Click here for vintage 2002-3 “about the author” page.
I was unable to grow up in my hometown of Tustin, California, on the west coast of the United States. I nonetheless graduated from California State University (Fullerton) and worked as a newspaper journalist, reporting and writing news and sports as well as layout pages the old-fashioned way with a pencil, pica pole and dummy sheets.
After only a few years, a buyout of the paper in 1993 (pink slip for you, kid) allowed me to fulfil a secret ambition to try living in Japan, beginning the next year. I worked first as an English teacher (fun!), then in hiring and training foreign teachers (not as much fun) and finally in begging and pleading foreign teachers not to date the students (pretty much useless).
Since 2000, I have been providing bilingual website production/maintenance (mostly international medical and scientific conference sites), and photo/video services. I mostly use a Panasonic/Leica GH2 “Mirrorless 4/3″ DSLR-style camera which is excellent for both still images and cinema-like 1080p HD video. My equipment list includes a shoulder mount with follow-focus, professional-grade Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic and 3-meter boom pole, TASCAM DR-60D 4-channel mixer/recorder, stereo, lav and Zoom H2 mics suitable for interviews, live music, run-and-gun, indoor/outdoor, whatever. This audio kit can be rented by visiting filmmakers/videographers. I can provide photo/video services for Kyoto/Kansai events, tour groups or publication/broadcast assignments. As my background is in daily journalism, I am quite comfortable handling interviews. With 20 years’ experience in Japan, I can help you get around, set up shoots and assist with language problems in interviews.
In addition, I perform weddings in Kansai (about 4,000 so far), mostly at a top Kyoto hotel.
I live in Kyoto with my Kyoto native-born wife and our 10-year-old son. You can find out more about me by checking out my blog (since 2002), alive in kyoto.