2012-13 Uto Iwama, Japanese Immersion Intern

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Uto Iwama and I am from Sendai, Japan.
Who are your family members?
I have a Father, a Mother, two little sisters and two little brothers (20, 18, 16 and 10 years old)
When is your birthday?
It’s July 24th, 1990.
What are your hobbies, interests, dislikes?
I like watching movies, singing songs at Karaoke, traveling, learning languages, eating, playing sports (especially table tennis and badminton).
What is your favorite dish from your country? Please describe it also.
Karaage (a Japanese style deep-fried chicken), Noodles (especially Udon, Ramen and So-men), Kawari Gohan (rice seasoned and cooked with various ingredients), Nabe Ryo-ri (a Japanese style Hot pot), Omurice (An omelet with a filling of seasoned fried rice)
What would you like our community to know about you?
I would be happy to share Japanese culture with you. Please feel free to ask me anything about Japanese culture and language as well. I am happy to tell you about or teach calligraphy, Japanese golden oldies, Japanese food and Okinawa culture in particular. In the meantime I would like to know and experience the U.S. culture as much as possible.
What are your hopes for the future?

I want to be an English teacher in junior high school (or high school).

 Can you share a favorite or memorable elementary school moment from your 
 past? Or a funny story about yourself?
Believe it or not, since I was a second grade student at elementary school, I have wanted to become a teacher. My second grade teacher, Yumi sensei, was an affectionate and wonderful teacher and I wanted to be like her one day. I particularly remembered that she taught us a variety of poems and also made us write lots of poems ourselves, which I liked. And now, I realize that it’s my turn to have a good influence on students. I'm just beginning my journey of becoming that teacher, and I'm certain that this experience at McDonald will be very helpful in my future job.

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