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A Surprising 30yrs In Tokyo   

Paul, Class of ’80, like many of our alumni, is giving back to the community/world. Working for a NGO in Tokyo, as with many of us, he is relying on technology for work, but also using it for pleasure.


Where are you living now? 
Tokyo, for close to 30 years...yabai!.

What kind of work are you doing? 
Project manager for a NGO foundation, primarily guiding and sending folks overseas for short-term volunteer projects. The pandemic has prevented that for the past two years, so we have been improvising with online remote tours and reunions. While we have experienced setbacks in our programs, we should be able to use what we've learned to enhance future volunteer trips.

What’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or most excited about these days? 
Taking full advantage of admittedly-already-available technology to enjoy real-time and freshly recorded sporting events, e.g. watching once-in-a-lifetime athletes like Shohei Ohtani san perform.

Was there a teacher at NIS who stood out or who had a positive influence on you? 
As with Alumni Overlord Andy, all my teachers during grades 1 through 12 at NIS had positive influences on me. From Ms. Collins (1st & 2nd) to Mrs. Lott (5th & 6th) to Mr. Guthrie (Math) to Coach Thornton (Basketball) to Mr. Burroughs (English), and yes, Mr. Scott (Social Studies). I think one common thread for all of them was that they all seemed to enjoy teaching.

What’s your fondest memory from your time at NIS? 
Being able to play on the basketball, soccer, and volleyball teams. Friends, whether brief or life-long, made over the years.

What’s the one thing you miss most about your time at Nagoya/ Japan? 
At least three: Mitarashi dango (still the best tare), Higashiyama Zoo, Nagoya Kyujo (when the Dragons actually played there).

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for today's Dolphins? 
Enjoy learning. Spread the joy!