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I'm a laid-back 28-year-old American guy from Philadelphia, currently residing in eastern Tokyo.
After graduating with a journalism degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia, I wrote briefly for some local newspapers before applying to the JET Program to teach English in Japan. I moved to Kitami, Hokkaido, in 2009 - the middle of nowhere in the Northeast of Japan's frigid north island. I spent the next two years eating nabe, drinking beer, and snowboarding. It was paradise, but big city life and the opportunities that go along with it kept calling me back.
In August of 2011, I moved to the neon haze of Tokyo. I started off as a financial consultant, then made the move back into media. I spent a year writing about foreign policy and cultural topics at The Diplomat before moving into my current role as Japan Editor for Tech in Asia. I cover the startup beat and enjoy picking the brains of entrepreneurs.
I love exploring, and I love meeting new people to explore with. I'm intrigued by other cultures and ways of life that are different from what I've grown up knowing. I don't ever want to stop learning new things.
My passions in life include snowboarding, reading, writing, and listening to music. I'm especially fond of indie rock, house, and 90's hip-hop. Of course, I love traveling, but work is just too busy to do as much as I would like (and business trips hardly count). Couchsurfing provides me with an opportunity to "mentally travel" every time I meet someone from another country.
Live one day at a time. Enjoy every moment, because no one knows what tomorrow could bring.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I had an amazing first CS experience in Urumqi, China, that got me hooked. I've also surfed in NYC and South Korea and hosted numerous CS parties in Philadelphia. Couchsurfing has enriched my life, and I love being involved as often as my schedule permits.
Nisagul, my first CS hostess, took me to a Uyghur wedding in Urumqi and let me crash on her couch... Well, it ended up being the floor, actually. Those Uyghur university professors drank me into a coma.
I enjoyed a western style Thanksgiving dinner (a huge turkey and all the trimmings) in Seoul with a big group of CSers. My lovely hostess, Jung, let me join the dinner free of charge in exchange for carrying the humongous frozen turkey through the streets of Seoul as we ate dinner and went bar-hopping. I vaguely recall spinning the frozen turkey and doing some kind of "turkey dance" in the subway.
I hosted a CS bar crawl through Philadelphia that was outrageously fun, and I often attended our weekly karaoke meet-ups.
Since arriving in Japan, I've hosted several people and groups, and I am always checking my inbox for new requests (quite surprised at how many people find their way to my town)!
Making new friends, experiencing new things, opening and expanding my mind.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: MGMT, Soulwax, Justice, Midnight Juggernauts, Reggie and the Full Effect, the Rolling Stones, A Tribe Called Quest, Two Door Cinema Club, The Blood Brothers, Jimmy Eat World, Sense Field, Hot Rod Circuit, Swollen Members, Rasco, Friendly Fires, Atmosphere, Brand New, De La Soul, Tame Impala, The Roots, Sunset Rubdown, Boys Noize, Shinichi Osawa, Rusko, Crystal Castles, The Early November, Feist, Glassjaw, Little Boots, The Raconteurs, M83, Of Montreal, anything remixed by Fred Falke
Movies: Fight Club, City of God, Requiem for a Dream, The Beach, Goodfellas, Donnie Darko, Akira, Happy Gilmore, Pulp Fiction, Snatch, Ninja Scroll, District 9, Kill Bill, Gangs of New York, Leprechaun, Tales from the Hood, Kick-Ass, A Bronx Tale, The Usual Suspects
Books: Choke, Haunted, Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, and Rant by Chuck Palahniuk, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, After the Quake, and Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Confucius Lives Next Door by T.R. Reid, Speed Tribes by Karl Taro Greenfield, Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper, Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein, Night of the Gun by David Carr, Made in America by Bill Bryson, 1984 by George Orwell, GTO (manga), Daytripper (graphic novel)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I'm the first in my family to go to college, and the first in my family to travel outside of the United States.
I've seen the Tian'shan mountains of Western China, drank pomegranate juice at the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, walked the Great Wall with a hangover, took photos of the Floating Gate at Miyajima Island to match the cover of my Japanese textbook from college, snowboarded mountains in Hokkaido with powder up to my chest, spent a week in Seoul without a single hotel...
Teach, Learn, Share
No second-hand experience could ever replace doing it yourself.
Set a goal, accomplish it -- and live with it.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, China, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, South Korea
Countries I’ve Lived In
Japan, United States