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Tony Gutierrez

One day last December, Mr. Tony Gutierrez visited the Nanzan University campus. After completing his studies in the CJS program he returned to his own university in the United States where he graduated. He then came back to Japan in August 2011 and is teaching English in a high school in Kobe through until July 2012. He commented that he is happy to be teaching English to high school students while at the same time continuing his own Japanese language studies and is pleased to be having another good experience in Japan after an absence of two years.

Tony said that when he was at the CJS, it was a valuable experience for him to be able to see to what extent the Japanese that he had learned back in his university in the United States would be understood in Japan and to understand how much further he could extend that ability. He said that his graduating from his university in the United States and being able to come back to Japan were both achieved thanks to the CJS. He is thinking that he would like to go on to study at masters and doctoral level, and is sure that his studies at the CJS will prove to be very useful at that stage.

When Tony Gutierrez was studying with us he belonged to the Nanzan University Shorinji-Kempo Club. This trip back to Nagoya was actually so he could visit his instructors and former team mates from the Club. He had intentionally not told anyone about his being in Japan, so there were some very surprised people when he made his appearance.

Tony still treasures the memories of going to Shorinji Kempo training after his lectures, his life with other dormitory residents in the Yamazato Koryu Kaikan, having barbeques with his friends while listening to his favorite music, and travelling around in the Land of the Rising Sun.

12月のある日、トニー・グティエレズさんがキャンパスに寄ってくれました。CJSでのプログラムを終えた後、アメリカの自分の大学に戻り卒業しました。卒業後の2011年8月に再度来日し、2012年の7月までの予定で神戸市の高校で英語を教えています。英語を日本の高校生に教えながら、自分の日本語の勉強を続けられること、日本で日本の文化や伝統に接することができるので、2年ぶりの日本でまたいい経験ができていると言っていました。

CJSで勉強していた時には、それまでアメリカの大学で勉強していた日本語がどれだけ通用するか、さらに自分のスキルがどんどん伸びていくのが手に取るように見えて、貴重な経験だったそうです。アメリカの大学を卒業できたのも、こうしてまた日本に来られたのもCJSのおかげだと言っていました。将来的には修士課程や博士課程への進学を考えているので、その場面でもCJSでの勉強が役立つことでしょう。

グティエレズさんは南山大学留学中に南山大学少林寺拳法部に参加していました。今回の来名も指導者の皆さんやチームメイトとの再会が目的でした。実はグティエレズさんは今まで日本に来ていることをわざと誰にも知らせていなかったそうなので、皆さんはとってもびっくりしていたそうです。

授業が終わったあとの少林寺拳法部の稽古、山里交流会館に住んでいた寮生たちとの懐かしい想い出、大好きな音楽を聴きながらみんなでのバーベキュー、休みの日に日本各地を旅行したこと、すべての素敵な想い出を大切にしているグティエレズさんでした。