Hometown: San Juan
Country: Puerto Rico
Favorite Sport: Quidditch
Motto: Incipit Vita Nova
A little about myself:
Hi, my name is Rubén. I was raised in a small island in the Caribbean, but I am part of the world.
I feel connected to everyone. In my education, I studied international relations; I graduated from
Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan). I have always considered myself an artist. I am often silly
I speak: Español, English, little Japanese
My favorite TV show: “Doctor Who”
My favorite book: the Wheel of Time series
My favorite game: Pokémon GO
My Zodiac sign: Pisces
My Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff
Q. What’s your favorite color?
Q. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “blue”?
A. “Wow, how’d you know my favorite color is blue?” … Blue makes me think of the sunrays
shining under the waves of a Caribbean beach; the sea blue.
Q. Do you have kids?
A. I do not have any kids yet. I am the uncle of 3 super nieces!
Q. How does that impact you at work as a teacher?
A. I feel that not having my own children allows me to keep the objective perspective of being a
teacher and mentor to the children without turning to a parenting-style. I do sometimes feel like
I’m turning into a cool uncle style, haha!
Q. What are three things you value?
A. Honesty. Nature. Enigmas.
Q. What kind of place was your hometown?
A. My hometown was urbanized, but still had connections to the beaches and rain forest of
Q. What is your favorite Japanese food?
A. I enjoy tasting the different types of Ramen across all the prefectures of Japan.
Q. What is your favorite non-Japanese food?
A. Italian lasagna.
Q. What’s your favorite place in Japan outside Tokyo?
A. 小倉ヶ浜 (Hyuga, Kyushu)
Q. What place in Japan do you want to go to?
A. Aomori prefecture
Q. What do you like best about yourself?
A. My relaxed sense of humor… “Why so serious?”
Q. What do you do on your free time?
A. I like to try new things in my free time.
Q. What country do you want to visit the most?
Q. What are your favorite movies?
A. Poltergeist, E.T., Schindler’s List, El Orfanato, The Birds, Interstellar, Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain
Q. Who are your favorite actors/actresses?
- Ryan Gosling
- Saoirse Ronan
- Charlize Theron
- Tom Hanks Q. What is another field of work that is very interesting to you? A. Performance Art Q. What is one thing you want to do before you die? A. I would enjoy a visit to the Moon, if I can. Q. Why did you come to Japan? A. I wanted to challenge my comfort zone, by starting a new life on the opposite side of the world from PuertoRico.