Meet CIR Erin CIRエリンに会いましょう


Erin was Matsudo City's inaugural Coordinator of International Relations. She enjoyed living and working in the city from July 2015 until February 2018, when she moved on to pursue graduate studies in Melbourne, Australia.

Meet 'CIR' Erin!

Hello and welcome! My name is Erin Scott, and I am one of Matsudo City’s 'CIRs' (Coordinators of International Relations). It is a pleasure to share these pages with you.

I know we’ve only just met, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret...I’m actually a Matsudo newbie. I arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed at the end of July 2015 to set up house and start a new job. Moving to a new place always feels like a bit of a gamble, but Matsudo has already wiggled its way into my affections. Good luck on my part!

Whilst I do have a long affiliation with Japan, I am not Japanese. Below are three cultural excerpts* to help you guess where I am from -

1) Poem: “I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains...”
2) Quote: “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum!”
3) Song: “I come from a land down under, where women glow and men plunder.”

In plain English, I am from Australia! I grew up just a few minutes away from Matsudo’s sister city - the City of Whitehorse - in Melbourne. Whilst I call Melbourne my home, I have also been fortunate enough to live in several other cities both within Australia and abroad in Japan and Spain.

My passions include intercultural communication and travelling to new places. I also enjoy snorkeling, playing the ukulele, and feasting on sushi train. The word that best describes my personality would have to be ‘curious’. Finally, I can often be found sipping on a Matcha Latte in one of the many cafes nearby Matsudo Station - if you spot me please don’t hesitate to say hello!

As Matsudo’s inaugural Coordinator of International Relations (CIR), I am excited to encourage others to discover the many charms of this city. See you in Matsudo!

What is a 'Coordinator of International Relations' (CIR)?

Click to read Erin's monthly column 'Here comes Erin!' in local newspaper Koho Matsudo

Matsudo Explorations with CIR Erin (blog), complete catalogue

*cultural excerpts:
1) Poem by Dorothea Mackellar, “My Country”,
2) Quote by Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, after the historic victory of the yacht Australia II in the 1983 America's Cup
3) Lyrics by Men At Work, “Down Under”



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