Yoko Joy Kobayashi

Yoko Kobayashi was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She is currently teaching English in Kashiwa, Japan, through the Torrance-Kashiwa Sister City Program. She attended the University of Southern California where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Boston University where she earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling.

Updated June 2008

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Teaching English in Kashiwa, Japan

You are one of those people who will ‘go places in life’ – Panda Express fortune cookie

A few years ago, I received this fortune while dining at the Chinese fast-food establishment known as Panda Express. I am not embarrassed to admit that I love their food. (Kung Pao chicken has always been in my top 5!) However, I am a little embarrassed to admit that this fortune probably served as the catalyst that brought me abroad to Japan. Of course, I did not decide right then and there that I was going to move to Japan. Rather, I kept the ...

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