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I have grown up constantly adjusting to the culture surrounding me, whether it be Japan, where I've lived since the age of two, or the cultures of my parents’ countries: Australia and the United States. My life is a life of observing and analyzing cultural differences, then explaining them to others. My professional and academic goals are influenced by my cross-cultural childhood; I hope to increase Japanese Western cultural and artistic exchange through promotion, translation, reserach, creation and interpretation. My research interests include: the effect of gender roles on music making in Japan, cross cultural musical exchange in the jazz world and how tradition and technology influences 21st century culture. I am currently studying the koto and improvisation with the experimental koto musician Yagi Michiyo.