Jef A.


Auburn, CA

Member since:

November 23, 2012

How did you become interested in the Japanese language?

In the 1980s I was intrigued by Japanese economic success, the strong contrast between eastern-western cultures, and an underlying appreciation of Buddhism. Because of this interest, I volunteered for business travel to Asian countries and enjoyed it greatly.

What's your fluency level? Newbie? Beginner? Intermediate? Advanced?


What would you like to get out of your participation in this group?

Conversation practice. New friends.


I lived in Kicjijouji, western outskirts of Tokyo, 1994-1996. Interestingly, my culture shock coming back to California was much harder than when entering Japan. It seemed people were so rude, quality and service so poor, and everything so big.

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