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Finding old Japanese fountain pens; eating delicious ramen
Professionally, I'm a historian of Chinese art that specializes in Qing dynasty maps. Honestly, however, I tend to spend more time playing music on my banjo, cooking, and drinking wine. Presenty, I'm in Japan studying Japanese.
Every day is a new opportunity to learn!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
A friend from the US directed me to couch surfing, and I've had the pleasure of meeting some couch surfers in Kanazawa for coffee. I'm eager to try this out on my upcoming trip, and would definitely like to participate when I return to the US.
So far, I've only had the pleasure of meeting a couch surfer for coffee. Hopefully, more experiences will be forthcoming!
Chinese maps and map monsters
Banjo, mandolin, and other old-timey instruments
ultimate frisbee, running, and squash
Umbrellas, fountain pens, lighters, and other objects that are very old but still function efficiently and beautifully
Music, Movies, and Books
Sadly, most of the books I read are stuffily academic. Music is a passion of mine, and I enjoy playing old time and bluegrass music. I also have an ever-growing collection of thrifted reggae, jazz, and classic rock records.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I was sent on an ornithological survey to Shangri-la in Yunnan province, China. In the middle of this expedition, I saw a species of quail that was unknown to science. Alas, with no zoom lens and no shotgun at hand, the quail "escaped." As far as I know, it is still waiting to be discovered.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach connoisseurship of Chinese calligraphy. I studied for three years at Taiwan University.