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Date Joined: October 9, 2017
Last Online: November 24, 2017
Birthday: July 4, 1983
Country: Japan
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About Me

My name is Josie. I come from the UK, but moved to Japan in 2011 to teach English and to be closer to the music, theatre and TV that I love. While I spend my weekdays teaching English to kids, my weekends usually involve trips to see my favourite actors on stage or at lives. Both my work and my free time are very close to my heart and I really love to talk about them, so if I have the opportunity you will probably find that I do.

Having been teaching for six years, I'm always grateful to receive new items and pictures that I can use in my lessons to teach my students about other countries and cultures (Japanese kids tend to be pretty sheltered and getting them interested in the world outside of their country is difficult). Things from my own country are also very much appreciated as I do not often get the opportunity to go back home.

When it comes to myself, I write a lot of letters to my favourite actors, and so I'm always on the look out for new stationary. I'm sure the guys I write to regularly get bored seeing the same old paper, pen and stickers every time so receiving things I can use to brighten those up would be greatly appreciated.

My apartment isn't particularly big and I have a habit of accumulating junk, and so I really like to receive things that are either useful, or things that I can use and then replace. I understand that things are sent to me with a great deal of love and attention, and so I feel bad if I receive things that just sit and get dusty. Having said that, if you find something "useless" that you think I simply must have, then I definitely won't hold it against you.

Likes & Dislikes

As I said above, I love stationary. Aside from letter-writing stuff, I get through pens at work like crazy, and also like to give my students stickers. I have a slight addiction to small notebooks and post-it notes, and like to seal my notes and small letters with tape.

In my classroom we wear socks and no shoes, and because I use them so much my socks wear out really fast. I never seem to have enough and my students always notice when my socks are super cute.

In general I'm not a postcard lover, but the exception is that I love postcards from different cities and tourist attractions all over the world. My geography knowledge is terrible and I feel like I learn a little every time I receive one.

I really love items with "galaxy" themed patterns because my favourite band here in Japan is called Gingadan, which translates as "galaxy cluster". I also love anything that is black in colour.

My favourite animals are sharks, turtles, giraffes and elephants. However, I really don't like pigs and dogs. I have way too many soft toys already, but anything else featuring these wonderful wonderful animals would definitely make me happy.

I take a lot of showers. Sometimes two a day in the summer when it's super hot. I don't really take baths though (I'm too impatient to sit in them for more than 5 minutes).

I really miss food from the UK, especially the chocolate. Every time my family send me Cadburys chocolate I eat it in a day and then I'm left missing it all over again. It's kind of a tragic circle. Not only chocolate though! There is very little British food I do not like. Send me a bag of crisps and I might just love you for the rest of my life.

Also. I really really like hamburgers. And not just to eat. If it has a hamburger on it, I'll take it. Don't they just look amazing?!


lovetiff rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Nov 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you for sharing your playlist with me. All these songs are new to me and a little bit out of my usual music genres but it was great listening to something different!
Seosaimhin rated for newbie welcome November 2017 on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much the postcards were so pretty and the letter sets and pens were amazing. I am looking forward to using them.
Jennlynnebrow rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Nov 17, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the list! :)
Poohtat rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the songs
PukiCat rated for My Playlist in October 2017 on Nov 15, 2017
Comment: I know some Japanese bands, several of my favourite are ONE OK ROCK, Kana-boon :).
Comment: Thanks for sending!
oceanilumn rated for Profile Hello #2 on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: her full name is allegra ! but we all call her ally. that a really long way from home, sounds really interesting actually, I could never be that far away from my fur child for that long though lol. as far as recommendations that depends on where you root your music? I like just about everything, but I highly encourage you to check out any of the songs I listed. its kind of a grab bag of genres so have fun with that lol.
m1tternachts rated for Profile Hello #2 on Oct 12, 2017
Comment: Thanks for teaching some japanese :p
justme2905 rated for Profile Hello #1 on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: Yes Houston is a very small town..
jaimierandolph rated for Profile Hello #1 on Oct 10, 2017
Comment: I loved your Hello and smiled all the way through reading it! It was nice to read something on my profile! Thank you so much for joining this swap!

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GrannysNamesake on Oct 12, 2017:

Profile Hello # 2 Hello from Dallas, Texas a hot and dry state in the USA. Josie, I enjoyed reading your profile. I've never thought about writing my favorite actors, it sounds like fun. Good luck with your teaching career, I know the children love you. If I knew how to add a picture, I'd send you a picture of a bowl of Cadbury eggs and a huge hamburger. Doskie, Granny's Namesake

Ydacha on Oct 12, 2017:

Profile Hello #2 from Ydacha. Hello! I read on your profile you enjoy the giraffes and elephants. elephants


jaimierandolph on Oct 12, 2017:

Profile Check for: Profile Hello #2 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you enjoy it and will join more of the ones to come! Happy Swapping!

nytetears on Oct 10, 2017:

Profile Hello #1 Nytetears

Hi, I was looking for something to decorate your wall with and I thought you might like this sign :)

I love dragons and when I found this next picture I thought perfect

Millia on Oct 10, 2017:

Hi Josie! I wanted to brighten your day with some galaxy stuff, so here we go:

(for Profile Hello #1)

jaimierandolph on Oct 9, 2017:

Profile Check for: Profile Hello #1 Welcome to the swap! I hope that you will enjoy it and join more of the ones to come! Happy Swapping!!!!

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