Update: Welcome to my little educational site. I live in Fukuoka city which is located on the island of Kyushu.
I studied history and archaeology at university majoring in Japanese history and culture (B.A History). I have studied Japanese history since coming here for the first time in the 90s. I also have an English teaching certification (TESOL IV) and I completed a certificate course in Photojournalism.
- Early State Formation
- Japanese Ancient & Medieval History
- Japanese Studies
- Japanese Religions
- Japanese Buddhism
- Japanese History
I have been living in Japan now for nearly 10 years. I lived in Hokkaido for 6 years, Hiroshima for 5 months, Kumamoto for 6 months and now here in Fukuoka. During this time I immersed myself in study, teaching and living the Japanese life. My wife is Japanese and all of my children were born in Japan.
I have travelled to about 17 prefectures in Japan but I think I know Hokkaido and Kyushu the most. I love Japanese castles and have visited about 25 so far. After coming to Kyushu I have become interested in early Japan. For example, the Yayoi through to the Heian periods. Kyushu was the gateway to Japan for centuries due to its close location to mainland Asia therefore we have so many exciting things here to see and explore.
Right now my time is split between running my shop, doing research and visiting historic sites in Japan. My wife and I own a little Hair Salon and English Cafe in Gintencho, Hakata, Fukuoka City called RUST.
Please contact me if you have any questions about Japan, Japanese history or culture. I can also help with any travel or educational questions.
If you are ever in Fukuoka, please come in to the cafe and say hello!