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I'd like people in Nagoya to be able to see the scenery and way of living in Portland.

Takuichiro Kobayashi

I began djing for the campus radio station in '99 while studying Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University. I graduated in September of 2002. In 2004 I won the grand prize in the 11th ZIP-FM Music Navigator Contest, and the next year in April I became a music navigator for the same station. In September of 2008 I was employed as the home court MC for the Aishin Seahorses in the Japan Basketball League. I have also MC'ed at various events and narrated for commercials.

Takuichiro Kobayashi

As a university student, I went to study in the United States in Portland, Oregon. Oregon’s atmosphere, and Portland’s lifestyle made a big impact on me, and since then, I have travelled back to my “second Home Town” every year. I loved that Portland lifestyle so much that I brought it to Nagoya when I started the farmers’ market, Portland Living, last year.

However, I didn’t just bring Portland to Nagoya, but gave growers a chance to show their commitment, putting value in the land and locally grown produce in their own stalls, and acting as a filter to create a Nagoya localized market.

Local artists, potters, musicians also come to sell their work or express themselves through performances. I plan to increase efforts to further incorporate Portland culture such as the biking lifestyle and Third Wave Coffee. Portland has a slogan, “Keep Portland Weird”, and through Portland Living, I hope to meet many strange people in Nagoya and the Tokai Area.

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Deep-Fried Chicken Wings

Deep-Fried Chicken Wings

I’m a radio DJ in Nagoya, and when interviewing foreign artists, found they all like Nagoya’s famous chicken wings, called Tebasaki. The spicy wings pack a punch, and will melt in your mouth!

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Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

Iga-Ryu Ninja Museum

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Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

I took a group of 20 American high school students here once, and they all loved it! It’s not just about Toyota, but the history of motoring from America, Germany, Italy, France and more, and includes Japan’s cultural history too!

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