About the Founder of the Gaijin Survival Guide
I studied Japanese for two years in high school, and then for 2 1/2 months at a private institution before heading to Japan. I then lived in Japan as a volunteer for about two years. During that time I lived in several places on Kyushu and Okinawa. Specifically, I lived in Kumamoto and Oomuta (Kyushu), then moved to Urasoe and Nago (Okinawa). Finally, I moved back to Kyushu to the cities of Chikushino and Nobeoka.
I recently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and a Multi-lingual minor with an emphasis in Japanese, graduating in December of 2015. While at school, I was asked to be one of six students involved in piloting the Writing Fellow's program the university was launching. Though I sometimes struggle learning in a classroom, I can learn almost anything from practical experience.
I love Japan and its culture, I love Southeast Alaska, and get very excited about the prospect of hiking, rocks, bird watching, and the outdoors. My wife, Maisi, and I currently live in Southeast Alaska.