Evonie Blake, educator, speaker, transformation coach and performer, has been selected to join the cast of “Cool Japan”, a TV show airing on NHK, the Public Broadcasting Corporation’s channel in Japan.
Blake is originally from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and is a former Miss St. Elizabeth Festival Queen and 2013 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen runner-up. She decided to move to Japan after nearly a decade of working in Jamaica in order to diversify her live. Since moving to Japan, a new country with a new language, Blake has spent the past three and a half years teaching at a private junior and senior high school as a member of its international language department. The courses Blake teaches include English Communication, English Writing, English Critical Thinking, and English Current Affairs. She also coaches students who wish to participate in public speaking competitions.
Blake was selected to join “Cool Japan” after a selection process and audition. The program, which explores various topics and perspectives existing in Japan and compares them with others around the world, features a multinational cast. In her role, Blake will highlight the Jamaican perspective based on cultural practices, general awareness, actions and her own personal experiences and insights.
Blake worked in the field of education for a decade, primarily as an English and English Literature teacher at a Jamaican high school. Her professional background includes employment at the Southwest TVET Institute in Jamaica where she worked in the curriculum department and taught communication and information literacy courses. An entrepreneur, Blake co-founded Apex Academy, which provides extra tuition for high school students in English, SAT exam prep, and remedial, basic and advanced math. She took advantage of her participation in the JCDC Festival Queen competition in 2013 and her status as a finalist to implement her educational project in partnership with the Heart Trust NTA in Jamaica.
Blake considers herself a cultural ambassador for Jamaica and draws on her experiences as a festival queen to inform her participation. She feels that her opportunity to appear on “Cool Japan” is a privilege that allows her to continue to do her best to represent Jamaica on the world stage.