2 min. walk to the nearest convenience store. Aircon & water purifier, and microwave installed. Built in 1953. 6 min.walk from a station. Direct access to Asakusa,Akiba & Tsukiji. Good for 2. You can get a FREE LUNCH if you beat me in chess. If you have tattoos, a friend of mine owns a public bathtub nearby. You can leave your luggage before check in time and after check out time. Published more than a dozen of books in my career and I can give you tips on publishing a bestseller. Hablo Español.
Free Wifi available.
Free eyemask & earplugs provided upon requests.
Free lunch for a day if you beat me in chess.
Free dinner for a night if you stay for more than 20 nights.
Free Japanese tea available. (Barley or Okinawa Jasmine, plus Russian black tea)
Accès des voyageurs
Hydrogenerated water purifier installed. You don't need to buy heavy bottled mineral water anymore.
Free laundry machine available.
A fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and rice cooker in the kitchen.
Two toilets, including one Washlet
Balcony is open to all guests.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
If you plan to stay in Tokyo longer and are looking for an apartment and/or job, let me know. You can get a contact of real estate agency and some job infos in this house.
I'm freelance and don't have to go to the office every day. I'm at home most of the time. You can play chess with me anytime and you can go to some interesting meetups with me; a meetup for media-related people on Saturdays, yoga at Shinjuku gyoen on Sunday mornings, and fitness center almost every day.
Plus, this is a 3-bedroom apt.; one for myself, and two for guests. It means this is a place you can interact with not just myself, but also guests from other countries. Dinner parties with my friends are also held regularly. It is a place where you can get to know who's who in Japan, along with international-minded people from different continents!
*This is a trust-based house. There's no key lock for each room, including mine.
*a half of the dining table in front of the entrance might be a bit messy sometimes, because it's also my office! Oh, you can eat here anytime, even during my working hours.
*This house is extremely old-fashioned and neighbors are really living close. So please be quiet after 10pm.
*Please refrain from smoking inside the house. An ashtray is in the balcony.
*There are two office chairs in the room. When you have a seat on them, please let the wheels stay on the mat. They may damage the floor.
*Please turn off the lights when you go out.
*Please shut the window while taking a shower.
*No stranger in the house, please.
This is not a dormitory for high school kids. So there's absolutely no curfew.
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I'm a professional English interpreter, Spanish translator, and journalist. Spent my college years in NY and Tel Aviv for 2.5 years. Actually, I don't have a degree, just like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, and Mark Zuckerburg.
So far, translated 4 Spanish books including two on Mourinho, one on Vicente Del Bosque, one on Rafa Nadal by Toni Nadal, and one on Real Madrid. 9 English books including two biographies of Cristiano Ronaldo and Hope Solo etc. "Serve to Win" by Novak Djokovic exceeds 120k copies as of Feb. 2017. This book gains huge popularity among professional athletes and even helped a boxing champion defend his title. This book was also featured on a TV news anchored by Takeshi Kitano and many others. 13 books and nearly 220,000 copies in total. My latest book on CR7 got published in July 2015 and reprinted in a week. Went to the 3rd edition in Feb.2017. Most recently, Jamie Vardy's biography and a chronicle of Leicester City FC "5000:1" got published in June 2016.
My articles appear frequently on various magazines. Topics are,
*U.S. bases in Okinawa
*Tokyo's Olympic bidding in 2020
*Interview with a German pianist.
*post Nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima
*Dialogues with American veterans at Iwo-jima
*struggle of a Japanese soccer player in South Korea
*Rise of a 14y/o shogi (Japanese chess) prodigy
and many others.
I also occasionally appear on TV.
I have a nickname in the publishing industry; "The Angel". I always submit an article or draft one week before the deadline, which is extremely rare in this field. In addition, editors don't have to do much for revision. A true professional is always fast and accurate, just like me.
Believe it or not, I'm from a project in a small town in Japan, Just like "Good Will Hunting" household and "8 Mile" hometown. So I didn't have my passport until I was 20. Since then, I've visited;
Seoul, S.Korea in 1999.
All over the U.S., some major cities in Canada, and Mexico in 2000.
Istanbul, Israel, Spain, France, the Vatican, and Italy in 2001.
Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain, France, Switzerland, the Netherland, Germany, and Belgium in 2002.
Toronto, NY, LA, and San Diego in 2003.
Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, and Taiwan in 2004.
Amsterdam, Paris, London, Dublin, and Hong Kong in 2005.
Seoul, Tijuana, LA, Dallas, Phoenix, Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore in 2006.
Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Taiwan in 2007.
Gran Canaria, Berlin, Potsdam, Frankfurt, Seoul in 2009.
Taiwan, the Philippines, Koh Samui in 2010.
Bangkok and Laos in 2014.
Vladivostok and Khabarovsk in Dec.2015
Bangkok in Jan. and August 2016.
