Kyoto Pref. Office

Adam Francklin アダム・フランクリン                    2019‐Present

Hi everyone! My name is Adam Franklin, and I’m the new Coordinator for International Relations at the Kyoto Prefecture International Affairs Division. I’m taking over for my predecessor Maia Hall, and I’m very happy to be living and working here in Kyoto City!


Truth be told, I’ve lived in Kyoto City for the past 6 years as I did both my Bachelor’s and my Master’s at Rtisumeikan University. When applying for this position I expressed my hopes to stay here in Kyoto City, but never in my wildest dreams did I actually think that could become a reality!


I was born and raised in a small town called Denbigh, which is in the north of Wales, the UK. It’s a largely rural area with lots of castles and sheep, so moving to Japan and living in the big city has certainly been a change of pace for me.


A question I get asked a lot is why I chose to study at a Japanese University. I think the answer to that question ultimately lies in my thought process around about the time I was graduating high school. I didn’t have a domestic University that I strongly wanted to go to, nor did I have a subject that I desperately wanted to study. When I came across the idea of studying abroad, I thought that wouldn’t it be great to study in a foreign country and learn the language whilst earning my degree!


I scratched other European countries off the list of possible destinations as I was worried that the prevalence of English fluency among those countries would mean I wouldn’t be able to fully immerse myself in the local language. Following this logic, I decided to look at countries that had a language that was far removed from English, and the prevalence of English-speaking natives not being a given.


Asia in general was a big area for this, and specifically within Asia I started to look at China, South Korea and Japan. I was particularly interested in Japan after being exposed to so much Japanese pop-fiction while I was growing up. Growing up in the 90s and early 00s, I used to hear a lot about how advanced of a country Japan was, that they were supposedly decades ahead technology wise. Couple this with “cool” images of samurai and ninja I had in my head, it became cemented as a place I wanted to visit when I was older.


So now with the chance to live and study there, I became very eager. I applied to Ritsumeikan University and spent a lot of effort on my applications. I was selected for an interview, did the best I could and crossed my fingers in anticipation! Luckily, I was accepted, and thus began my 6-year University journey in Japan.


I started my language study from scratch when I came here, but after 6 years of study I had a strong enough understanding of the language to apply for the position of CIR, and here I am now! I love my job, and I’m incredibly happy that I can pursue this kind of work in the city of my beloved university days. Kyoto has well and truly become a second home for me, and I look forward to what the future might bring!


Maia Hall マヤ・ホール


Hello! My name is Maia Hall and I am the new Coordinator for International Relations at the Kyoto Prefectural Office International Affairs Division. I’m very excited to be living in as beautiful and unique a city as Kyoto!


I am half British and half Japanese but was born in Bonn, a small city in Germany, famous as the birthplace of Beethoven and Haribo sweets and also (like Kyoto was for Japan) for being the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 until the reunification. I lived in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong as a child and then went to boarding school in the South of England from the age of 16.

Scotland, England, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan



I recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Joint Honours degree in Linguistics and Japanese, spending my Year Abroad at Keio University in Tokyo. Having lived in Edinburgh for 4 years, although my family now lives in Germany again, I feel very at home in Scotland! I’m excited to get to share what I love about Germany, the UK and multi-cultural living in general to people in Kyoto Prefecture and also learn lots about this area from local and foreign residents alike!



I think it it’s very important and exciting that Japan is increasingly opening itself up to other cultures, and feel very privileged to be a part of this cross-cultural movement here in Kyoto, a city world-famous for its history and traditions.  I love to travel, eat, write and meet people and look forward to doing all these things here, hopefully with some of you!


Previous Kyoto Prefectural Office CIRs

Mark Garratt マーク・ガラット

My name is Mark Garratt, and I am the new CIR based at the Kyoto Prefectural Office, working in the International Affairs Division! I arrived at the beginning of August 2012, and I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of the Kyoto community!


I have come from the wee town of Birnam on the banks of the River Tay, in central Perthshire, in central Scotland. In many ways, I find that the landscape is a lot like rural Japan in the sense that there are a few small towns and villages located along the main road north from Perth to Inverness, and outside of that is breathtaking natural beauty. If you’re at all familiar with Shakespeare’s Scottish Play, “Macbeth”, you’ll notice that Birnam Wood is mentioned, and rightfully so, as my local area is regarded as being in the heart of “Big Tree Country”. We have lots of hills, trees, and even more sheep. It’s a beautiful little place, and a real hidden gem for anyone wanting to get a taste of what the real Scotland is like.

出身はイギリスのセントラルスコットランド中心部のパースシャイア州です。日本に来る前に、テイー川岸にあるバーナムという小さい町で家族と暮らしていました。日本の田舎のように、パースからインバネスまでのメインロード沿いに小さな町や村が並び、その周りにはとてもきれいな景色しかありません。シェイクスピアの「マクベス」という芝居に「バーナム・ウッド」(Birnam Wood)が出てきます。確かに、バーナムの周辺は「ビッグ・ツリー・カントリー」の中心だと呼ばれています。山、林や羊がとても多くて、「本当のスコットランド」を経験したい人にとって、僕のオススメです!

I have recently graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK, having studied a joint honours course in Economics and Japanese for 4 years. I’ll be trying to pick up where Jennifer left off, by trying to facilitate as much as I can for both native and foreign residents in the area, helping out at international-themed events, and hopefully introducing a side of the UK and British culture that many people may not have had the chance to experience before.


I feel it’s important for not only Kyoto Prefecture, but Japan in general, to make sure that those residents, who may not necessarily have a strong grasp of the Japanese language, are offered the same services as everyone else. I believe that the UK is a shining example of a multicultural society, and so hopefully I can use my experiences to help foster an international environment and promote awareness of this kind of community.


I’m thrilled to be here in Kyoto, and I look forward to meeting you all soon!


Jennifer Krafft ジェニファー・クラフト

Born in: Ithaca, New York, United States.

Ithaca is a small city in a rural part of New York State, far from New York City. While it is small, it has a very international and diverse atmosphere due to its two colleges, Ithaca College and Cornell University. Ithaca also has beautiful natural surroundings including a number of waterfalls, a beautiful lake, striking fall colors and lovely apple blossoms in the spring.

ニューヨーク州といっても、ニューヨーク市からずいぶん離れた、田舎の町です。しかし、コーネル大学などがあるため、国際的な雰囲気があります。また、イ サカは大自然に囲まれ、いくつかの滝ときれいな湖があります。秋は紅葉がとてもきれいで、春にはリンゴの花がいっぱい咲きます。

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