Author: Aidan Koch (page 1 of 3)

John “JP” Wojciechowski – Linguaphile and Tea Connoisseur

“At 13, I had the epiphany of how important it is to learn a second language, and from that instant I made it my mission to pursue that matter to the end.”

John “JP” Wojciechowski, 25 year-old English teacher and linguaphile, the importance of learning a language and then using that language to cultivate new relationships is the most paramount matter in life.

“I felt like I was learning so much about the world,” he says. “I kind of decided that everyone should learn a second language. At that time and that age, I just had a realization that this skill is a way to communicate with other people in the world and gain such a different perspective. That was what really got me, and for the last 12 years I have pursued that goal.”

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Making Matsuri Magic

As humans, we are social by nature. Be it with family, friends, or fellow fanatics, we are wont to gather in mutual celebration or commiseration, and this may take many forms. Perhaps we gather to watch opposing sports teams battle over a piece of pigskin, or maybe we assemble with all the other Avengers to see the newest Marvel movie, or even just convene to cook food in each other’s company.

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Luke Straka – Philosopher and Bohemian

Seated opposite Luke Straka, 28 year-old teacher and philosopher, in a rustic cafe on a Sunday afternoon, one can learn a lot about how to view the world.

“I think that language is the key to many of the philosophical and psychological conundrums that we face as humans in this world,” says Luke. “If I can do anything, I want to learn how to address those issues and use them to bring people together across boundaries.”

A big part of learning to transcend those boundaries is being comfortable with being a stranger in a strange land, a comfort Luke has been cultivating all his life.

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温泉の経験 – Onsen Experiences

Steam slaps you in the face and you are surrounded by naked people. The water scalds your skin as you enter it and you acclimate slowly. You unwind as the stress flows out of you.

Welcome to the onsen.

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Brendan Bish – Poet, Traveler, Student

For Brenden Bish, 28 year-old international poet and professional student, learning is a way to tune into eternity.

“You never stop learning,” says Brenden. “You can learn so many different things under the sun, so you can learn something and be humbled by each new thing. And each lesson is just one tiny piece of the whole expanse of human knowledge, so I really strive to learn something new in every moment.”

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再定義 – Redefinition

Just as the new year will bring bring great things for us, so too will it bring great changes for this blog. Starting from now, this blog will be about everyone but myself.

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可能な将来 – Possible Futures

“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”

Yoda, the empire strikes back
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同人 – Kindred Spirits

“I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn’t exist.”

Berkeley breathed
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