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David Petersen

Auckland, New Zealand


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It's always more interesting to learn about people in person (or e-person these days). If you want the "bullet" however, I am originally from Canada, and have been traveling and living abroad for nearly 20 years now. Along the way I have walked the tunnels under the Korean DMZ, done archaeology in Spain, climbed Mt. Fuji, snorkeled in Fiji, taught English in Budapest, graduated from the University of Malta, cuddled a koala in Australia, been violently ill in Czechoslovakia, and worked at a translation agency in Japan. I have also published 6 books to date, as well a number of articles in magazines dealing with peace studies, translation, traditional theater, contemporary performance research, dance, and movement studies.

Interests: Theater studies, translation, Japanese language and culture, Kagura (Shinto theater), spirituality, creativity, peace studies, language-teaching, travel, photography

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Reading English News on the Internet: A Guide to Connectors, Verbs, Expression, and Vocabulary for the ESL Student
  • Absolute Beginner's Guide to Hiragana
  • Reading English News on the Internet (Bilingual Japanese-English Edition)
  • Survivors: The A-bombed Trees of Hiroshima
  • An Invitation to Kagura: Hidden Gem of the Traditional Japanese Performing Arts
  • The Well-Tempered Body: Expressive Movement for Actors, Improvisers, and Performance Artists