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Learn as much as I can, have fun
My name is Naomi and I'm a young soul who loves music and traveling. I'm 20, half Japanese and half American, and I'm a student at a small liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. I'm originally from Southern California.
I'm studying Foreign Languages and International Relations. I'm open minded, outgoing, and enjoy meeting new people & going on adventures. I love nature, hiking, surfing, music, art, cooking, and laughing.
I live my life to be a positive influence on others, as well as experiencing every simple pleasure that life brings to me. I believe in "positive thinking" and attracting good vibes. I've realized that life is extremely short and we must be as open as we can to experiencing new things in order to live life to the fullest. I'm on the search for those things that make me happy, one of which is traveling!
I'm not religious, but I identify as spiritual. My father is jewish, my mother is buddhist, so I guess that makes me a bu-jew??
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've met some really amazing, open minded, generous, FUN people! I've couch surfed in Oslo, Stockholm, and Spain...also have met up with people from the Strasbourg community to practice Spanish.
I'm studying French and Japanese and love learning new languages. I'm obsessed with music and play piano and guitar, love going to concerts. I'd love to learn how to play ukelele and drums.
I enjoy surfing, playing badminton, table tennis, and riding my bike. I like to watch movies: documentaries, foreign films, funny movies, and classics.
But my biggest interest is traveling and having new experiences!
PLACES I WANT TO VISIT:
-Aztec ruins in Oaxaca
- performing arts
- pub crawls
- table tennis
- international relations
Music, Movies, and Books
MUSIC: I come from a family of musicians so I appreciate all forms of music. It just resonates with me in this way that I can't really explain.
Right now, I'm really digging: John Talabot, Mac Demarco, Deerhunter, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Nujabes, DJ Shadow, Breakbot, The xx, Grateful Dead, and Solange. My all time favorites: Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Explosions in the Sky, Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel, Rammstein, alt-J, Major Lazer, Pink Floyd (Dark side of the moon is my favorite album...ask me about it)
MOVIES: Amelie Poulain, Auberge espagnole, wasabi, the great gatsby, any tv show with anthony bourdain, spirited away
BOOKS: sputnik sweetheart, crime and punishment, harry potter series, the bell jar, catcher in the rye, heart of darkness
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
This past summer, I took my mom to hear the Dalai Lama talk at an Environmental Summit in Portland. It was so amazing to be in the presence of such an amazing man, he is full of such positive energy and it was an unforgettable experience. He talked about how everyone needs to be mindful of their impact on this planet, and how everyone just needs to treat eachother with respect & kindness & love.
After the Dalai lama gave his speech, the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers gave a performance. There was a mosh pit of Tibetan monks and college students & that was pretty unique and awesome.
Teach, Learn, Share
I've been in France for a few weeks, and when we go to the pub, instead of "cheers", people say "chin chin". In Japanese, "chin chin" means penis....which is really funny and I crack up every time I clink glasses with people.
I know how to ride a unicycle!
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Costa Rica, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In