Current CIRs

Otsu City-A (U.S.)
Shiga Prefectural Office-Émilie (Canada)     CIR from Brazil (Brazil)
Hikone City-Julia (Brazil)   Adrian (Spain)

A – Otsu City CIR (U.S.) – 2020-present

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Hey Everyone!

My name is A, and I am a little bit of a shy person hence the initial and picture of this bird I found at Lake Biwa. I am from the state of Michigan in the United States, but now am living in Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture working on our shared sister city relations. The truth is that I had requested Shiga Prefecture when applying to work in Japan after living here previously in 2014-2015 as a student.


My posts on this blog will be aimed towards anything I find interesting in Otsu that hasn’t been covered yet by the other wonderful CIRs.



Émilie – Shiga Prefectural CIR (Canada) – 2017-present


Salut tout le monde!
Hey everyone!

Je m’appelle Émilie. Je viens du Québec et je suis arrivée à Shiga comme coordinatrice des relations internationales (CIR) à l’été 2017. J’ai deux bac, un en bande dessinée et un en traduction et rédaction (anglais au français). C’est ma troisième fois au Japon, mais ma première à Shiga; j’ai précédemment vécu à Sakai (Osaka) et Nagoya (Aichi). Ma langue maternelle est le français, mais je parle couramment anglais et japonais.

My name is Émilie. I come from Quebec and I arrived in Shiga as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in summer 2017. I have two bachelor’s degrees: one in sequential art and one in translation and writing (English to French). This is my third time in Japan, but my first in Shiga; I previously lived in Sakai (Osaka) and Nagoya (Aichi). My native language is French, but I’m also fluent in English and Japanese.


Amusez-vous bien!Émilie

Shiga Prefectural CIR (Brazil) – 2019-present


Oi, pessoal! É um prazer!

Hi, everyone! Nice to meet you!


Eu assumi o cargo de Coordenador de Relações Internacionais brasileiro de Shiga em abril de 2019 e deste então comecei minha nova vida aqui! Ainda não sei tantas coisas sobre Shiga, mas acho ela uma província linda e cada dia me apaixono mais e mais!

I started working as the Shiga’s Brazilian Coordinator for International Relations in April this year, and that’s when my new life here started! I still don’t know so many things about Shiga, but I think it is a beautiful prefecture and love it more and more everyday!

私の趣味はゲーム、サイクリング、そして日本語の勉強です! 前に日本に遊びに来たことはありますが、住むのは初めてなので毎日が発見でいっぱいでとても楽しいです!

Meus hobbies são jogos, ciclismo e o estudo da língua japonesa! Eu já vim para o Japão anteriormente, mas é minha primeira vez morando aqui, então todos os dias são muitos divertidos e cheios de descobertas!

My hobbies are games, cycling and the study of the Japanese language. I came to japan before, but it’s my first time living here, so everyday is full of discoveries and I have a lot of fun! 


Aqui, eu gostaria de apresentar a vocês sobre minhas experiências em Shiga!

Here, I want to write about my experiences in Shiga!


Nos vemos por aí!

See you!