Who am I?
Cody Baldwin. I currently reside in Aioi, Hyogo, Japan. A small town known for shipbuilding. I teach English here, but also work in graphic design, photography, and audio production. I’ve been in Japan since late August, 2011, and I love to travel and try new foods. (Recently, I’ve become infatuated with finding the perfect Ramen)
I graduated from North Central High School, one of the largest schools in the state of Indiana, with honors and with college credits from ‘Advanced Placement Studio Art’. Through NC, I also studied Japanese for four years and spent three weeks in the summer of 2004 with a gracious host family, the Shimoda’s, in Morioka City of Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan.
I graduated from Indiana University in the Spring of 2011. I majored in Communications and Culture and minored and East Asian Studies with a concentration in Japanese. I made several award winning films during my time in the CMCL department working with several fantastic professors who I still consider mentors. I also had the opportunity to design and assist the editing of two publications on campus: The Collins Living Learning Center’s annual compendium of residents’ art, titled “The Dancing Star”; and the campus wide arts publication sponsored by the Union Board student association, “Canvas”. I also relish my experience at Indiana University Radio and Television Services (IU-RTVS) where I worked for several years as a production assistant. There I learned a great deal about the entire cycle of video production from set construction to shipping DVDs.
I’ve been teaching English in Japan for going on three years now. I teach mainly younger elementary students (first through fourth), but have experience teaching pretty much all age groups. I took the CELTA English teaching methodology course in the Summer of 2011, at the New York Teaching House school. I’ve been studying Japanese for over 8 years now, but only recently passed the JEES Japanese Language Proficiency Exam level N3.
Hobbies and Interests
I’m interested in just about everything, I love non-fiction, and am constantly exploring new ideas and topics whenever possible. I take photographs, travel, enjoy cooking and eating unique foods, playing chess and recently shogi. I also love biking, and try to take my bike with me whenever and wherever I go. I make free music which is available on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Photos I’ve taken in the past which have been archived are available on Flickr. I do have a Twitter, and a Facebook, a Tumblr, and you can see my (mostly protected) Youtube and Vimeo accounts, if it please you. Check the “Web” section for links. Finally, I have a almost preternatural interest in hot sauce and spicy food, and dream to one day make my own.