Guest Blog: A Girl From Tokyo

Hi everyone! My name is Maho and I am a first-year student in Creative Industries. I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and came to Canada when I was 15-years-old. I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to write some posts as a guest blogger on WhyRyerson throughout the year.

About Me

As I mentioned, I am originally from Japan. I was raised by my mother who is an English teacher, and my father who works in the advertisement industry in Japan. Although my mom was an English speaker, I had not learned how to communicate using English until I physically came to the English-speaking country. I could barely sing the alphabet to the end! My high school was a boarding school located in Victoria, BC. People often ask me why I decided to go to a school which is in halfway across the globe by myself. The first reason was that I was inspired by my family. Ever since my mother (who graduated from Western), and my grandpa (who studied his masters in the University of Toronto) told me a lot about their experiences of studying abroad, I was naturally drawn to studying overseas someday. The second reason is that I needed a change for my study environment. My passion has been dancing for over 10 years (I am a part of UHHU, which is a Hip-Hop dance team at Ryerson), and I knew that I wanted to have something related to the entertainment industry as my career. Then I thought that if I wanted to study what I am passionate about, I needed to get out and see the world. So, here I am.

I’ve been dancing since I was grade 2, and I absolutely love performing.

I also worked backstage as a stage manager for the musical productions at my high school for two years.

Why Ryerson?

You might wonder why I am at Ryerson. At the beginning of grade 12, I was determined to go to a theatre school in the States. However, I found out that it would be academically and financially difficult for me to go there. Then I was introduced to the program called Creative Industries at Ryerson. It is one-of-a-kind program in Canada where you can study pretty much anything you can think of within the creative industries. If you are a student who wants to pursue your dream of working closely with creative people, this program could be the perfect fit for you. Although I just started in this program, I am already enjoying people’s enthusiasm and seeing their potential. I especially love the fact that a lot of people who I’ve met so far have the same interests as me, such as working at a concert/music festival/dance company etc. It sometimes feels weird, but at the same time they make me feel that I am in the right place.

You might also be wondering why I moved from the west coast to the east coast. Despite the fact that Toronto weather can be brutal, I like the culture because it encourages people to flourish it the entertainment business. You can see the trend of artists from Toronto and GTA area who are now constantly on the top hit charts. I am excited to see what opportunities this city holds for me as a student who seeks to work in the creative field.

That’s it for this blog! I believe I can offer you insights as a first-year student, an international student, and as a student in Creative Industries. I hope you’ll stay tuned for my next blog.


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