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  • 25 References 4 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Japanese; learning Chinese
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Entrepreneur (E-Commerce in Vietnam)
  • University of San Francisco
  • From Yokohama, Japan
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About Me


Learning Vietnamese


My name is Takuya Oka. I go by Taku.
Born and raised in Yokohama, Japan (30 mins from Tokyo). I'm a traveler, blogger, and entrepreneur wannabe. I became a part of CouchSurfing since 2009 and it's really opened up my eyes.

I studied at the University of San Francisco majoring in Entrepreneurship. After college, I joined a Japanese Marketing Research Startup and worked in Manila office (Philippine) for three years. At the beginning, I didn't have any friends or relatives there, but through CS, I met a lot of amazing people and made quite a few great friends. Getting to know new people and sharing their stories. That's the beauty of CouchSurfing.

In December 2012, I left my job for a new challenge. Currently, I'm enjoying my "Career Gap" and getting ready for the next leap.

I'd say I'm quite open-minded and positive person. I love talking and listening to people's stories. You can get to know more about me from the reference part below.

And here is my facebook profile. https://www.facebook.com/takuya.oka


"You are what you do, not what you say."
By Carl Gustav Jung

"Do one thing everyday that scares you"
From Everybody is Free

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've joined CS when I was in San Francisco. I attended a couple of events, but I was not that active then. But, I've started to be more involved in CS when I started working in Manila. I hosted and attended quite a few events there. And I have surfed a couch once in KL in January 2013. (I'm not a CS virgin!)


Attended quite a few CS events (drinking, clubbing, house party and etc.) I also have hosted a series of event called "Sake Night" in Manila. It was a potluck party. I invited some CS friends to my apartment and cooked some Japanese food (I love cooking!) Of course, we got many bottles of sake and other liquors. We had three or four Sake Night over three years.

I've hosted CSer in my place a few times, but I've surfed only once. I wish I would do more in 2013.


Good food.
Good music.
Good movie.
Good conversation.

  • beauty
  • dining
  • cooking
  • potluck
  • japanese food
  • partying
  • drinking
  • clubbing
  • music
  • entrepreneurship

Music, Movies, and Books

Shawshank Redemption, Crash, Remember the Titans, The Game, 21, The Butterfly Effect, Seven, Gladiator, Yes Man, Pay it Forward, October Sky, Dead poets' society, Dog Will Hunting, Yip man, Three idiots, Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire

Roots Reggae, Hawaiian Reggae, Ukulele, Beachish music

Four Hour Workweek, Being Peace

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I might do the round the world trip this year.

Teach, Learn, Share

[Things I can teach]
Japanese, Amateur level cooking, Good Ramen and Sushi place in Japan

[Things I want to learn]
Spanish, Professional level cooking,

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Japan, Philippines, United States

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