Stewart Dorward

Hanno, Saitama, Japan

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  • English teacher (Japanese High School)
  • Degrees in Law, Education and Religous Studies
  • From Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK
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About Me


To wake up to what is here.


One half of a quiet British / Japanese couple living in rural Japan. I like a quiet life: a bit of gardening, a bit of cooking, a bit of meditation and some travel from time to time. My partner works locally for a vegetarian / organic food import company, so my cooking tends to be vegetarian.


Walk quietly across the world greeting that of God in everyone, George Fox.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


None (yet)


Cooking, gardening, pottery and currently studying for an MA in Buddhism.

Music, Movies, and Books

I learned to read through the SF novels of Andre Norton and so have a soft spot for SF and Fantasy. However, other authors I have liked range from Irish Murdoch to Banana Yoshimoto. I wrote the thesis for my religious studies degree on the interaction between the supernatural and families in Banana Yoshimoto's novels and short stories. Not much fiction right now as I have to get through the reading list for my Buddhism course.

For light relief (aka brain candy) I love NCIS - a bit of humour goes a long way.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Climbed Mount Fuji at dawn - snow in July was a surprise but the cloudless morning a joy.

Teach, Learn, Share

I would love to be able to show a few people some of the best of Japan - the quieter traditional side away from the plastic fantastic world of Tokyo.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom

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