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Izu City Coordinator for International Relations

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Name: Tanner Tallari
Nationality: Ontario, Canada
Birth Year: 1993

Hobbies: Reading, video games, visual art, music, traveling, taking it easy
Foods I Like: Pizza, curry, ramen
Foods I Dislike: Sashimi, raw fish
Interests: Language, history, philosophy


If you would like to read this entry in Japanese, please click the link below.
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伊豆市国際交流員

Introduction

Hello, everyone! It’s nice to meet you. My name is Tanner, and I’ve come from Canada to Izu City as a Coordinator for International Relations.

I was first exposed to Japanese culture through works like Pokémon and Dragon Ball when I was a child. I became fascinated with the country that created my favorite games and TV shows, and I wanted to learn more about it.

It wasn’t until about four years ago that I began studying the Japanese language on my own. When I did, I found that I had opened the door to a completely different world. The Japanese culture and way of thinking is so different from that of my own, and it is incredibly exciting for me. Communicating with Japanese people, I am able to better understand myself, my country, and this world we all live in together.

I’m so happy to be here in Izu City! It’s a truly beautiful place, and I’m moved by everyone’s kindness each and every day. I hope that we can enjoy Izu City together, and make it a better place for everyone!

About Canada

地図
Population (2016)
35,151,728 (About 1/4 the population of Japan)
Area
9,984,670 km2 (About 27 times the size of Japan)

Canadian culture is not only one, but rather made up of many cultures from all around the world. People of different race and ethnicity have gathered in the same country and live together in peace and harmony. This is Canada’s strength.
Canada 150
Canada turned 150 this year!

Thunder Bay

The land of Canada has been inhabited by indigenous peoples for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 15th century that explorers from Britain and France first arrived on the country’s eastern shores. Canada’s multicultural history begins here.

Left: Thunder Bay, Ontario

Canada is divided into ten provinces and three territories. They comprise a vast country full of beautiful nature, with many different sights in each region. From the dense boreal forest on the Canadian Shield, to the crystal clear waters of the Maritimes, the Rocky Mountains in the West, and the frigid tundra in the North, there’s enough to see to last a lifetime!

Canadian English

Did you know that Canadians sometimes speak English differently?
It's kind of like dialects in Japan. We often use "eh" in daily conversation. For example:

“It’s great weather out today, eh?”

Do you know what it means? It's kind of like "ne" in Japanese. It asks the conversation partner for agreement or to respond in some way.

Canadian Food

Poutine
In Canada, you can enjoy food from various cultures all around the world. But when it comes to Canadian food, it’s got to be poutine! The main ingredients are potatoes, gravy, and cheese curds. It’s delicious!

And here are some sweets from Canada. I’d love for you to try them!

Sweets
Above: Poutine

Left: Pecan Butter Tart, Nanaimo Bar, Persian (Thunder Bay)



If you would like to know more about Canada, please click the link below (Japanese).
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: Multicultural Canada

Comment

I want to know more about what makes Izu City such a beautiful place. Moreover, I want to communicate more with everyone. I will also continue to introduce my Canadian culture. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics fast approaching, let’s take the opportunity to deepen our understanding of foreign culture!


I'm also posting about my experiences on Facebook in English and Japanese, so please check it out!

Izu City CIR (Facebook)


Great times await us. Let’s enjoy Izu City together!


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