Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
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Welcome to Couchsurfer's house! This international share house is managed by Hiro.
I'm very unique and strange CS host I've never been to abroad yet and when I started CS host, I didn't know how to go to oversea and I did't have a passport.
but I've hosted 250 people, 115 groups from more than 50 countries in one year from starting CS host. (maybe over 400 people and 80 countries so far)
If you think I'm crazy, I say all couchsurfer should be special. Especially freeloader!
I always accept only a request of current month. Because It's not easy to host when there is no vacant room.
I definitely host CSer who's nationality that I haven't host yet.
I'm interested in your country foods. I love home-cooked and spicy foods I prefer not sweets, alcohol and eating out. MY FB https://www.facebook.com/ggrkz
my guests always take me to the different world from my home.
if you send a request without reading host's profile. how can you know and respect host? The idea is strange to me. If you don't know host's interests or philosophy of life, how can you exchange your spirit with owner of a couch? you can stay at loco's home, not for a free accommodation, for sharing life experience with different people. this is why a couch is free.
Every part of couchsurfing should be joy to us. Every couchsuerfer, Every conversation, Every event. Every group All are holy in the memory and experience to Couchsuerfer.
MY guests from Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Bulgaria Canada Chile China Colombia Congo Costa Rica Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Ecuador Egypt Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Guatemala Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Ireland Israel Italy Japan Kenya Latvia Lebanon Lithuania Malaysia Mexico Morocco Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Norway Oman Pakistan Philippines Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia Singapore Slovakia Slovenia South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan Thailand Tunisia Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Uruguay Venezuela Vietnam (I can't remember some countries)
Blood donation (over 170 times)
My favorite food list
Breek Ceebu yapp(Jollof rice) Fufu Gari Maafe Pate Thiebou diene.
Falafel Hummus Kushari Majadra Mansaf Shakshuka Halloumi Polow Pilav.
Rabbit (Many delicious cuisines) Sashimi av hval Maatjesharing Surströmming Crayfish Horse tartar steak Tarte flambée Trippa Spaghetti al nero di seppie Arroz negro Marmite (Vegemite) Gulas Cuisses de grenouilles Escargot Smažený kapr
Kachori Masala dosa Paratha Papadum Palak paneer Keema curry Tom yum goong Poh pia tod Tom kha kai Pad thai Khao pad sopparot Hainanese chicken rice Balut Dou gang Fuqi feipian Lap cheong (Stinky tofu) Chòu dòufu Beondegi Sushi Eel Fugu (pufferfish)
I want to eat
Camel Kiviak Dachhase Capybara Bosintang
Books Cooking Books
Movie Cooking shows
Music Eating sounds
I lived a one bed room apartment. I offered private room to CSers and I slept a couch on the kitchen because I was traveling to the world in my home.
I've hosted 250 people, 115 groups from more than 50 countries in one year from starting CS host. My guests show me a rustic slice of their life. I dive to their sprit deeply. Each reflection from the mind of them tells of events and memories in the life of them.
"Fukushima" is tabooed in Japan currently. My philosophy is simple I experience that I don't know Therefore I went to there. Fukushima city was safety than I thought. Local people live a normal life include children and foreigners.Then I went to difficult-to-return zones with a very nice CS host Yuta.That area was completely different world. Many unoccupied houses and patrol cars. I didn't see local people, I saw only radioactivity decontamination worker. Most shocking things that is numberless bags of radiation contaminated soil. Yuta is local but didn't know this fact. He is medical student so he told me many informations from medical viewpoint. I realized most people are trying to forget this unpleasant truth. I don't want to spend a comfy life by closing my eyes and my ears and ignoring inconvenient truth. This is why I love couchsurfing.
If you send a couch request, you must remember that it must be polite. Host and local Couchsuerfer are your new friend and teacher, not your free guide or owner of free accommodation.
They quench your life's thirst. They show you loco life and different view point. you must give them the kindness that you would give to your friends.
One thing I teach:
Couch is NOT free accommodation.
Freeloader's destiny is a mystery to me.
What will happen if you send generic couch requests to numberless hosts?
What will happen if you use a couch as a free accommodation?
What will happen if you don't respect different people?
What will happen if you use Couchsuerfing as Sexsurfing?
What will host be? Leave!
End of opportunity to share the life experience with loco. And the beginning of master of guide book.
