Phillip Johnson

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Hello, students! My name is Phillip and I’m from a smallish town in Minnesota close to Fargo. Before coming to Japan, I spent several years teaching in South Korea at a foreign language university. I met my wife in Seoul at a salsa dance class and together we decided to live in Tokyo. I think one of my strong points as a teacher is being able to talk about both “high-brow” and “low-brow” topics, so whether you’re interested in literature, comedy, movies, design, fight sports or psychology, I’m sure we can find common ground.

Home State

Favorite Conversation Topics

  • Literature
  • Writing (Fiction/Poetry)
  • Dance (Salsa/Latin)
  • Games
  • Psychology
  • History
  • TV/Movies
  • Martial arts
  • Relationships
  • Language learning

Facts About Me

  • Favorite Japanese expression: Shinrin-yoku (森林浴)
  • Favorite salsa dance song: La Vida Es Un Carnaval
  • Coolest book owned: The Red Book (C. G. Jung)