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  • 44 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Esperanto, Sanskrit (Saṁskṛta), Yue (Cantonese); learning French, German, Indonesian, Japanese
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • writer and associate professor in uni
  • Some magazines & a PhD in oriental p...
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About Me

*** If you would like a reply, please read the profile carefully. Unfortunately, I do not host or reply to last minute requests. So no need to apologize in advance. Enjoy your stay in Japan!

I love traveling and discovering new things and ideas. Enjoy hiking, temple-hopping, music-making, calligraphy, yoga and Buddhist vipaśyana-śamatha meditation.

Professionally, writer and researcher in history of science and ancient languages. Hibernation in winter and expeditions in summer. Check out the "Teach.Share.Learn" section to see what we can do together.

I prefer to host and surf with fellow academics and young professionals, especially artists and musicians. I would meet a complete stranger only I am fairly convinced that there will be meaningful exchange and that it is arranged well in advanced. I have a full time job during the week, and usually I am free only on some weekends. Regrettably, if you are just looking for free accommodation or free guide without first finding out whether you are the kind of guests I can host, you will most likely not get a reply.

No smoking, drugs, chemical products such as perfume and aerosol spray. I do mind them and please not in my house.


Refrain from the bad, do good and purify the mind - thus taught all the Enlightened.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Learned about CS through an Esperanto-speaking friend who happens to be a CS member.


One of the best and most interesting ways to travel ever! I have had some great experiences in this network and I would love to go on contributing to this community!

I have been a host on another network called pasporta servo (Esperanto version of CS) for over 12 years.

I traveled around the world when I was in my early 20s, helped by many strangers who were kind to me, taught me many things and treated me as their family. Rarely could I reciprocate, so the least I can do is to help other decent travelers.


Adventurer stories, culture, history, exotic languages, good food, hiking, board games. Astronomy, Buddhism, contemporary art and classical music. Anything Chinese (ancient), French, German and Japanese. S'il te plaît me faire parler en français!

Music, Movies & Books

Minimalist (Glass), Classical (Impressionist and contemporary), Messiaen, New Age, Guqin, Medieval (Machaut, Dufay, Taverner).

Miyazaki Hasao, Master Keaton, Koyaanisqatsi, X-men, TNG, Six Feet Under.

Diamond Sutra; Analects of Confucius; Works by Lewis Carroll, Kurt Vonnegut, Banana Yoshimoto, Murakami Haruki; Dracula, On the Beach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Celestine Prophecy, American Gods.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Closed my eyes, picked a random place on the map and flew there - It was in the sea, so I got to the closest point near the tip of Hokkaido...

Teach, Learn, Share

Things I would like to learn from my guests:
- Reading of your favorite short story in your native language. (especially 中文, 日本語, français, deutsch).
- Reading of a classical text in one of the classical languages.
- Cooking and recipe from your own country.
- LaTex/XeLaTex
- Website building
- Watercolor/Manga
- Yoga and massage (if we both feel comfortable)

What I Can Share With Hosts

- Languages (Sanskrit, Esperanto, Cantonese, Classical Chinese, Japanese)
- Music (piano, guqin, hang)
- Calligraphy
- Buddhism and meditation
- Yoga and massage (if we both feel comfortable)

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia

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