26 Maryville, TN
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My self-summary
I'm a Japanophile, political scientist, history freak, thespian, poet, scholar, budding martial artist, and yogini with a zest for life and all it has to offer. As you can probably tell, I prefer to get directly to the point and can be a little blunt at times. I am passionate about the arts, history, sociology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and a host of other fields of study.
A few words of warning: I have ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome; then again, someone once told me, "'Normal' is nothing but a setting on a washing machine."
I am androgynous in my behavior and appearance and generally prefer pants to skirts or dresses (with a couple of notable exceptions). I don't fit neatly into any one category; in other words, I don't quite fall into the butch/femme dichotomy.
If you happen to be familiar with the Meyers-Briggs Personality Inventory, or even if you aren't familiar with it, I am an INFJ (Google it if you have no idea what I'm talking about).
Technically speaking, I'm an asexual homoromantic (I'm not interested in sex, just a romantic same-sex relationship).
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently trying to figure out what to do with my life now that I've graduated college/university. At present, I am volunteering at the local public library, working part-time, and checking out some job leads. I'm also honing my karate skills in my spare time.
I’m really good at
Creative writing, dancing, acting, singing, cooking, drawing (to some extent); teaching, and giving advice.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eccentric, generally androgynous sense of style (I might dress like a hippie one day and like Oscar Wilde the next), my long, curly brown hair; my petite build; my blue eyes; my offbeat sense of humor; my linguistic quirks (like speaking Japanese when I'm really excited); and my enthusiasm for life.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: the Harry Potter septology; the Lord of the Rings trilogy; Frankenstein; Peace is Every Step; Confucius Lives Next Door; Hagakure; Bushido and the Soul of Japan; Geisha; Hamlet; Don Quixote; The Awakening; Street of a Thousand Blossoms; Pavilion of Women; The Old Man and the Sea; Murder on the Orient Express; Cards on the Table; The House on Mango Street; Farewell to Manzanar; The Poems of Emily Dickinson; Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns; Sun Tzu's Art of War; Hamlet; The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; My Bondage and My Freedom by Fredrick Douglass; Siddhartha; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Return of Sherlock Holmes; Murder on the Orient Express; Eats, Shoots, and Leaves; Talk to the Hand; Breaking into Japanese Literature; Cardenio; Macbeth; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Julius Caesar; Twelfth Night; The Last Lecture; Ill Fares the Land; The Deluxe Transitive Vampire; The New Well-Tempered Sentence; Snow Country; The Analects of Confucius; The Samurai and the Sacred; King Leopold's Ghost; Eats, Shoots and Leaves; By the Sword; Meeting with Japan; The Last Lecture; It Was a Dark and Stormy Night; Talk to the Hand; Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands; Azumanga Daioh.

Movies: Sand and Sorrow, Jet Li's Fearless, The Forbidden Kingdom; Murder on the Orient Express; The Last Samurai; Arsenic and Old Lace; Monsoon Wedding; Raise the Red Lantern; Shall We Dansu?; Rashōmon; Yojimbo; Sanjurō; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Princess Mononoke; What the Bleep Do We Know?; the Home Alone movies (always good for a laugh); Duck Soup; Sergeant York; The Hidden Fortress; Some Like It Hot; Le Miserable; Despicable Me (1 & 2); The Lone Ranger; Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

TV shows: Mythbusters, Jeopardy!, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Gintama, Fullmetal Alchemist, Castle, American Pickers, Once upon a Time, House of Five Leaves, Bamboo Blade, Ouran High School Host Club, etc.

Music (in no particular order): Coldplay, Seal, Vitamin String Quartet, the Beatles, James Taylor, Dashboard Confessional, Nota, Sting, Bob Marley, Maroon 5, Train, D (it's a Japanese rock group); Altan, Solas, Thousands of One, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Kōdō, Vampire Weekend, Chicago, Bob Dylan, the Chieftans, Celtic Woman, Enya, Zac Brown Band, The Who, Juanes, Stevie Wonder, the Battlefield Band, Super Junior, MONKEY MAJIK, R. Carlos Nakai, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Eric Clapton, Janelle Monáe, Anúna, Clannad, Loreena McKennitt, Nihon Daikō, Robin Bullock, Train, Bobby McFerrin, Bach, Beethoven, Aaron Copland, Tony McManus, U2, Adele, the Decemberists, B.A.P., immi, John Dowland, Versailles Philharmonic Quintet, Ali Zafar, Matisyahu, etc.

Foods: Pasta, pizza, Japanese cuisine, Middle Eastern cuisine, pad Thai, Chinese cuisine, Mexican, Greek, vegan (even though I still eat poultry and fish), curry (red or yellow), Mongolian barbecue, gyros, popcorn, ratatouille, kimchee, bibimbap, haggis (regular or vegetarian) and so on.
Drinks (non-alcoholic): Water, green tea, herbal tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soymilk, fruit juices of all kinds, and ramune (a Japanese soda/pop/soft drink in a distinctive bottle).
The six things I could never do without
Pardon me for listing more than six things, but here goes nothing: God; my family and friends; my bokutō (Japanese wooden swords used for solo and sparring practice); my collegiate hoodie (it's so comfortable); my iPod (I can't live without my music); my book collection; my laptop; and my ghost throw blanket (it's cozy and there's room for two!).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Traveling the globe; the environment; finding love; helping people understand one another's cultures; the ever-increasing political rift in America; the future of our planet; and the psychological processes and other factors that drive people's behaviors.
On a typical Friday night I am
Watching a movie or one of my favorite anime series while munching on freshly made popcorn; attending an international or intercultural event; writing poetry on various subjects; drawing interesting objects, people, animals, or plants; doing yoga; practicing karate.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm a hopeless romantic at heart.
You should message me if
You are interested in different cultures; you enjoy good food, good entertainment, and good company; you seek someone to be inspired by you artistically; you want someone to listen to your problems; you seek someone who fights for what she believes in; you like androgynous women who wear kilts; or you simply seek an empathetic friend to share laughter and tears with. Speaking another language besides English doesn't hurt, but it's not an absolute necessity.