OCTOBER 2020 (VOL.156)
Have you been to Japan?
I lived in Japan for two years. 1.5 years in the Tokyo area, and ½ year in Osaka. Both are amazing places to live and visit.
In Osaka, I lived near Osaka Castle. I often went jogging around the castle. I was not able to learn much Japanese living in Tokyo with a bunch of English speakers. So when I moved to Osaka, I found a Japanese family to live with. I was able to learn a lot more Japanese language and culture.
Where would you like to go on your next visit to Japan?
A nice secluded onsen (hot springs). My wife and I love hot springs in nature. Soaking in hot springs is a wonderful way to rejuvenate your body.
Also, I love visiting really old temples and shrines. Especially those out in the forest. Feels like going back in time. And is usually very peaceful.
What would you want to eat when you visit Japan?
Japan has many delicious foods. When I visit I like to eat ramen, yakiniku, takoyaki, daifuku, dango, etc. I think some of the best fast food comes from street vendors near train stations. So good to stop and snack on the way to work or home. Fresh barbeque yakitori is one of my favorites. Plus a cold beverage from a convenience store across the street.
Where is your favorite place in the US that makes you feel like you're in Japan?
Tanoshii. It means ‘fun’ in Japanese. I love the word so much that I named my company Tanoshi. We make computers for grade school–age kids, which makes learning fun!
Any funny stories about Japan?
I once had my photo taken with Godzilla on the streets of Tokyo.