Since I turned twelve, understanding the other has been a preoccupation, whether an exchange student in my school, a fellow worker with an accent or, in decades later, my Tokyo neighbors.

Reading, both fiction and non-fiction, has helped serve that purpose. My words are meant to transport the reader to within the body and consciousness of another, thus deepening or broadening empathy. I both teach and write so that I may explore and learn myself, as well as to enlarge others’ understanding.

Come take a journey: welcome to my website.