About Hirohurl
Joined November 2015
I'm a British bloke who lives, Japan. I am a freelance English language teacher based in Hiroshima.

I have been involved with Internet marketing in various ways for about 15 years now. My first online business was selling Japanese games, comics and other goods to customers all over the world.

A few years later I moved into affiliate marketing. I joined Wealthy Affiliate to improve my online business skills and connect with like-minded business people.

I am also keen on playing chess and Japanese mahjong.

You can see from my profile pic that I am also a long-suffering Dad!

David Hurley
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RogerHumbke Premium
Hello from Edmonton, Canada

I was in China for 13 years involved in English teaching and setting up Canadian High School Programs in public high schools from Sanya to Jilin City. Married to a lady from Guangzhou and return often. Wish I had discovered WA back when it started, but alas its only been 2 fantastic years of learning so many new skills.

Have only passed thru Japan, but one of these years I would like to take an extended trip to both Japan and Korea.

Best of luck in Bo's group. I am in Dave's Cryptocurrencies and Block Chain Technologies.

Roger
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hirohurl Premium
Hi Roger,

Dave's Cryptocurrencies group sounds very interesting as I have started another (!) blog on that topic. However, adding a third training program to Bo's and Kyles at this stage would be one step beyond madness!

Yes, I wish I'd found WA a few years earlier than I did too.

I spent a few days in China (Shanghai and Beijing) way back in 1991, and a few days in Hong Kong and Macau in 1996. Have been to Korea three or four times, once on holiday and the other times to renew work visas (we used to have to leave Japan each year to renew our work visas overseas and Pusan or Seoul were the obvious choices)...

I've lived in Hiroshima for a total of 24 out of the last 27 years and sometimes I find myself teaching college students whose mothers were in my schoolkids classes in my first few years here!
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sb4269 Premium
Howdy David, Loved your post and honored to connect with you.
Deb and I spent two and half awesome years on Okinawa back in the early 70's and loved it. Remember the Pachinko machine, spelling may be off but me and the kids loved to stand on street in Okinawa City and play it.
Bless You

Sam and Deb
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hirohurl Premium
Thanks for following me back, Sam and Deb.

I immediately recognized you having seen your photo many times on traffic exchanges. I think traffic exchanges have their uses, and "brand awareness" is one of them.
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sb4269 Premium
Thanks David. Now its co-op rotators .
Sam
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Roybretton Premium
Hello David, thank you for the follow, I am now following you. It seems like all of a sudden I have found quite a few British people to follow me, which is good. I have just been reading your profile David and it looks like you're making good progress and have quite a bit of experience with Internet marketing. I really enjoy being part of Wealthy Affiliate, I have been working online for over 10 years, but I also have an off-line business.

I look forward to networking with you and reading your blog posts and I wish you every success for 2018.

Roy
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hirohurl Premium
Hi Roy,

You are welcome. Thanks for your message. Yes, there are quite a few Brits actively involved with WA.

All the best to you.

DH
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DaveAus Premium
Hi David, interesting story (similar to my own - From UK and now in Australia)...I always loved the superhero comics/art too and even thought about working as an artist (but never quite good enough!)...which is probably not a bad thing as I'm sure there's more money marketing the comics than working for one etc...

Nice to meet you and best of luck for 2018!
Dave
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hirohurl Premium
Hi Dave,

Thanks for popping by and introducing yourself. I haven't got around to visiting Australia yet. One of my school friends emigrated to Western Australia and set up as a graphic designer there.

Japanese comics was a sideline. My main focus was on selling Japanese games. However, I sold a lot of "Ginga Densetsu Weed" and related fighting dog genre comics, mostly to young female Scandinavians (go figure)!

Actually, selling comics was a bit of a pain because someone would inevitably order volume 23 of a series, and I'd end up visiting supplier after supplier only to find they had practically every other volume EXCEPT that one!!

I much prefer affiliate marketing to packing and posting physical products. :)

My aim is to free myself from dependence on a specific geographic location for my income, although I will probably continue to teach part time as I enjoy teaching and the social contact that it brings.

All the best in your online endeavours in 2018!
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Sftat Premium
Hi David,
I just encountered you, and I'm envious. I've only been once, but I'm very fond of Hiroshima-ken, especially Miyajima.
Do you know if they still have the elaborate machines for making and filling momiji cakes in the stores there? It has been several years, but I do want to return some day - I always suggest it to friends who like to travel.
All the best,
Steve
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hirohurl Premium
Hi Steve,

Yes, those momiji-manju making machines are still working hard and fascinating tourists!

Can you believe it...? Late last year Starbucks opened a cafe on the main drag from the ferry port to the shrine. I haven't been there yet, but their upstairs lounge has a big window with what I guess is a nice view of the torii gate.

