In February I started to work as a conversation host at an English conversation café in Shibuya. English cafés provide a way for customers to get experience with the English language by having casual conversations in English with native or highly proficient English speakers. This is an alternative to formal English lessons in a typical classroom or private lesson experience. Every now and then I’d pick up a 3-4 hour shift and work at Alpha after class or on a weekend.  It was a really interesting opportunity for me because it was a unique way to spend time chatting with the Japanese customers and learning about their lives, thoughts and interests.


I think the most customers I’ve had at a table at once was five. In the back, instructors host private English lessons.


One Saturday, Alpha held a picnic in Yoyogi Park, which provided a fun way to bond with other customers and others that work at Alpha.


Hanging out with some customers at an Alpha picnic in Yoyogi Park. IMG_0651

We did some Alpha bonding by picnic-ing, hanging out and playing a frisbee game of keep away. IMG_0715IMG_0668IMG_0814IMG_0819


About Christine Boegemann

A recent graduate with a BA from Temple University's Film and Media Arts Program, Christine Boegemann has spent her undergrad years working to foster creative growth everywhere she could find it – in herself and others. Her list of college activities include working in working at Temple's film lab, acting as VP for a student organization that produces its own short films and film festivals, and serving as head of art department for a sketch show called Temple Smash. She has interned at two VFX houses - one in Manhattan, New York and the other in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also studied abroad in India in the summer of 2012 as a member of the 2012 cohort of the Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership. She spent spring 2013, her final semester, studying art and animation in Tokyo, Japan. During her time there, she worked as a photo blogger for Temple Study Abroad. She also worked as a conversation host at an English café in Shibuya. Now back in the US, Christine is currently working as a producer for the feature film, The Youth Washed Up. She is also continuing work on her own independent project rooted in sharing the work and experiences of women she met during her time in India.

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