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Interviews with International Students: Jo-Anne

I interviewed Jo-Anne. She is from Canada, and she is a student at Calgary University. She decided to come to Japan, because she had heard many good things about Japan. Before she left for Japan, she was worried about leaving Canada, getting around the problem, and cultural differences.

When she was Sapporo, she felt homesick. But, after she came to Asahikawa, she became fine. Feeling homesick was  the hardest part of being Japan in Japan for her. And, she thinks it is important to have expectations what to do in Japan before you go.

Her main advice to people thinking about studying abroad at HUE Asahikawa is to give it a shot. She’s been recommending it to her friends. She felt the program she studied in was well-organized and the school plans were good. While here, she also enjoyed the tea ceremony and the school festival.


GANBI is a bar near Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa.  On 26th of the month, they have all you can eat sagari and horumon  for 1000 yen. (Dr. K note — I will leave as an assignment for a future student explaining these food items!)

Address of GANBI

2948-1, 13chome, nishikimachi, Asahikawa


(There’s no website).

This bar open at 5:00 p.m. So, you can use the bar for dinner. And the bar close at 1:30 a.m.

GANBI is used by many students of Hokkaido University Education Asahikawa. It’s especially popular on the 26th since you can eat a lot of meat really cheaply.  Outside of the 26th, it’s mostly a bar used by  office workers.

So, when you enter this bar, you would want to drink beer. For the college student, it’s a little pricey.  The bill usually works out to around 2500 yen.


HISOKA has more than 100 food items and more than 115 drinks on its menu. It faces the street behind the athletic field of Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa.

Address of HISOKA

11chome, Nishikimachi, Asahikawa in Hokkaido.

This bar open at 6:00 p.m. So, you can go for dinner. And the bar stays open until  2:00 a.m, so you can come late for drinks. The average tab is 2500 yen.

HISOKA is used by a lot of students of Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa. Regular people from the area also visit too. This bar is used for dates, friends, and families — people of all ages.

When you enter the bar, you might feel  like you are in a foreign country.

I am working at this place. So, I’m looking forward to your visit.

About Business communication&IT class

In this class, I wrote about things like the places to eat near the college, my life in HUEA, and my major. It was a very good experience for me to improve my writing skills. Also, I got a chance to learn more about HUEA as I researched it to write entries for the blog.

I think that the explanation about Internet systems could have skipped, because I can’t understand well about it. If we learned it in depth, then it would make sense, but if it’s just a little bit, I don’t understand it. So, I think that the part could have skipped.

I wrote about HISOKA, a bar near the HUEA. It was interesting, because I am working there and I know about it well. From the experiences, I thought that it was important to know about what I would like to express to explain it in English well.

I would like to read posts about cultures and life in foreign countries, because I am interested in it.

About my Christmas

Until last year, I spent my Christmas with my family. In my home, we ate sushi, chicken, and a Christmas cake on before night of Christmas day. And next day, when I woke up, I found a gift from Santa Claus. And, I went to school and did an event of Christmas. We played some physical games, met Santa Claus, and chatted with my friends about gift I gave.

This year as a college student, I will go to a year-end party with other student in the educational psychology zemi  in night. I have a part time jobs and some classes in next weeks of Christmas days. My hometown is Niigata. So, I can’t go home and do a Christmas party with my family in the year.

About the Educational Psychology Major

In this post, I am going to explain the educational psychology major. In this major, students learn how to think about education using the  knowledge and methods of psychology. For example, we are currently leaning the way how to do data analysis using computers. We also discuss papers and books about psychology.

Meet Rihoko

I am Rihoko.
I am a freshman at Hokkaido University of Education. I’m majoring in educational development, with a focus on educational psychology.


I’m in the badminton club. I like listening to music and watching TV dramas.

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