Richard MORT

Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

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About Me


As I said a long time ago, "there is a wind that never dies". I didn't know that that was you. // Great words, great inspiration.


Ask and I'll answer almost any question. I think I'm very much an individualist but I am also very friendly and enjoy meeting all types of new people! My wife Kaori likewise. I don't want to put too much because it's far more about meeting in person than how you fill in the boxes. Suffice to say, I get on with most people who are polite, open-minded and friendly and have lived in enough countries and met enough people to adapt to most situations!


No pessimist ever discovered the secrets to the stars, or sailed to uncharted lands, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

The road to fortune lies in the return.

A man who is tired of London/Bangkok/Tokyo is tired of life, for there is in London/Bangkok/Tokyo all that life can afford :)

As I said a long time ago, "there is a wind that never dies". I didn't know that that was you. // Great words, great inspiration.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We've hosted more than a few people and would love to keep doing so. At the time of writing (early 2010), this is the first change in my profile for some time. After eight years enjoying Tokyo and doing anything and everything there, fitting three people's work and play into one a lot of the time, I've decided to move to one of Japan's most livable cities - Kobe - for a new and slightly more relaxing life. Having said that, I'd love to keep meeting travellers, hosting where possible and being as much part of the community as family, time, work and energy allow.

We have always tended to host most of the time, more than travel, because I often work to the limit and then need a few luxury hotel stays and spas to recover and recharge batteries. But having said that, we both love meeting new people so even if we don't stay in people's homes, we like to meet for dinner/tea when travelling and as for hosting... I'd like to invite any of you who are reading and including Kyoto, Nara and/or Osaka on your itineraries to consider Kobe as well. It's a fascinating city, not a tourist trip but very compact, cosmopolitan, friendly, great food, jazz, scenery and seas/mountain/culture. A couple of hours googling KOBE TOURISM KITANO IJINKAN MEMORIAL ROKKO and so on would be time well spent!!

Meeting people through CS is especially important for me (Rich), I enjoy the human contact since I work from home and so it's a bonus to chat with new people, provided they are nice of course :)


We've hosted so many people, from many different countries, I am not trying to break records or prove anything, but I love this concept and think it works pretty darn well. One or two people are especially dear to me (of course it helps if they love tea, Rolling Stones and the UK like me, haha!) Creative people are great. But you don't have to be the same. I like people who intuitively know how to write to me and know we would get on well, even before we meet. That's the kind of person I'd gladly make time I don't have for. :)


Culture, language, meeting new people, new experiences, eating out (especially Italian / Thai / exotic food) and enjoy the finer things in life as well as the simpler ones sometimes... Like sports - watching football, swimming/cycling and since I splashed out on my pride and joy, a carbon mountain bike, that is a pet hobby too.

Music, Movies, and Books

Enjoy 007, romance, thought-provoking books and movies and reading poetry, especially Pablo Neruda.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

When I was 18, I ran 64 kilometers non-stop in 7 hours from Sheffield to Manchester over a national park ... so I am very determined when I want to be. I enjoy proving people wrong... you can have plenty of fire inside, even if you're very easy going and friendly (which I hope I am!)

Teach, Learn, Share

(the info below is for Tokyo. I am new in Kobe but I can quite easily create one for here too. I'm working on it now !!)


Please feel free to use this info !! :)
It includes details on :

and WHERE TO STAY (lots of good accommodation ideas)


Really excellent site

Another excellent site:

1. FREE guide services! These people can guide you around Tokyo
free of charge if you contact beforehand
FIVE different places to get information, I strongly recommend you
contact them :)


If you would like to have a tour with our volunteer
guide, please contact us at +81 -3-3986-1604 or
email : 

Name: Tokyo Metropolitan Area S.G.G Club Guide Area: Sensoji Temple
area, Ueno Park area and Tokyo vicinities Our activities include the
preset guided tours as follows:
a)One-hour walking tour of "Asakusa Kannon Temple and its neighborhood.
The tour departs twice every Sunday at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Visit us at
Asakusa Cultural & Sightseeing Center, located just across the street
from the Kaminarimon Gate of the temple.
b)Approx. 90-minute walking tour of "Ueno Park" on every
Sunday,Wednesday and Friday.
The tour departs twice a day at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Visit us at the
Tourist Information Desk in the Ueno Park Green Salon.

Name: Tokyo International Student Guide
Guide Area: Tokyo
We can take you around at your request.
Apply at least two weeks in advance to Mr. Takahashi by fax
((03)3235-5713) or e-mail (

Name: Shinagawa SGG Club
Guide Area: Tokyo
We can accommodate personal requests for shopping or sight seeing.
Volunteer hours will be basically 3hours between 10:00am and 5:00pm.
Apply at least two weeks in advance to our office by fax
((03)3472-9089) or e-mail (




Most important shrine in Japan - definitely worth visiting MEIJI


Excellent museum for history of "old Tokyo", note it is closed on
Mondays, like most museums:


Cool NINJA theme restaurant, where all staff dress up as Ninjas:

List of things which expats may like:


Best electronics shop in AKIHABARA:
Duty free stuff, the latest stuff!


Very nice onsen, even one where you can go in wearing a
swimsuit if
you want a fusion experience. Recommended:


Best afternoon tea in Tokyo


Best tea shop in Tokyo (450 kinds - the best and I love
this shop)
great cakes, great tea
(near Ginza subway station, A1 exit, walk out, go
forward and turn
left along SUZARAN STREET, about 200 metres down on the
right side)

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, France, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom

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