Japan Outreach Initiative
Erika Norikami is KU’s Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator, who works to develop a deeper understanding of Japan throughout Kansas and Western Missouri. Erika arrived in August 2012 and has already worked for one year of her two-year residency at the Center for East Asian Studies. She is available to visit schools and community organizations to conduct Japanese language and cultural activities.
Erika Norikami was born and raised in Osaka, Japan's third largest city, famously known as that country's kitchen. Erika graduated with a degree in English language from Kansai Gaidai University. During her college career, she also was an exchange student for 10 months at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In addition, she served as a resident assistant at an international students' dormitory in Japan, helping foreigners meet the challenges of their daily lives and studies. Since graduating, Erika has worked as a global training and operations client coordinator in the English education industry then took a six-month course to become an English instructor for children.
Sample Presentation Topics
Traditions, events and ceremonies
Information Flyer [PDF]
Details the kinds of programs Erika will be available to present.