Naoki Okura

Naoki Okura

Naoki Okura

Japanese Language teacher

Nationality: Japanese

What year did you come to YIS, and where were you working prior to YIS?

I came to YIS in 2020, and I was working at NIST in Bangkok, Thailand before coming here. 

What attracted you to come work at YIS? 

I was attracted to the challenge of working in my home country for the first time in my life.

You studied at an international high school yourself. How did that experience shape your views of Japan, your family culture and that of the culture you were living in?

Growing up in a diverse community throughout my life, I was encouraged to both appreciate the culture of the country, as well as critically evaluate it from an outsider's perspective. 

What do you love about the subject you teach?

I love how languages can be an outlet for self expression, and witness how creativity can flourish through this craft.

What sports/non-academic activities are you involved with at school?

I work with Ms. Kimi on the HS Drama/Film production team. We are working on a video of a modern take on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing".

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school, and what do you enjoy most about life in Japan? 

I am often involved in drama/theatre productions outside of school.  In Thailand, I was part of the Gekidan Southern Tent and the Makuza theatre companies. In Japan, I've been a part of the Kaiketsu Panders. I love how life is convenient and accessible. It still feels like I'm on a holiday once I step out of campus!

What profession would you like to try aside from teaching? 

I would probably be an actor or musician.

What advice would you give to teachers looking to work in Japan?

Travel, engage, communicate, and discover how Japanese people think and act, especially towards work life and family.

What excites you most about the new YIS campus?

The potential of offering many more subjects for students, including Film, which is another passion that I have!