Busan in May 2016
Bangkok again in April 2017.
From 2010 through 2013, I've written subtitles for all major TV stations in Tokyo. To name a few, I got involved in the following news;
*Rescue operation of Chilean Miners.
*Earthquakes in Christchurch, NZ.
*Qatar 2022 World Cup bidding.
*World Baseball Classic.
*IOC Tokyo 2020 bidding
*A fixed match in Nigeria
*U.S. Forces in Okinawa etc.
*3 days with a refugee from Cameroon in Tokyo
Organized a charity event for flood victims in Serbia during World Cup in Brazil in June 2014. Organized a charity event again for Nepal in June 2015 in the name of "Ranko Popovic Fund". He's a Serbian who coached Real Zaragoza in Spain, currently Buriram FC in Thailand, and very active in philanthropy.
Also for Hunter Garland, a 17 y/o American boy who is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Hunter's grandmother is my professor in college.
The most recent one is a belly dance show for Cyclone victims in Fiji.
Started Airbnb in December 2014. As you can see in reviews, it went quite well and I've received positive reviews from all over the world.
I believe in the value of Airbnb, and I believe Japan must open the gate, plus Tokyo must be ready for rugby World Cup in 2019 and Olympic in 2020.
Occasionally I'm also involved in a bobsleigh project for Jamaican national team. If everything goes fine, you can see my cameo appearence in "Cool Running II". Plus, I'm also monitoring a future champion of Shogi (Japanese chess) since February 2015. He's a 14 y/o prodigy and I'm planning to make a fortune by ghostwriting his autobiography in 10 years... Oh, I'm glad to inform you he became the youngest professional Shogi player ever in history at the age of 14 years and 2 months old!
Currently I'm into marathon and completed my first full marathon in Kumamoto in Feb.2017. 4:00:05. My second full marathon takes place in Sado Island in Niigata in April. It was 3:59:27. So far, I've completed 3 half marathons in tiny islands; Tsushima, which is 50km south of Busanin July and Kakeroma, between Kagoshima and Okinawa in Nov. 2016. It was 1:57:13, if interested. My third was in Iki Island in Jan.2017. It was 1:42:57.
I speak English, Spanish, and Japanese professionally, plus Korean and Hebrew non-professionally.
I'm also an open water swimmer, amateur historian, chess lover and crazy Gleek. I do yoga, as well as marathon.
I've read over 8000 books in 9 languages in my whole life. to name a few, the books (available in English as of August 2015) below influenced me a lot;
The End of History & Trust (Francis Fukuyama)
The Lexus and the Olive Tree & The World is Flat
On Wings of Eagles (Ken Follett)
The Aladdin Factor (Mark Victor Hansen & Jack Canfield)
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (David Landes)
Moneyball (Michael Lewis)
The Art of Seduction (Robert Greene)
Direct from Dell (Michael Dell)
Lords of the Realm (John Helyar)
Man, the Unknown (Alexis Carrel)
Memoiren (Leni Riefenstahl)
Power (Jeffrey Pfeffer)
Language in Thought and Action (S.I.Hayakawa)
The Millionaire Next Door (Stanley & Danko)
Movies? I've watched over 500 during my highschool years and maybe 1200 in my lifetime. My all-time best movie is "Braveheart". Other than that, "Scent of a Woman", "Amadeus", "Shawshank Redemption","Pretty Woman", "Far and Away", "White Squall" ,
"No Man's Land","Bend It Like Beckham", "With Honors", "Any Given Sunday", "17", "The Client", "Wild Heart Can't Be Broken","ONCE",
"Good Bye Lenin", "Rush", "Invictus", "42", "Rudy", "Notting Hill",
"John Q", "3 Idiots","Vengo", "La Vita e Bella", "New Cinema Paradise", "Leon", "North Country" ,"Don't Stop Believin'","About Time", "Love Actually", "Truman Show", "Yes Man", "Changeling",
"KANO","Argo", "Gran Torino" etc...
Music: Lady Antebellum, Queen, Journey, The Corrs, Enya, Scorpions, Bryan Adams, Firehouse, Skid Row, Mr.Big, Aerosmith, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman, Laura Pausini, Avril Lavigne, Delta Goodrem, Taylor Swift, Keira Knightley, Most recently, I fell in love with Maybe April, while working for my latest 2 Spanish books...
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government".
"Government is not a solution to the problem; Government is the problem".(Ronald Reagan)
"Every man dies. But not every man really lives"(Braveheart)
"Se non ora, quando?" (If not now, when?)
"Semper Fidelis" (Always Faithful)
"O importante é ganhar. Tudo e sempre" (Ayrton Senna)
I don't drink alcohol due to my Baha'i faith. Quit smoking almost ten years ago. But I do enjoy cigars and sheesha (nargile) occasionally.