I was an exchange student in Japan for a month and a half in summer 2010, and now I really want to explore the rest of Asia... and the world. What does it have to offer? What can I offer? One of my life goals (aside from seeing Japan in every season) is to teach Americans about other cultures... many of us just don't seem to get that there's a whole other world out there, not just outside the country but outside of your house or car, and that it deserves respect. I also believe that peace is achieved through understanding. If we understand each other, we can avoid conflict. I think studying abroad is an important and incredible experience and I wish it were more widely available. To live life in another culture, not just to look at it. It does a lot for understanding them--and oneself...
The world is getting smaller, so we might as well get to know our neighbors.
As an artist, I'm almost entirely self taught. I took classes throughout high school... I learned a lot in photography, but the other classes I ended up ignoring to the best of my ability. I'm best at doing what I want to do. (I got a 6 on the IB art test anyway...) I've been drawing since before I could remember, as evidenced by a piece my mom kept from when I was two--she says it's a dragon, but it looks like an awkward rainbow-shaped unicorn demon. Obviously I've figured a few things out since then.
Current Age: 20, Current Residence: Oregon, US, Favourite genre of music: Symphonic Metal, soundtrack, Operating System: Mac OS X, Personal Quote: Vescere bracis meis. Wind in the Bamboo Grove: A Tumblog of Things Asian
Favourite Visual Artist
Takeyasu Sawaki, Alphonse Mucha, Hasui Kawase, Maruyama Okyô, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Once, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, LoTR, assorted Disney movies, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä, House of Flying Daggers, Chushingura, Monkey Goes West
Favourite TV Shows
Community, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, FMA: Brotherhood, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Nova, Reading Rainbow
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Kalafina, Kagrra, Rei Kondoh, Epica, Azam Ali, Dvorak, Florence + The Machine, Loreena McKennitt, Enya
Bride of the Water God, Dragon Sword and Wind Child, Cromartie High School, Brave Story, The Journey to the West, Mistborn
Clare Bell, Miyuki Miyabe, Noriko Ogiwara, Wu Cheng'en...
Ôkami, Katamari Damacy, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Pokemon, Tales of Symphonia, Solatorobo, Skyrim
Favourite Gaming Platform
PS2, PS3, Wii
Tools of the Trade
Whatever I feel like using.
Writing, reading, other cultures, Asia, science, choir, piano, cooking