Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

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  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Esperanto, Sanskrit (Saṁskṛta), Yue (Cantonese); learning French, German, Indonesian, Japanese
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Writer and researcher
  • Some magazines & a PhD in oriental philology
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

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, including artists and musicians. I would meet a complete stranger only I am fairly convinced that there will be some meaningful exchange and that it is arranged well in advanced. Best two to four nights, with notice two to eight weeks in advance. Better chance for weekend requests. You will need to have phone access both overseas and in Japan to confirm your request and keep in touch. Sometimes when I get too many random cut-and-paste requests, I would turn the hosting-button off. Feel free to drop an email if you think we share travel interests, language and hospitality exchange.

No smoking, drugs, chemical products such as perfume and aerosol spray. I respect your choice, but 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, and 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.
- Yoga and massage (if we both feel comfortable)
- LaTex/XeLaTex
- Website building
- Watercolor/Manga drawing

What I Can Share with Hosts

- Languages (Sanskrit, Esperanto, Cantonese, Classical Chinese, Japanese)
- Music (piano, guqin, hang)
- Calligraphy
- Buddhism and meditation
- Hiking and visit to onsen

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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