Monday, March 18, 2024

New Intern: self introduction

Hey everyone!

I'm Akiko, a newly joined intern at Tenatch. I'm currently doing an exchange program for this academic year at UTSC. Although I major in Portuguese at my home university in Osaka, Japan, I'm now taking courses related to food cultures and history as UTSC offers "food studies" as a minor program. It is really fascinating to profoundly study how food has played a significant role in creating social space in and out of the domestic sphere in history around the world!!

Before coming to Toronto as an exchange student, I used to work as a marketing intern at an English language school, located in Kuala Lumpur, aiming to attract more Japanese students by making short videos to upload on the official SNS accounts as well as contacting Japanese influencers and agents to attain more channels. Besides, I worked part-time in an inside sales team of a chemical marketplace company to connect more buyers overseas with Japanese manufacturers.

While I was looking for another opportunity that would expand my career path, something unique to Toronto and something that I can utilize my previous experience, I found this Tenatch company. Because I was originally born and grew up in an extremely suburban area of Okayama Prefecture, Japan, I have always been interested in the revitalization of the city and in encouraging small businesses, which matches the concept of Tenatch. I am so glad to be a member of this team and thrilled to work on the projects:)

Thank you so much for reading, and see you all soon!

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