Ellen Knuth, Panrimo’s Midwest University Relations Manager, recently returned to the United States after spending five years living in Japan. Beginning with an academic year abroad in Kyoto during college, Ellen returned to the United States for a few months before headed back to Japan for an additional four years abroad teaching English language courses to Japanese students in Tottori, with ages ranging from three to eighty.
During her time in Tottori, Ellen became a local staple in the city’s public life, exploring her role as an educator and embracing the sense of community that she found with the citizens. When she began preparing to return to the United States, members of the Tottori Prefecture’s tourism board sought her out to ask her about her time in Tottori, some of her favorite spots, and a message for everyone who plans on visiting Japan. Take a look at what she had to say below!
What is your name?
Where are you from? What do you do?
I’m from Kalamazoo, Michigan in the USA. I’m currently working as an English teacher in Kotoura.
How long have you lived in Tottori?
I have lived in Tottori for the past three and a half years.
What’s your favorite sightseeing spot in Tottori?
My favorite sightseeing spot is Nariishi-no-hama in Kotoura. It’s a unique stone beach and the sound of the water on the rocks is beautiful.
What’s your favorite food and shop?
The furoshiki manju at Yamamoto Otafuku-do in Yabase are great! I also really like Bikai restaurant in Nawa.
What do you recommend for a souvenir from Tottori?
Tottori pears make a delicious present in the fall. I also think that white rabbit theme souvenirs are great gifts.
What do you think is special about Tottori compared with other places in Japan?
The beauty of Tottori’s natural scenery, and the charm of the towns and people are very special. People in Tottori take time to welcome visitors to their communities and introduce them to the area, so you can experience real, rural Japan.
Any message for tourists?
When you visit Japan, take some time to visit Tottori! After the bustle and activity of Tokyo and Osaka, enjoy Tottori’s hot springs, beaches, and mountains. We’re waiting for you!
For the original article, hosted on the Tottori Prefecture’s website, please visit http://tottrip.jp/tottori/2/2.html?lang=en.
Study Abroad Coordinator