“Hey! My name is Mark, and I’m from America. I was born in West Virginia, but I have lived in Boston and Portland as well. Before coming to Japan in 2019, I worked as an elementary school science teacher and a data analyst. Now, I teach English at schools in Kobe.
When I’m not working, you can find me hiking, working out, playing video games, trying new restaurants, reading about history, or making music with synthesizers. If you’d like to talk with me about anything, let’s chat! I’m looking forward to getting to know you. ”
I have a wide range of hobbies, so I’ll to cover the main ones. I really like exercise and team sports (playing, not watching). I played rugby in university and started playing squash after graduation. I also like playing pool. I did weight training in America, but started running more after coming to Japan because gyms are expensive.
Hiking is another big hobby of mine. I love being in nature and camping. Getting out of the city every once in a while is important to me. I definitely want to climb Mount Fuji once I have the opportunity.
I love playing video games. My love of Japanese culture began from playing Japanese video games as a kid. I also like anime, but don’t really watch it that much. If a student had recommendations for me, that would be great!
You could describe me as a foodie. I enjoy trying to find the best restaurants of all kinds wherever I am. I also really like cooking new dishes and doing dinner parties with my friends. I’m interested in nihonshu and would like to learn about it with a student if they wanted to teach me.
I’m interested in music of all kinds, but especially electronic music. In university, I sang baritone in a choir, and I currently have some digital synthesizers that I use to make music. I love dancing to electronic music, and can’t wait until corona is over to start again.
Finally, I love animals! Zoos and aquariums are some of my favorite places. I want to get a dog as soon as I am able.