Just to let everybody know. All 8.5 kilos of  K&F's candy is on the way. 


Hello, my name is Jenni!

Hello everyone! 

My name is Jenni and I know some of you are already familiar with me as I’ve been teaching at the K&F English Academy in Mihara since May 2016 – four months already!

I would like to introduce myself to all of you reading the K&F blog.

I am originally from Finland, the land of Santa Claus, reindeers, Moomins, Aurora Borealis and sauna. 

I grew up in the lake district of southern Finland but my studies took me to Helsinki, the capital city, when I was 18 years old. I lived in Helsinki for 10 years. But for the past six years now I have not lived in Finland – instead I have traveled the world extensively.

Many might already know that I am a traveling wonderer who enjoys living a year here, another there and explore other cultures and countries. So far in six years I have lived in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and China before coming to Japan. I am a Finnish person by birth but like to think of myself as a citizen of the world now. I have visited almost 30 countries around the world – to mention a few I’ve traveled in Fiji, the USA, Thailand, Norway, Estonia, the UK, Italy, Greece… Traveling is my greatest passion in life.

A lot of people have asked me what Finland is like and I tend to say it’s very similar to Japan. Finland is a small country with a very small population and beautiful, pristine nature. Finnish people are usually shy and polite. We enjoy summer time the most because our winter is very long and dark. 

One of the many lakes in Finland

We particularly enjoy the “nightless night” during midsummer: it’s a natural phenomenon in most northern parts of the world and means the sun sets for a very short time and then comes back up making the nights as bright as the day! We Finnish people have a public holiday to celebrate this phenomenon and make the most of it by going to our summer cottages, swimming in our lakes (there are thousands and thousands of lakes in Finland) and spending time with family and friends.

It's beautiful when our winters are white in Finland

Finland is a long country and the nature and scenery changes dramatically further up north you go: tundra, rocky forests, reindeers and other peculiar wildlife makes Lapland a very special place in the world. I think it’s worth a visit!

A reindeer in Lapland

See you at K&F!



Hello K&F!

My name is Spencer Mattison, a new teacher here at K&F. I recently started working here for the first time at the beginning of July.

I am an American from Los Angeles, California. I've previously lived in Nara Prefecture for two years, where I studied Japanese. After graduating from my university back in the United States, I decided that I wanted to come back to Japan again as an English teacher.

I am very happy to be working here and I hope I can talk in English with as many of you as possible!

Unfortunately I don't take a lot of pictures but here are some pictures I've taken while I have traveled around Takehara!

- Spencer




Can you believe I'm back? I can't believe I'm back. And I can't believe how everyone has grown so much. Makes me feel old!

The month of June is going by quickly and I've had a blast seeing all the students and parents so much. Even though everyone's taller it's like nothing has even changed.

I've been teaching in Korea the past year and a bit. Nick and I finally got married and are still enjoying the honeymoon phase.

Last summer we took a train trip from Fukuoka to Hokkaido, what an amazing place!

Here are some random pictures from my time in Busan, Korea:

There is a restaurant street several blocks long that is pedestrianised - even in winter it's busy. 
After Nick and I got married there was a super moon and we had a picnic.

Thanks for welcoming me back this month, I've been really happy to help out while I can.



Hey K&F,

It's Ben Sensei! I recently moved back to the United States and I have been living with my sister. I am living in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is so beautiful here and the mountains are so close. I will be out hiking and rock climbing very soon. I wanted to write here and let everyone know I am doing well. I hope you are well and studying English!! I miss you, and good luck!!
-Ben Sensei


put on & take off ☆


洋服を着るときは put on!
"put on your hat." "put on your jacket."~帽子をかぶってね。ジャケットを着てね。

洋服を脱ぐときは take off!
"take off your hat." "take off your jacket."~帽子を脱いでね。ジャケットを脱いでね。

レッスンでは大好きなお母さん、お父さんから借りた服を使ってput on, take offの練習をしました☆



Christmas in Germany!

It's been a while, but I went back to Germany over Christmas and New Year's and wanted to share a few impressions from back home. I was very happy to be able to see my family and friends, visited to many different places and ate lots of delicious food. Christmas is the most important holiday in Germany and traditionally spent with family, whereas New Year's Eve is a time to go out, watch fireworks and have fun with friends. Kind of the opposite of Japan, isn't it!

Flight to Germany!

Traditional German Christmas decoration
Traditional German Christmas dish--Potato dumplings, red cabbage and goose. Super delicious!

My hometown :)
With my mum and aunt