A good way to discover your passion is to walk through a library and notice the sections you pass through quickly and the ones where you spend time. Invariably, I am pulled to the sections on learning theory, history and poetry. My own personal library reflects these interests: I have about two hundred books on Japanese and Chinese language learning, sociology, history, poetry, and a growing number on computers.


Though I admire painters such as Botticelli, Caspar Friederich, and Klee I believe there are equally skilled masters from other cultures. In particular, I'd wish the works of Daoji, Jamini Roy, and Kamal al-Din Bihzad were better known. Favorite writers include Bruce Boston, Nobustuna, and Wislawa Szymborska.


In 1986 I started out on a NEC Japanese word processor. Five years later I upgraded to a MacIntosh LCII and in 1996 I briefly switched to Windows, then returned to Apple when System X came out. I make it a point to learn a few new programs each year.


I love Billy Ocean, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, and Roberta Flack. I also appreciate classical masters such as Bach, Biber, Dowland, Vitali, Purcell, Schutz, and Hebden. Modern favorites include John Adams, Glass, Parr, Hovahness, and Britten. Of the so-called "new age" artists, I am attracted by Constance Demby, Enya, and Yamashita Stoomu.


I maintain a near-vegetarian diet with lots of fiber and vegetables. However, from time to time I also love pizza, mexican tacos, vegetable curry with dahl, thai fried noodles, and apple pie. My favorite dish is iso-oroshi soba.


Hobbies include tennis, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and bicycling.