I'm now 49...
In April 2003 I married Shino Takayama. We had to do it quickly so that she could apply for permanent residence status, get "advance parole," and travel without fear of being denied readmission. Here are some pictures:
Since October 1997 I have been studying Japanese everyday for 30 to 60 minutes. As with the piano, aspiring to be truly competent would be unreasonable and frustrating, but continued effort leads to slow improvement, and there is something satisfying about exercising the pertinent part of the brain. Last year, from January through June, I was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, a research institute in Osaka University, which is located in the northern part of Osaka. It was great!
I also enjoy playing games of strategy. At various times in my life I have been intensely interested in chess, bridge, poker, and backgammon. Currently the game I devote the most time to is go. In Japan I started to learn about shogi, which is the Japanese descendant of the Indian game that evolved into Western chess.
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Last updated on June 25, 2001.