My name is Sheila Burt. This is a blog about Chicago and Japan.  The word inaka means countryside in Japanese. I was an English teacher in rural Japan for three years.  I lived in Namerikawa, Toyama and Matsuyama, Ehime on Shikoku Island. Prior to starting my position in Japan, I was a freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, Gapers Block and the Daily Southtown (now the SouthtownStar).  I also completed a six-month research project/internship for Crain’s Chicago Business in 2010.  I studied print journalism with a concentration in sociology and a minor in American history at Northwestern University. Some of my favorite stories involve the American Dream — seeing when it succeeds, and when it fails, turning into what one of my professors in college called “The American Nightmare.” Born in Evergreen Park, Ill., I am currently based in the Chicago area. E-mail me at smburt@gmail.com.


2 responses to “About

  1. Sheila! I stopped by Patrick and Katherine’s today to drop off a birthday gift for Brendan. Katherine told me about this blog…its AMAZING!! I had no idea you were doing this. Your words are poetic, and I very much enjoyed reading all of your work. I’m glad she told me about this, I wish you had : ) You are too modest. Simply incredible…

  2. Thank you, Chere. Very kind of you to say. Thanks for reading.

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