Iva Georgieva was born in a small town near the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. She started studying Japanese at home and in 2008 came to Japan. Now Iva is a PhD student at The University of Tokyo. Like many other foreign students, she has spent a few years living in a dormitory with friends from many countries and cultures. This is why she loves communicating with people from different countries and working at her language learning jobs in Tokyo.
Petar is from Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, and has always loved the way languages sound. His childhood passion for cartoons, comics, games, and animation led him to becoming a freelance illustrator. He’s also an avid and experienced Bulgarian folk dancer. After getting his BA in Japanese studies in Sofia, he took an interest in cultural anthropology, and worked as a designer in an ad agency. He had to drop this, as well as his choreography major, to come to Tokyo and pursue the scholarship he won for a study program in Hitotsubashi University. Naturally, his attention turned to dynamic contemporary digital content and he then got his master’s from the Graduate School of the Digital Hollywood University.
|Tzvetelina (Tina) Gavrilova
Tina Gavrilova is a graduate student at Keio Media Design. She was born and raised in Bulgaria. She’s currently living in Japan and refers to her stay in Japan as her “Big Japan Adventure.” She often facilitates intercultural training sessions, participated in the shooting of a promotional video for Yokohama city, and is addicted to Japanese sweets.
Tanya Simeonova is from Northern Bulgaria. She has a great passion for learning new languages, which include Japanese. She started learning the Japanese language out of curiosity and a love for adventure. She first came to Japan in 2009 as an exchange student and made many international friends. Now she lives and works in Tokyo. She loves traveling in the country whenever there is time, and also cycling.