In this episode of Japanese-on-the-Move
we are pleased to introduce you to Simon Rodwell. Simon describes himself as a regular Australian guy. For him, that involves speaking Japanese, having a wide network of Japanese friends, travelling to Japan as often as possible, and – as this interview goes live on Japanese-on-the-Move
in October 2011 – getting married to a Japanese woman. Chinami Nakabayashi, the love of his life from Ise City
in central Japan, lives with Simon in multicultural Sydney and you will also get to meet her on Japanese-on-the-Move
in the near future.How does a ‘regular Australian guy’ come to be a ‘Japanese on the Move’? On Language-on-the-Move
, we have often written about how easily Australians seem to get trapped in amonolingual mindset
. Simon’s story reminds us that it doesn’t have to be like that and points to the importance of foreign language education in school
. Simon started learning Japanese back at high school. Hosting a Japanese exchange student, going on exchange to Japan and continuing Japanese at university all just followed naturally from that. Today, Japanese and Japan are an inseparable part of Simon’s identity and make this, after all, maybe not-so-regular Australian guy who he is.