesn't know about games and gaming, is probably not worth knowing. Being an Australian archeologist in Japan is not easy, and sometimes he can be seen walking on the streets as an English teacher.
Came from New York to search for the real Santa Claus. Santa disappeared, he stayed. Took a deep dive into Japanese bureaucracy and local customs when he decided to build his new house with foreign standards.
A long time connoisseur of Japanese culture, but a fairly recent addition to the Kyoto foreign community. Owner of a popular café and a photographer. He doesn’t miss the inefficiency of Italy.
Has educated the Kyoto citizens in English for decades, these days from his own private school on the second floor. The first floor being a popular Irish pub among the locals as well as regular far away visitors.
Vagata Daniela Shalom
Teacher of literature and language at Kyoto University. Initially somewhat difficult to adjust to the new situation with plenty of mixed emotions. Has renewed her teaching contract many times now.
John Frederick Ashburne
Award winning photographer and author from Yorkshire who's lived most of his life in Japan. Author of many guide books, both for Lonely Planet and Louis Vuitton. An authority on Japanese food.
Micah Aron Gampel
A Canadian photographer who decided to try out Japan and never went back. Has contributed to several exhibitions and magazine covers and articles. Is dreaming of living in his own Kyoto wooden town house.
Robert L. Seltman
Attracted by eastern philosophy he toured the temples of Shikoku and stayed in a buddhist monastery. An artist from New York with decades of experience of Japan.