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Beruang Brian

Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

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  • 30 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, German, Italian; learning Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Art / design
  • Photography
  • From Amsterdam
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

I'm a simple person who likes hiking, cycling, and eating ice cream. I left the Netherlands like five years ago and lived in Australia first, and then in Japan. I enjoy complicated and challenging conversations and project, but in the end of the day I take my inflatable crocodile out into the bay.

I occasionally exhibit photographs or play electronic music concerts, more often I just hang out and debate furniture colors.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

I used to host a lot of people in Amsterdam (even in squats) and in Taipei, and I keep running into former guests and hosts while journeying, and that makes it really worthwhile.


I'm discovering Okinawan lifestyle and I like it very much.

I volunteered for some environmental things like the Tsunami in Japan and forest / animal conservation in Tasmania. I'm quite interested in sustainability and adapting lifestyles towards that, but it seems quite normal in Japan, outside of the cities.

In the Netherlands I went through art school and I'm slowly recovering from my initial shock : ) and starting to produce some work again.

Music, Movies & Books

I listen to mostly jazz, like Greg Osby, John Coltrane, Wilbur Harden, Sam Rivers, and old ska, like Patsy Todd and Marcia Griffiths.

I like Gaspar Noe, the director of Irreversible and other intense films. I'm also a big fan of Wong Kar-Wai and the actors he works with.

I read a few books by Bret Easton Ellis, Yukio Mishima, Gabriele D'Annunzio, and magazines that feature Donald Duck.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Swimming in the rain in Thailand, travelling to Batman in Turkey.

Teach, Learn, Share

Hmmm ... I know how to say duck in at least nine different languages.

What I Can Share With Hosts

Some cooking skills (a lot of chilli peppers), stories of debauchery or stories of devotion, fix a tyre.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, China, Iran, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Taiwan

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