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AIHA

Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan

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Overview

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  • Fluent in Japanese; learning English, Hungarian, Korean
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • In between jobs and learning Hungarian
  • BA - Buddhist Studies, Japanese lite...
  • From born in Nagasaki Japan, and grew up in Osaka, Japan
  • Profile 45% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To explore, observe and appreciate beauty in the world!

ABOUT ME

I was born in Nagasaki Pref. which is located in the southern part of Japan. Nagasaki was the only city to maintain international trade throughout Japan's period of isolation and there are so many mixed and newly developed foreign cultures. And, as you may know Nagasaki has sad and horrific experience of destruction of nuclear bombs. Actually, my grandparents, my aunt, and my mother are A-bomb victims.
I moved to Osaka Pref. and grew up here. When I was 14 years old, I experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake, 17/Jan/1995. It was strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 and more than 6400 people died. I heard somebody screamed, cried, called somebody's name, something broken, crashed during the quake...it was really, really scary. I, my family and people around me did not die but some were injured and some completely lost their houses. I was deeply shocked with this earthquake. Could not help crying suddenly, without any reason. But one day I saw the news on TV (the electricity was recovered weeks later) showing that Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Buddhist were praying together under the same roof of the partially destroyed temple. I do not know how I should express my feeling at that moment but I am sure that I was deeply moved. After that I became to consider about human beings, life and death, and this whole world, more than before.

Sorry for my rambling talk, well... so, from my background and experience as mentioned above, I would like to meet new people around the world as much as possible.
By meeting with new people, my eyes will be widely opened, my mind will become more flexible, and my heart will learn about compassion for others more, realizing that I am just one of human beings.

Since I am thankful to be able to have such a wonderful opportunity to know new people from different countries and areas, and appreciate all of your kindness and supports for this great project CouchSurfing, I ventured to write the above my earnest (maybe too serious?) thoughts and opinion, thank you and hope to see you soon. :)

PHILOSOPHY

Be honest with yourself... :)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I would love to meet strangers and new people. Also am trying to share useful information about my city Osaka for the travelers.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Only once so far (Linz, Austria). I had a great time and am thankful to the hosts there.

Interests

Art, cinema, museum, drama, music (i love all the music except death metal...), hiking, nature, drinks, meeting friends, language, culture, international cooperation,

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Tunng, Kathryn Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Psapp, KOOKS, TAHITI 80, Lali Puna, The Libertines, Specials, Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright, Juana Molina, Chatmonchy, GO!GO!7188, Spitz, Yura Yura Teikoku, Hanaregumi, Ulfuls, The blue hearts, Yukari Fresh, Quarteto Em Cy, Stina Nordenstam, Regina Spektor, Feist, Klapa Ragusa, Art blakey...and more!

Movies: In the Name of the Father, The Goonies, Love Actually, HANA-BI, Bread and Roses, MALLI, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Mermaids, Shrek, Children of Heaven, Brassed Off...etc...

Books: I cannot select...I love books...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

When I went to Petra, Jordan, I became friends with some bedouin people and they invited me to their village. They let me ride their donkey and ran behind the donkey holding the rein... sometimes singing, sometimes whistling. The village was actually, very simple and small place, but people were so lovely and kind. When I had to leave after having two or three cups of sweet tea, they asked me when I will come again... They saw me off, waving their hands really long time until they completely could not find me...

The warmth of the donkeyback, smiling Bedouin women in colourful dresses, small baby's socks hung outside to dry...I still remember the moment as if it were yesterday.
It was great experience. :)

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Jordan, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Japan

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