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Everyone is my friend, I just may not have meet them yet.
Lets see I was born and raised in Alaska. Did loads of camping, fishing, and hiking growing up. (Don't have much interest in fishing anymore. But camping...wooo)
I've lived off and on in Japan for about 7 years. Without a doubt my second home. I've done it all there, exchanged in high school and uni. Worked there at an engineering company and as an English teacher. Finished my Masters at a Japanese grad school, spent 6 months volunteering at a meditation center outside Kyoto as well.
After graduating I moved back to Alaska and worked as a Japanese tour guide. Then moved to LA to find work. Worked for a number of Japanese companies (and one non-profit) until early 09 when I was laid-off. Best thing to ever happen to be because....
Spent 09-2010 traveling, volunteering, and meditating in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, England/Germany. While traveling/volunteering it occurred to me that my "work" was far from being fulfilling on many levels. So I applied to a photo school in Massachusetts. Finished things up there and moved to Portland, OR. Via 44 days of surfing from Massachusetts to Portland.
I have moved my career away from Japanese companies towards Digital Teching and Photo Assisting. (Digital capture, processing, and management of digital image files, setting up & tearing down photo shoots, and handling tons of gear.) I work freelance for photo studios and for photographers. I do a bit of photo retouching as well. As of April 2013, I'm now trying to get some work in Japan a few times a year. If you have any connections in the advertising photography scene in Japan, please let me know.
I have a bit of dyslexia, so please forgive any strange spellings.
My personal philosophy is one of trying to be a better and better person who is willing to give everything to help others. Seva (selfless service)is an awesome concept Im trying my best to fulfill.
I have so far to go on this. Some days I'm giving, other days not so much. But I guess thats the point of it all. Movement....
I've spent some time living with Ghandians in India as well as others here in the US who live to serve others. I have much to learn.
"Atithi Devo Bhavah" - "Guest is god"
(I have been blown away by the kindness of others who have hosted m and others who have crossed my path. I am trying my best to try and return this kindness.)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Signed up a 2007 or so, but my location in Tustin CA was less than ideal, thus no surfers stayed with me. But now I have my 1st home, in an amazing part of Portland, Oregon and its open to you. I have tons of CS kindness I need to return to CS community.
Im was a New Member Greater before the program was ended. In the early days of CS, as people joined, I and a number of other volunteers send a message welcoming them to our community. Ahh but those days are gone.
I found this on another surfers profile and think it is perfect. "CS isnt about saving on accomodation, it is about making a friend who happens to offer you a place to sleep." So send me an invite, my door is open.
Guess you should look at the comments bellow. Long story short, my experiences have been nothing short of AMAZING.
Understanding others, volunteering / service work, photography, Apple products, trying to get a business off the ground, meditation (Vipassana).
House Music was a HUGE part of my life from 1991-2003. Went to loads and loads of parties. Helped form Alaska's 1st House/Rave DJ collective (Icemen Productions), and DJed in Alaska and Japan. Don't go out that much anymore, but House music is still part of my soul. My Ipod has days and days of banging house tracks. House music is part of my soul.
Japanese Tea Ceremony （裏千家）
You - I'm interested in you, and if you haven't taken the time to fill out your profile how am I to know who you are? This is some serious stuff, if you only have a few lines filled out, hosts will have little to no idea who you are. So please take some time and fill it out. Also one or more photos of yourself would be good. A sparsely filled out profile with no photos looks a bit dodgy. Have a great profile will also help attract surfers that are just like when you host.
Music, Movies, and Books
The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka. I had never heard about this book until a read a friend sent out a small excerpt from the book on Mr. Fukuoka's "do nothing farming." This excerpt while agricultural in nature was also DEEPLY philosophical. Some time latter while in India, a friend gave me a copy of it. I'm very happy she did, an amazing book that blends farming, philosophy, and observations on society.
"the ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."
Do a Google search for more info if this at all interests you.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Spent 4 months volunteering at Manav Sadhna at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad India. While there a meet numerous people who have given their lives over to serving others.
Spending 6 months volunteering and sitting at the Kansai Vipassana meditation center in Japan.
Hitchhiked in Hokaido (Japan).
Couchsurfed across the USA both ways.
Kayaked (tandem) the Zambezi river.
Teach, Learn, Share
I've spent 7 years (off and on) in Japan Studying, working, and playing so a can share what little I know about Japan and Japanese with you.I may have missed a state or two, but this essentially correct. visited 35 states (70%)Create your own visited map of The United States
Countries I’ve Visited
Botswana, Egypt, England, Germany, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
India, Japan, United States