by Airman 1st Class Kaleb Snay
35 Fighter Wing/Public Affairs
10/18/2012 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Japan
has a unique culture inspired by its nature, historical events, and
economy. Despite Japan's cultural beauty, it can be overwhelming. What
can people do if they want to ease the culture shock or get their
questions answered about Japan?
Taneichi Miyuki, Airman and Family Readiness Center multicultural
program coordinator, recently stepped into a new position to provide
Japanese cultural information to the base community. Additionally, she
coordinates tours, classes and other culture specific events on base.
Miyuki encourages base residents to experience Japan with events like
the Survival Japanese Class, where she teaches basic Japanese words and
phrases. During a local onsen tour, she explains proper etiquette at the
hot spring, which is a popular pastime throughout the country. With
help from a Japanese cooking professional, Miyuki also sets up
reoccurring Japanese cooking lessons.
Miyuki, born and raised in Japan, knows how important the relationship
is between the American and Japanese people and wants to strengthen the
bonds, hoping that more will understand their different cultures. She
believes many don't try to learn about the culture because of one thing.
"The biggest reason many Americans and Japanese don't learn about each
other's culture is because they are not comfortable," said Miyuki. "Many
people get nervous and moments tend to get awkward because of the
language barrier. I want to find ways to break that barrier so Americans
can enjoy their stay in Japan," she added.
Often times, Miyuki quickly and accurately answers questions base
residents have about living here. If Miyuki is unsure about a question,
she will research it to ensure a completely accurate answer.
"I feel I'm a valuable resource to the base," said Miyuki, "I hope
people will come to me for any of their Japanese informational needs."
Miyuki is located at the AFRC in the Torii building. For more
information on the cultural programs the AFRC offers, contact her by
phone, at 226-4735.