Rick Schoonmaker

Work Photo 2 2020




I grew up in South Carolina in the southeastern United States. I was raised in a musical family, and the arts have always been an important part of my life. I lived in Kyushu for 6 years and in Hawaii for three years. In total, I have taught English for about 18 years. I enjoy making friends, making music, making art, teaching English, and studying foreign languages. I feel most satisfied when I am surrounded by nature, engrossed in a good book or movie, or traveling somewhere new. I am married and enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife, my son, and my daughter. I have lived in Japan for many years, but I always want to learn more about Japan and its people. Please help me to learn more about you and your part of Japan, and I will tell you many interesting things about myself and the USA. I look forward to talking with you.

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Conversation Topics

  • Hawaii
    • I lived in Hawaii for 3 years
  • Baseball
    • I played baseball for a long time; I love the game and its history; I love American baseball and Japanese baseball
  • Technology
    • I teach a Technology Literacy course, and I’m interested in all new technologies and how these technologies affect society and communication
  • Appalachia
    • I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains; I love nature, hiking, wildlife, and outdoor sports
  • Music
    • I come from a family of professional musicians; I can talk about music forever, all types of music from every part of the globe and every time period; I play classical guitar
  • Diplomacy & International Relations
    • I have a strong interest in politics, international relations, intercultural communications, exchange programs, and study abroad
  • Movies
    • I never watch TV shows; I only watch movies, and I love to talk about movies; my favorite directors/writers are: Wes Anderson, Joel & Ethan Coen, Hirokazu Koreeda, Hayao Miyazaki, Charlie Kaufman, Giuseppe Tornatore, Federico Fellini, Martin Scorsese, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Alfonso Cuarón, etc
  • Italy (and all of Europe)
    • I studied abroad in Tuscany and I have traveled to Italy many times
    • I studied abroad in England, and I have traveled often in many countries of Europe: Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, etc
  • Kyushu
    • I lived in Saga prefecture for many years and my wife is from Nagasaki
  • Kyudo
    • I studied Kyudo for 2 years when I lived in Saga, and I have a strong interest in all of Japan’s traditional arts, crafts, and practices
  • Art
    • I was an art major in college; I love making art and talking about art; I love painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, film, architecture, fashion, graphic design, industrial design, stage arts, art history, etc
  • Juggling & Circus Arts

My Neighborhood in Hawaii

My Hometown in the USA

My Neighborhood in Saga