After a couple summers working at a girl's camp in Maine, and graduations in Western New York, in 1986 I strapped my sleeping bag to my 1976 Kawasaki 400 I'd bought for $300, and drove to The Rustler Lodge in Alta, Utah to find work. I toured the West by motorcycle, worked for American Express in the San Francisco Bay area, then went to Europe. I packed Ikea products at a factory in Sweden, worked as a ski guide in the Tyrol, and migrant labourer in Nerja, and taught waterskiing on a small island in the Aegean. Next I worked as a motorcycle courier in London, and in England's West Country as a waterski instructor for a slalom waterski world's silver medalist.
When I began discussing hitchhiking to South Africa, Her Majesty's Immigration Service arranged for me to go to Florida via a redeye to Amsterdam. I then sailed the Caribbean on an historical vessel, a 1920's Grand Banks Schooner. Thanks to a couple Isla Mujeres Jews, I concluded I ought to have a real job. Because the National Security Administration wished to waste a large portion of my life in Japan, I had to study Japanese, and continued during law school.
I worked on the JET Programme at a girl's high school in Ishinomaki, which suffered on 11/3/11. Spring vacation was spent hitchhiking in Malaysia, and visiting family friends in Yangon, and Singapore. After a semester of law school in Tokyo, I worked at a think tank in Akasaka Mitsuke.
In 1996 I sat for the New York Bar in the City, worked as a project attorney, and was invited to work for Squaresoft in Los Angeles. I was not called to the Virginia Bar, but successfully sat for the California Bar on the second raffle. In 2001 I worked at what is now the largest law firm in Japan. In 2005 I worked for a boutique firm in Osaka, where I adopted my legally registered Japanese alias: Masahisa Minamoto. Minamoto is a surname for royal offspring who did not ascend to the royal line. The Japanese ideographic characters for Masahisa approximate my former American nickname.
In 2012 I returned to Tokyo with my Kashihara spouse, Kanako "Kana" Yoshida Allen. Our daughter's American name is Skye Maka Intireina Allen. Intireina is a MacIntyre matronymic. The ideographic characters for Skye's Japanese name, Maka, mean Full Brilliance. We live in the Tennoz Isle neighbourhood of Tokyo.
My autobiography is available in the iBook Store, and as a pdf.