Who I am, What I have done, What I want to do

カテゴリー ドイツ/ Deutschland, 仕事/ work, 生活/ life, 英語/ English

Hiya! Thank you for visiting my blog.

It’s my first English article ever! It’s really a long profile article of Who I am… you’ll know most of myself by reading this haha.

Who I am

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25 years old, a Japanese girl. Now I’m working as a freelance English-Japanese translator, writer, blogger, and sometimes taking pictures. Also I’m studying German and graphic design by myself.

I’m on a working holiday in Leipzig, Germany. I’m proud to say that it is the best decision I’ve ever made…

I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS CITY. SO MUCH.

My life so far

Childhood

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I’ve grown up in a city called Fukuoka, south part of Japan. In a countryside, I really liked running around in the nature.

My mother has been volunteering as a storyteller, so I saw large amount of picturebooks, Grimmes stories, old tales etc… which are still my interest. I just can’t stop reading them when I found those things in vintage markets.

Secondary school, first time studying in the UK

I loved English classes. (definitely not maths, no.)

I belonged to the school orchestra, played the violin, practiced every day.

At the age of 15, I joined the international summer school in England. How excited I was, it was my first time going abroad.

During the 3 weeks, I was overwhelmed by the English ability of my age and younger children around the world!

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I can’t say how I was impressed seeing this scenery for the first time. It was like a dream. Everything was completely new to me.

I was surrounded by foreigners, first ever experience to speak people who don’t understand Japanese. I had to go through much culture shock.

btw, there are several people I still keep in contact, I simply can’t believe… It’s 10 years ago!

Uni life, the second time studying in the UK

My major was English language itself. One of my big aims there was, studying in England as an exchange student. Luckily I passed the exam for Oxford Brookes University.

The second British experience that I longed for started!

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In the beginning, I felt not really comfortable with talking with native speakers, as I was always worried that I might make mistakes and it was embarassing etc etc…

well I could overcome that feeling thanks to my kind friends, who were always there for me, waiting for me to finish my sentences!!

Here I participated in uni orchestra too. This is a pic during a rehearsal… I’m at the left end haha

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During the 2 terms, I was lucky enough to travel around Europe, 7 countries in total… Belgium, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.

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I wanted to deliver the beauty of the scenery, so I started sticking to take pictures as beautiful as I can.

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Finishing Uni, working

I had been working for a forwarding comapany for 2.5 years. It includes arranging flight schedules and checking documents for exporting fresh food around the world.

That may sound cool, but sitting in front of PC screen, doing the same routine every day wasn’t enough for me, IT WAS BORING.

I couldn’t find pleasure at work, so decided to have fun outside there. I attended cooking and yoga classes.

I felt my English skills are falling as there was almost no chance of speaking it at work, although it was related to trading… so I often participate in international parties.

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I met so many people there. I really liked listening to travellers’ stories and the way how they realised working and travelling at the same time… which was almost impossible in Japanese society.

Also I noticed that working in a office is not the only option to live independent. I could choose getting my own skill to earn.

So I have quit my job!

What I’ve done as a freelancer

translation

・Japanese artist, Miho Murakami’s artist statement at Flushing Town Hall (New York)

・20 pages of lease contract for an American company

・business e-mails for tax free shop in Fukuoka International Airport

・15 pages of powerpoint about explanations of pharmaceutical machinery, for an American company

・A statement for a Taiwanese leather bag store, Harui, for an exhibition held in Japan

・outline for SONICART, an art event held in Japan

photography

・profile picture of Shiori Vela, the author of this electric book below. (She is an enthusiastic freelancer in Japan, who had worked for several companies in Canada)

What I want to do in the near future

・I’m interested in working with artists, creators in Germany

・I want Japanese people to know the beauty of Germany (Leipzig) through media…especially the charm of East Germany is not really known there.

・writing/ translating of articles, covering culture, SNS or media related topic

・taking more photography

etc!

I keep open to it, as I want to try as much as possible here. I’m still in the phase of searching what I’m really interested.

Just simply, I want to live happily and independent, in a place I want to be. And work for what I like, with whom I respect :o)

If you are interested, here is my SNS account

twitter.com

www.instagram.com

if you are intersted in working with me…

please contact me here: shiori.sakaguchi.15@gmail.com

Whew it’s the end, thank you very much for reading!

Hope all of you have a nice day!

Shiori

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