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I was born and bred in the U.S., but my mother's love of Europe (where her parents come from) has given me a broader view of the world. Our family had to move every couple of years whenever my father, a career military officer, was transferred. I love to travel, but after university I didn't want to move anymore.
I was lucky enough to saty in the same small city in California, Livermore, through junior high school and high school. My interest in dancing lead me to New York where I went to Columbia. I chose French as my major, and spent one year studying in Paris. Strangely enough, it was in Paris that I decided to come to Japan.
I came to Nagoya by chance. The language school that offered me a job sent me here. Basically I've been in Nagoya since I graduated from university. The original exotic images I had of Japan quickly changed when I settled down, and a large part of me has become Japanese. Meeting my wife and getting married, having two children go through the Japanese school system, and working for a very Japanese-style organization (Nagoya Women's University), all of these things have drawn me into Japanese society.
Being a member of two cultures has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, I have more choices. On the other, I have to find my way between conflicting ideas and customs.


tap dancing, american civil war, savion glover, gregory hines, fred astaire movies, "rear window, "ikiru, "the general" history, british empire, alfred hitchcock, " akira kurosawa, " buster keaton