It’s not often that your kids’ school makes a request for someone who has lived in Japan to step forward and explain what it’s like. I quickly realised that I could ask one of RED’s clients if they would be willing to participate in an online event with Hymers Junior School, and the rest as they say is history.


Yamamoto-san, who currently works in Amsterdam for Hitachi, kindly stepped forward and after a brief chat we decided on the best approach. We were asked to participate in a video call with the headmaster, Mr Doyle, and I acted as the interviewer with a series of the best questions forwarded by the children.


Although my daughter Ella was a bit embarrassed, I thought the 45-minute session was extremely worthwhile, as Yamamoto-san answered the questions enthusiastically and provided some interesting and informative insights into life in his native country. We both felt that the event had added value to the school’s “Japan Week” and the teaching staff were most appreciative of our help and support.


As Mr Doyle summarised in a recent newsletter, “As part of the children’s research and study in Japan Week, we were fortunate to be part of a live Zoom session with Yamamoto-san led by Mr Farmer. Yamamoto-san started his adult life as an English teacher and he painted a rich, authentic picture of the cultural differences between Japan and Europe. We are extremely grateful to Yamamoto-san and Mr Farmer for their time and kindness in leading such an informative and engaging session for us.”


It was a pleasure to help out Mr Doyle and we certainly wouldn’t hesitate in working with you and your team again.

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