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About this website “EN PLADS”

This website is a space to express myself. I named this site “en plads” from Danish word which means “a place” and “a space”. Denmark is my favourite country. I like coffee, music, art, drawing and travel. I love travel abroad and to meet many different people. But why Denmark is the best for me? The reason is explained in the following part.

My photo blog about travel abroad and life in Japan HERE.

My drawings, HERE.

About Me

Ryoko Kamimura

Born and raised in Tokyo. A Japanese who has been loving Denmark for over 20 years. 

In 1998, I visited Denmark for the first time when I was 14 years old as a member of an international exchange program. It was my first trip abroad and I fell in love with Denmark at first sight. Everything was so impressive. The buildings, designs, foods, school environment, the atmosphere around Danish people etc. The relationships between students and teachers were casual and friendly. Danish language sounded lovely and I liked to see that they talked and laughed each other, it just made me smile. I stayed there only for one week or so. Nevertheless, I met really kind and friendly people with big smiles and experienced many new things which were totally different from Japanese culture. I thought that I would love to go back to Denmark one day again in the future, soon after I came back home.

However, that future did not come to me so soon in my real life in Japan, although I was always thinking of Denmark. I graduated junior high school, high school and then, before I graduated university in Japan, I travelled to Denmark with my friends. It was 2007. 10 years had passed since I traveled before. It was also a short trip. We stayed for several days only and it was not enough for me. So I decided to live in Denmark after I worked in Japan for a few years.

In 2010, I finally lived in Denmark from January to August. Still it was a short period but I stayed at a folkehøjskole, Danish folk high school for the first 5 months in Odder and then rented a room for 3 months in Copenhagen. I learned a lot of things, such as, how to think, decide and take action by myself, how to enjoy my own life, how much important to build good relationships with people, etc. My English skill was beginner of beginner as well as my Danish at that time. So it was very hard to do what I wanted and say what I thought in front of people. There were so many things that I should have done but I could not during the time. I realised this when I travelled around Europe after I left Denmark. “Why did I not say that?” and “why did I not do that?”, things like that. I regret it still now. But when I went to English language school in the UK, I tried to do what I could not do in Denmark. For example, I communicated with people I met as much as possible, hung out with friends and helped each other, cooked together, and talked, laughed, discussed about many kinds of things. I tried to be honest and open-minded. And those days made me to think that I would like to try it in Denmark again. It was not so easy for me to live in Denmark again and improve myself but I think I should make my own life by myself whatever people say.

I made this website in 2021, it was very difficult time all over the world. However I tried to believe that things must be better if we did not give up things that each of us was facing. Although it has been taking a lot of time to make my dream happen, I try to keep following it. I would love to know about Denmark more. And now in 2022 I am living in Denmark again.

History

WHEN DID I MEET DENMARK & DANES

1998 Visited Denmark for the first time as a member of international exchange program (The program made Gladsaxe in Denmark and Taito in Japan a sister city in 2000)

2010 Odder folkehøjskole (Main classes I took : Drawing and graphic, Painting and art history, Danish culture, Danish Language)

2007 , 2013 , 2018 , 2019 , 2020  Travelled in Denmark

2022  International Business Academy (IBA) : AP (Academic Profession) degree in Marketing Management

WORK & ACTIVITIES

2013-2014 Tour Leader Assistant of Tokyo tour for Danish, Swedish, Norwegian people (Albatros travel)

2013 Joined Postcard Contest Exhibition at Shimokita Art Space in Tokyo to exhibit my postcards of Denmark and other Europe countries view.

2017 Started to create a little news paper “Så Godt!” * to write and share my experience and curious about Denmark (only written in Japanese)

2017 Started as a editor of email newsletter for Danish language learners (issued by Polyglot Co.,Ltd in Japanese) 

2019 Collaborated with Japanese film distributer to advertise Danish movie “Adams Æbler / Adam’s Apples” in Japan(Collected information written in Danish and translated to Japanese language, provided illustration related the movie)

2019 Collaborated with Tokyo International Film Festival. (Checked the accuracy of the personal names’ spelling in Japanese translated from Danish for Danish movie “Onkel / Uncle”)

*The little news paper “Så Godt!” written in Japanese only. However everyone can take a look it from HERE or HERE (tumblr blog site).

Question?

Email : contact@enplads.com

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