17 Oct Guest Q&A: Ellen Knuth on her home away from home, Tottori

Ellen Knuth, Panrimo's Midwest University Relations Manager, recently returned to the United States after spending five years living in Japan. Beginning with an academic year abroad in Kyoto during college, Ellen returned to the United States for a few months before headed back to Japan for an additional four years abroad teaching English language courses to Japanese students in Tottori, with ages ranging from three to eighty. During her time in Tottori, Ellen became a local staple in the city's public life, exploring her role as an educator and embracing the sense of community that she found with the citizens. When she began preparing to return to the United States, members of the Tottori Prefecture's tourism board sought her out to ask her about her time in Tottori, some of her favorite spots, and a message for everyone who plans on visiting Japan. Take a look at what she had to say below! [caption id="attachment_565" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Ellen Knuth, Panrimo's Midwest University Relations Manager[/caption] What is your name? Ellen Knuth Where are you from? What do you do? I'm from Kalamazoo, Michigan in the USA. I'm currently working as an English teacher in Kotoura. How long have you lived in Tottori? I have lived in Tottori for the past three and a half years. What's your favorite sightseeing spot in Tottori? My favorite sightseeing spot is Nariishi-no-hama in Kotoura. It's a unique stone beach and the sound of the water on the rocks is beautiful. What's your favorite food and shop? The furoshiki...

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19 Sep Panrimo happily welcomes our new staff members!

Detroit has seen a lot of changes in recent months, with some setbacks, but many more positive developments. The city's social climate has soared as downtown Detroit's Campus Martius was turned into a beach for the summer. Speakers mounted on the Compuware Building boomed music curated by patrons of local restaurants, players packed the sand volleyball courts, and the sounds of the Detroit Tiger's roared in the background from Comerica Park. Down on the Riverfront, day camps brought kids in throngs along the Detroit River, playing in the fountains and lounging in the parks. An energy that's been lost for years finally feels like it's returning. Panrimo's home base in Detroit has also seen many changes. We've added new programs, updated our logo, redesigned an entirely new catalog for 2014, and introduced a fantastic new lookbook, giving a brief glimpse into our aesthetics, ideas, and passions. We even added a skylight to the office! [caption id="attachment_553" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Vitamin D![/caption] But these changes are secondary when it comes to the brilliant new minds that we've added to our staff. We are incredibly pleased to welcome four new members to our staff, and want to recognize them accordingly! Say hello to our new staff members below: Craig VanderMuellen - Internship Abroad Program Manager Working from our home base in Detroit, MI, Craig has a passion for education and travel. He hopes to fuse these passions while managing Panrimo's internship programs. Craig graduated from Western Michigan University...

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