Japan – culture and language

Event report

Thank you for attending our event about Japanese and Culture. We enjoyed a presentation by Georgina Young about life and work in Japan as a British teacher.

We enjoyed a very informative talk with lots of real-life examples about “doing as the Japanese do” and an insight into the Japanese language. Georgina described enthusiastically what she learned and experienced in her 8 years living and working in Fukuoka, and gave many tips for people who want to work in Japan, or visit this fascinating country.

It was intriguing to learn about the importance of harmony, balance and safety in the culture and in relationships which are expressed in the various ways of apologising, avoiding to say ‘no’ directly and anticipating someone else’s needs before one’s own. We were shown how to work out Japanese menus in Hiragana and Katagana and had a go at some common gestures.

We thank Ms Young for her personal introduction to life in Japan, and for sharing her experiences with us in this engaging talk.


Join the Gloucestershire Network on Zoom for a talk about the Japanese culture and language.

Georgina Young, a teacher from Wales, will talk about the 8 years she spent living and teaching in Japan. She will give us insights into cultural differences, typical faux-pas, and will give tips and tricks for visitors to Japan. We will also be treated to a brief introduction into the language and a short lesson in Japanese. 

Georgina Young is a French and German teacher originally from Cardiff, after graduating from the University of Warwick with a degree in German Studies she moved to Japan where she spent eight years working, and learning Japanese up to C1 level.While in Japan she worked as a headteacher in a bilingual Japanese/English kindergarten, managing classes and also interpreting for staff. After returning to the UK in 2020 she completed a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Bristol, gaining a Distinction.

There will be time for Q&A at the end of this session which will last 60 minutes.

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October 3rd, 2021 5:30 PM   to   6:30 PM
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CIOL Gloucestershire Network