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After graduating from high school in Tokyo, I entered Asia University. During my second year, I had a chance to study in the U.S. For five months, I studied English at AUAP in Western Washington University in Bellingham. A year later, I transferred to Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, then transferred again to Fairhaven College, where hippie-like atmosphere exists and most of those students study in unique self-designed majors. I am a '93 graduate of Fairhaven. Took me six years to finish college, but the six years were very meaningful.
I majored in "Radio Station Management," which consisted of two academic spheres: communications and management. As well as taking courses in regular university classes, I had a chance to get hands-on experience D.J.-ing at KUGS-FM, the University's radio station and interning at KZAZ-FM and KISM-FM.
- WORK EXPERIENCE:
After graduation, I worked as a freelance translator for a year. As business started to come in constantly, it came to me that I wanted to see what is like to work in a company.
So I did. I worked as a "coordinator" at a PR company in the center of Tokyo for two years. I also worked remotely from my home via Internet, experiencing "home-office." With translation and DTP skills, I worked on a freelance basis, as well. After that, I happen to join Yahoo! JAPAN in 1996 and had my next 16 years there. Finishing my career there as one of the corporate officers, I moved on to Rakuten in 2012, where I spent next 3 years focusing on social commerce area. Now I am my own company called Evergreen. Here is my resume.
I have long enjoyed gardening under the sun, but my focus has been only on veggies. I buried (literally, and that's all I did) seeds in spring and start harvesting in fall.
Some of you may think growing vegetables and plants is troublesome. It depends on how you take to it. Other green thumbs are busy implanting artificial fertilizers into the soil and becoming neurotic about rooting out inch-long weeds. I never maintain the garden "right way". I do what I can afford to do. Nonetheless, I can harvest veggetables anyway. My crops are as good as others. They may not be as big as ones of the professional farmers, nor grow as straight. But mine are healthy.
I think those fertilizer-grown and agrochemically-sterile vegetables are like people who only take daily vitamin pills but not vegetables to stay healthy. Vegetable peels and wastes are enough nutrient for the microorganism in the soil to grow well. I recommend a non-agrochemical and organic way of farming.
Do you think home gardening is troublesome and difficult? Don't expect a harvest like that of professional farmers, and you will be delighted with your own darling and colorful vegetables in your field.
Yes, ANYBODY can grow vegetables. If you're interested, why don't you take a look at my Dirt&Soil page. It might help.