Hi friends! My name is Louie (“Rui” in Japanese), nice to meet you! I am 100% Japanese but I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I’ve had the special opportunity to live within both Japanese and American cultures my whole life and decided in May 2016 to move to Japan to become a “Cultural Bridge” while exploring my Japanese identity in my parents’ native country. I have a degree in marine ecology and have a strong passion for the ocean. On my free time I like to aimlessly wander around the streets of Tokyo with a dSLR camera and my trusty GoPro and create photography and videos. My hobbies are skateboarding, surfing, playing the ukulele, listening to all sorts of music (my favorites are hip hop, jazz, and Bossa nova) and writing. I absolutely love meeting and talking with people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences so I’m looking forward to hanging out with you!