About "Seiji Does Japan"
"Seiji Does Japan" is
a personal website of Seiji Ikeda. He finances
the entire site himself and receives absolutely
no income what-so-ever from the site. It's simply
to share his experiences abroad to friends, family,
and the public while practicing his web design
skills. Everything is done by Seiji, of course.
He hopes that everyone truly enjoys the site!!!
he is pleased to have everyone know about his candid
personal life, two things he does censor are 1)
his dating relationships, and 2) work specific
stuff. Why? Because 1) he needs to have a "safe
zone" in his personal life, and 2) writing
about work can get you fired.
Seiji was born in Goleta,
California (Southern California near Santa Barbara)
in 1977. But moved to Manhattan, Kansas when he
was 1 and has lived there ever since.
in science and arts led him to a 3.5 year study
of Pre-Medicine and Organismic Biology at Kansas
State University (KSU), but switched to Graphic
Design for the remainder of his 2 years. Academic
recognition includes being in the "Who's Who
of College", art scholarships, and Best Graphic
Design Student for 2000. He graduated in the year
2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
(specializing in web design) and a Minor in Spanish.
His portfolio includes web
work done for KSU
Sports Information, KSU
Art Department, KSU
Rotaract (International Best Rotaract Site,
3rd place 2000), the Manhattan
Mercury (Manhattan's city newspaper), and KSU
Men's Crew. He taught Graphic Design and Computer
Imaging at Kansas State University as an Instructor.
And was the KSU Art Department's Computer Technician.
He also excelled in the sport of
rowing as a rower, coxswain and coach for 10 years.
Coaching crews of both High School and Varsity Collegiate.
And holds the record of being the only high school
student ever to be the President of a Varsity Collegiate
Sport; a situation unheard of.
Philanthropic tendencies has led
him to co-found the national fundraiser, "Row
for Humanity" in 1997 (to help both rowing crews
and Habitat for Humanity), a Secretary for Habitat
for Humanity, Rotary International, etc.. And has
also led him on Community Service ventures to the
Yucatan, Mexico teaching summer school to less fortunate
He is currently teaching English
in Miki, Japan (located 40 km north of Kobe in Hyogo
Prefecture) under the JET Program. He started in
2001 and is in his 3rd (final) year today.
He enjoys traveling, photography,
movies and movie-making, collecting figurines / hat
pins / foreign currency / sand from around the world
/ DVDs, home-repair, web design, linguistics, art,
ancient civilizations, festivals, taking naps, anime,
cartoons, teaching, learning, doodling, martial arts,
can play the violin & viola, road trips, nature,
sunny weather, humor, Spiderman, onsens, shopping,
costumes, world masks, Miyamoto Musashi & samurai
swords, UFO Catcher (Bear Claws) games, cultures,
food, root beer, ice cream, etc.
He hates mosquitos, people who
bitch / rude / narrow-minded, not being prepared,
smoking, computer crashes, slow computers, no internet
access, the school gate, being cold, and caterpillers.
information about Seiji:
||5' 8" / 172
||January 14, 1977
||157 lbs / 71 kg
||8.5 / 25.5cm
||34-35" / 86-89 cm
||32" / 81cm