Ayumi Ariella Shimoda

Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto-fu, Japan

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  • Fluent in English, Japanese; learning English, Hebrew (modern), Spanish
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Language lecturer/Interpreter/Model/Salsa teacher
  • MA in International Relations/Theatre play
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

It's nice to meet you here!
My name is Ayumi, my dancer name is Ariella. Please call me whichever you feel easier to remember!


Secret till we meet!


My name is Ayumi. I am from Kyoto, Japan. I am a freelance teacher and translator. I also do some traditional modeling jobs sometimes.


Life is endless learning process.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I'm afraid that I don't update information of my introduction page quite often. So it is still on the process of editing.
I am still learning nicer ways to communicate with other couch surfers on this CF online networks and in person. :-)

I am sorry when I can't reply to your messages or couch requests immediately. Sometimes I just can't check messages constantly.

I like to meet cool couch surfers, share our experiences, and help couch surfers traveling across Kyoto have great experiences here.

I would like to visit and meet couch surfers around the world and have great time.


I hosted a few travelers at my house in Kyoto. I had good time having teas or drinks with some nice surfers sometimes in my city. I enjoyed showing travelers around best spots of the city,too.

I stayed with couch surfers in Japan, in the US, in Europe. All the hosts were very nice people. I met a lot of amazing hosts and travelers in past.


I enjoy meeting people to learn and exchange from each other.
I also enjoy my time walking around historical places, rivers with trees, watching movies, or reading books.
I like dancing salsa and practicing tango, too.
when i have free time myself, i like walking in the city for window shopping and sometimes for real shopping.
I like art and traditional culture,too.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movie : "Torilogy", and so many. I like watching movies.
Music : Tangos, Milonga, Salsa, latin musics, Krezma, classical musics.
Books : so many.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I don't come up with any extraordinary things happened in my life. But I feel what is amazing the best is I am living now and I have good friends around me always.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can share/help you learn beautiful Japanese, Japanese culture, dancing salsa, travel tips in Japan, especially in Kyoto.
I can cook some Japanese dishes, too. Sometimes I am asked to teach how to fall Origami things. So I often have some origamis in my bag when i travel. If you are interested in Origami things, we can fall something together. It's fun.

I'm always interested in different culture and different ways of looking at what I look at.
I'd like to learn Spanish and English. So it will be great if we can exchange them with Japanese.
I am practicing tango currently, so I am looking for any opportunity of joining a dance lesson in Rome and in Barcelona.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, Japan

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