When the great couchsuerfer has vanished, Will there be great couchsurfing spirit in our community?
You can help other couchsuerfer as they helped you, Hold in your mind the memory of the CS spirit as it is when you receive it.
Preserve couchsurfing for new couchsuerfer, and love it, as olld couchsuerfer did it. If possible host couchsuerfer as your host did do.
One thing I learn:
I respect other couchsuerfers like they respect me.
All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life,
he is merely a strand in it.Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
Why people hate each other?
One thing I share:
Learn the different cultures by sharing the life experience with people without distance between hearts to hearts.
My couchsurfing experience ( you can read some experience in my references)
my guests are from10 months to 85 yo, from 10 hours to over 2 months, from 1 to more than 10 people, over 80 countries more than 300 people in 2 years.
More than 30 CSers stayed and celebrated New Year together.
I've hosted 5 CSers more than one month.
When I read about couchsurfing on the internet (blog or column)
I thought I can travel to oversea in my house.
I registered CS but no one send me a request because I lived my home town Matuyama city Ehime pref that is countryside. I moved to Tokyo for my job, computer engineer. I rent a one bed room apartment and changed my CS address. Then I got many "generic" requests.
My heart started to beat violently when I talked with my first guest by a mobile phone. because it was first time to talk to foreigner. I didn't know English so I used google translate and translated what I want to say in English. I called her phone. "Hello!" she said "Allo? Iro? (Hiro?) Pouvez-vous parler français?" My head went blank.
My guests introduced other CS host, we went to Karaoke but I don't like to sing, so drink free alcohol. after drink over 4 liter beer I was drunk much and lost last train therefore I and my guests had to stay this CS host's house. this is my first surfing experience also this CS host's first experience of hosting CS host.
I traveled to radioactive contamination area of Fukushima with my host.
My youngest guest was 10 months. his parents "forgot" to tell me that they want to surf with their baby.
I went to pick up my guest who is deaf.
I tried to speak to her but she said "i aM a daF"
I introduced my self in ASL, she was really surprised!
I got a phone call from embassy. Embassy officer asked me to host CSers from now. I wasn't planning to host them because they didn't reply my message.
but of course I had to say "Yes" to Embassy.
I've hosted homeless CSer. When he came to my apartment he used his all money to get a job that can work with Japanese idols. he had only a ticket to go back to his home country. his family refused to help him. they didn't want to get any trouble from him. After he left my apartment He became to a homeless but hobo life was very hard for him, Then he came back and stayed my apartment without my permission, but I didn't kick out him. I gave my pillow and blanket because he was crying and lonely.
I got a phone from police station. I thought my guests lost their way but police officer asked me about me and their relations. They came to my apartment.
Then police officers exchanged culture in Japanese with foreigners who don't speak Japanese in interrogation room.
Nudist CSer was naked in my house. Unfortunately his wife wasn't.
a CSer who has many good references and Vouches. She was nice but she put her luggage at my apartment and stayed in her friend's place. I kicked her out politely.
My ex-housemate who has alcohol problem tried to rape a CSer.
she was very friendly and out-going to everyone but he thought she loves him.
this girl and her friend needed a couch one month so I'v hosted them over one month. It was her friend's first couch experience.
I got very good CS friend who is Korean Mexican who came from Canada gandraduated American univ and native speaker of Japanese.
He always stays in my house when he came to Tokyo.
But his snoring is crazzy! I can her that sound from 1st floor to 2nd floor.
I'v hosted CSer who came to tokyo for seeking job.
He helped our housekeeping a lot, I was very grateful to him.
Therefore He stayed more than two months. ¡Muchísimas gracias!
Opera singer CSer who is member of mensa, (IQ is over 180) speaks 8 languages was housekeeper of my house.
I'v hosted many CSers everyday in a one bed room apartment but I can host only 5 CSers at the same time. so I rent a 6 bed rooms house in central Tokyo.
I'v hosted a CSer when moving to a house from an apartment. He worked in a moving company and professional of packing. he helpd me a lot. so after my moving, I took him to a drive.
I waked up by a quarrel of CSers and my neighbor. I went to the entrance. When I opened the door, that CSer said "please don't call police and ambulance!" There was a unconscious girl on the floor, This is why my first Iranian CSer is my 100th guest. BTW it was the first couchsurfing experience of this 100th guest and She is very good CS host now.
Japan, United States
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