I'm from Jena, Germany, where I received my PhD in History in 2012. I'm "almost vegetarian", non-smoker, and a thoughtful, quiet person, when I am not instructing my kendo class. I am very much into outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and rock climbing. I played the trumpet in a jazz band until two years ago when I had to stop to get my PhD thesis finished, which is on the Japanese American Relocation Camp "Gila River" in Southern Arizona.
I was also working for a board game company once and still enjoy boardgames quite a bit.