Hi there! My name is Scott and I have been working at AKA for about 10 years. I first came to Japan in the 1990s and have been here for over 20 years now. I can speak Japanese, but unfortunately my kanji is stuck at an elementary school level… Fate brought me to Japan.
My cousin and I were both working in Boston and would meet every weekend for brunch. One day, she was talking about Japan and I didn’t know she lived here for a year, I was fascinated and quit my job in advertising and three months later ended up in Yokohama. The culture and traditions were so different and new to me, I was amazed and looked forward to learning something different everyday. I have taken classes in or have participated in various arts of Japan; calligraphy, tea ceremony, sumie, and of course festivals.
I’m passionate about many things, running is one of them. I’ve done the Mt. Fuji marathon a few times, the Paris marathon and the world’s toughest marathon – the Inca Trail marathon in Peru. These days, I prefer trail runs to marathons, they’re more difficult, require much more concentration and are a lot more fun.
Traveling is another passion of mine, I’ve been to over 50 countries and have been to 37 prefectures, I worked as a photographer in Japan so was able to travel to many different places. I’m also: a movie buff, I watch about a movie a week, a sports and outdoor freak, a lover of music and a pretty good cook.
As I said before, I have been at AKA for about 10 years, I’ve been teaching for more than 20 and have taught every level from 3 to 85 years old. I’m very passionate about my work and make it my goal as well as yours to make you a better speaker. I hope to see you soon!