New York, NYUSA
October 7, 2013
I speak a little Japanese having taken courses for two years and traveled to Japan twice. I seriously want to learn and would be very open to teaching if the opportunity ever arose.
Yes, quite a few! I love climbing mountains when visiting Japan, and most revolve around those experiences.
My career is absolutely contingent on my Japanese language knowledge, although this is certainly not the source of my interest. I am a native Virginian, so until now the mountains have always been my home. For me, there is nothing more calming that walking, climbing and camping in the mountains. For the past 1200 years, many Japanese have observed systemic and localized traditions that venerate mountain sites. Mountains are central to Japanese religion, and for me, there is nothing more interesting than such a development.
Not yet, but I will very soon!
I am a graduate student at Columbia University studying Japanese religions.