Mano Hooper


  Mano Hooper

Division: Niseko Town Hall, Industry & Tourism Division
Duties: Translation/Interpretation (EN/JA), Language Support & Instruction, Tourist Information, Event Planning, School Visits/Readings
Languages: English, Japanese, French
Nationality: Ottawa, Canada

Personal History

Carleton University, Global Politics Major
Work experience:
Teaching assistant for Japanese 1 year, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Carleton University, Canada

Past Events


Hello, my name is Mano Hooper and I am from Ottawa, Canada. I have been working as a Coordinator of International Relations since October, 2021. I have connections to Japan since I have family in Tochigi, but since it is my first time working in Japan, I’m hoping to learn and experience many things while I’m here. I decided to become a CIR because I would like to go to graduate school and continue studying international affairs in the future. Since Niseko is a global town, with residents from all over the world, I’m very glad I was placed here! I’m really looking forward to getting to know lots of people and lots of different cultures while here in Niseko. Nice to meet you!

Where I’m From

Do you know where the capital of Canada is? While a lot of people may think it is Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, it is actually Ottawa, my hometown! Ottawa is a city on the Eastern side of Ontario with a population of roughly 1 million people, about half the size of Sapporo. Since it is the capital, there are lots of government workers living there, and there are also many students because there are two big universities. The two universities are called Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, and there is an intense rivalry between the two (By the way, I graduated from Carleton. Go ravens!).
Ottawa has an image of being a pretty quiet city. While there are some people who think that there’s nothing to do there, it’s the kind of city where its charm becomes more visible the longer you stay. For example, one interesting thing about Ottawa is that it is heavily influenced by French and Quebec culture since it is right next to the border between Ontario and Quebec. Right across the Ottawa River on the Quebec side is Gatineau, a predominantly French speaking city with around 300000 people. Although the more common language in Ottawa is English, it’s not unusual to hear some French as well when walking around town. Teaching French in schools is also encouraged, so Ottawa is considered a bilingual city.
Ottawa is especially fun in winter! Although the other seasons are also great since there’s lots of hiking and the leaves are beautiful in the fall, Ottawa has lots to do particularly in the winter season. In this way, it’s similar to Niseko! Around January, the big canal downtown called the Rideau Canal freezes and becomes a 7.8 kilometer long skateway! Because of this, skating is very popular in Ottawa. I highly recommend grabbing some hot chocolate and beavertails (a snack made of a flat piece of deep fried dough) after going skating on the canal. Please do come visit someday!