About Me


 

Name: Erika Yamashita

Occupation: Japanese-English interpreter/translator & English coach

Date of birth: February 2nd, 1985

Place of birth: Shimizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Current address: Higashimurayama City, Tokyo, Japan

Married to my beloved husband since 2013

 

English Study and Interpreting Training

  • 2006 - 2011  Simul Academy Interpreting Course (Consecutive and Simultaneous Interpretation Trainings)
  • 2004-2006  Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, US
  • 2001-2002  Clear Lake High School, Houston, Texas, US

 

Hobbies and Skills

  • Judo - I practiced Jodo from first grade to 12th grade. Mr. Kose Inoue, the current head coach of male national team of Japan was my hero when I was in high school. Now I’m a big fan of Mr. Ryunosuke Haga.
  • Baking - I love baking all kinds of pastries.
  • Recipe translation - I love translating English-written recipes into Japanese. I enjoy cooking with those recipes, too.
  • Looking around table ware shops - I just love watching them. Wedgewood is my favorite brand.
  • Piano - I used to play classic pieces. Now I write my own piece and enjoy singing them while playing the piano.
  • Subtitling English movies and videos in Japanese - I do it as a part of my translating training and for fun.

 

More things I like

  • English - It’s a part of me.
  • Interpretation/Transation -  The greatest excitement.
  • Swing Vote - The best movie of my life. 
  • Soul Music from 60s to 80s - Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Melba Moore, The Stylistics, The Supremes, The Four Tops ...etc.
  • Broadway Musical - A Chorusline is the best.
  • End of the World - Also known as “SEKAI NO OWARI.” They play songs both in Japanese and English. Mr. Fukase (the vocalist) sings English songs beautifully and that was why I was firstly attracted to their music.
  • Sapporo - The best place in the world. If anyone need an interpreter in Sapporo, please let me know. I’ll fly from Tokyo immediately.