About Mark Weitzman
Mark was a radio DJ in the US and worked at radio stations all over the Rocky Mountain West (and also Omaha and Austin.) In the early 1990s, his radio show was broadcast from Denver studios by satellite and carried by over 60 radio stations in the US. On the air, Mark was known as "Mark Allen" and "Mark the Shark." During his 15-year radio DJ career, Mark also wrote dozens of radio comedy skits and hundreds of radio commercials. He won a First Place Addy Award for radio commercial writing and production in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1986.
When not on the air in Denver, Mark was a volunteer at the University of Colorado in Boulder, helping students from abroad practice English. He soon had many Japanese friends and became knowledgeable about Japan.
In 1993 a radio program production company in Tokyo invited Mark to host a morning radio show in Sapporo, Japan (with a Japanese bilingual co-host). Mark moved to Tokyo. But then the Sapporo radio station canceled the program idea, so Mark began performing voice overs by day and teaching English by night at Berlitz in Tokyo. In 2006 he became a full-time freelance voice over artist. He performs voice over at studios in Tokyo or from his home studio, for projects to be broadcast or distributed locally, regionally or worldwide. In 2010, Mark started offering Japanese voice over services by professional Japanese voice artists.
Mark is also a cartoonist. In the 1980s and early 1990s his cartoons were syndicated by Tribune Media Services’ College Press Service to hundreds of colleges and university news-papers in the US. In Japan, Mark has drawn Japan-themed cartoons, and one of his cartoons was published in Pado, a community newspaper in Tokyo.
Mark’s LetsJapan blog was established in 2008. He has written hundreds of articles about Japan and has been published at Digital Journal. Mark has also been a ghostwriter for other websites about Japan.
Japanese folks often exclaim that Mark can handle chopsticks well. Using precision chopstick manipulation, Mark enjoys sushi at his local sushi restaurant, and una-don – grilled eel on rice – which is believed to increase one’s stamina. Mark resides in the Tokyo metropolitan area. He is active in his neighborhood; problematic crows and blaring loudspeakers on private junk collector trucks are some of his protest targets.
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