Next to Starbucks there is a new Miyajima beer brewery too... (Until recently, a brand of bottled "Miyajima Beer" sold on the island wasn't brewed on the island or even in Hiroshima Prefecture!) So now they have their own beer brewery, on my next visit to Miyajima I might not get as far as the shrine!
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Sftat Premium
Hey David...
Thanks for the quick reply. Hard to imagine Starbucks on Miyajima, but the brewery makes a lot of sense to me. I think of this island as the perfect place to relax and mellow out in a country where mellow is in short supply and great demand.

I assume the deer on the island are still mostly out of control... Right?
I didn't manage to visit the beach or the monkey colony, but they will be on my itinerary next time, I imagine; are they worth it in your experience?
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hirohurl Premium
Well, the monkey colony was removed a few years ago...

I've been camping near the beach several times. The campsite is located in a wooded area, and people hang their food supplies in the trees to keep them away from the deer. They eat everything. One evening we had a barbeque and the next morning the ash had disappeared - eaten by the deer! Fireworks go down the hatch too!

The last time I was camping there it was an evening when the sky was full of shooting stars. I've seen shooting stars before, but nothing like the stars I saw while on Miyajima.
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Sftat Premium
Not too surprising about the monkeys, since they warned us that if we encountered them to be extra careful not to make eye contact, as they could get aggressive. I imagine they were just too tourist un-friendly for a mellow place like Miyajima. I just thought of it as odd at the time, but since then I've heard about several incidents between people and monkeys that were very violent and tragic.

Yep - those deer are awesome to look at, but they are a lot like giant rats... Jeez - even fireworks! I'd not thought about the challenges of camping there - when I went I was there to experience my first stay in a ryokan.

Years ago one of them gave me hell while I tried to take a selfie (of sorts with a 35 mm camera) in front of the Tori gate at high tide. The critter snatched a roll of Fuji film (dating myself...) and I had to bribe him with my snow-cone to get it back... It worked, but then he managed to do it again with a different roll he got out of my camera bag, and finish off my treat!

Wow - what a place for shooting star viewing... When I was there, a beautiful sailboat race happened in the waters just off shore in clear view of the balcony of my room at the ryokan. Quite a target-rich environment for photographers, for sure...
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CraigW315 Premium
It has been a longstanding dream of mine to visit Japan! I have wanted to go since I was about 22 or so... I actually had the opportunity at one time to go teach in Nagano, but like a fool, I didn't take it.

I can't complain though. If I'd gone, I likely would never have met my incredible wife and had the two wonderful boys that I have been blessed with.

Still, one day I will go... Hopefully WA will provide the means for me to do some travelling at some point.
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hirohurl Premium
I'm based in Hiroshima, so a long way from Nagano. I've travelled around a lot in Japan, from Tokyo to Kagoshima in the south of Kyushu, but not ventured further north than Tokyo yet.

I'd love to go up to the Japanese "snow country" one winter, but that won't be this year.

Well, if I'm still in Japan when you realize the dream of becoming an Internet marketing traveller, get in touch and I'd be happy to show you around my neck of the woods.
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Sftat Premium
You should hang onto that dream, Craig. In my opinion, there is no place better for North Americans, Brits and Aussies to visit as tourists than Japan. It is super-safe, easy to access by train, and surprisingly welcoming to English speakers - though a little Japanese does come in handy.

I didn't make it to Nagano, but back when I had business in Japan I did enjoy visiting Yuzawa Onsen during the winter, which is also in the Japanese alps. It is a beautiful spa & ski resort town right on the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) line North of Tokyo- north east of Nagano.

I expect Nagano is wonderful, especially in ski season, though I've yet to see it; maybe next time. Yuzawa is popular year round, as the hiking trails and mineral baths (onsen) attract tourists from Tokyo no matter the weather. I've visited in winter and spring, and I recommend it highly. I stopped there on the last day of my final business trip to Japan, to enjoy the onsen a short walk from the bullet train station. I liked it so much that years later when my daughter and I visited Japan for the wedding of a friend of mine (near Nagoya) we visited Yuzawa again.

If you come as a tourist or business visitor from abroad, Japan is easy and fun. With a JR rail pass, you can go almost anywhere, and get there fast by bullet train. If you want to experience the country like locals do, and not like a western tourist, it is inexpensive and great exercise (LOTS of walking in hilly terrain). The castles, temples, shrines, shopping streets and museums are all amazing and user friendly. And you only need about a 10 minute Japanese lesson to ensure you never get on the wrong train. When you have a bit of time, money and curiosity for travel, this should be on the top of your list, IMHO.
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CraigW315 Premium
Sounds great... I still definitely want to go. It's just a matter of money (but isn't everything?)
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Janoch2 Premium
haha, love the profile! that sounds pretty interesting!! selling japanese comics and games world-wide. Not going to lie, Japanese culture I've found quite bizzare but very entertaining.

(I just finished watching a video which I believe translates to Is it candy? where people try taking a bite out of random objects like shoes, desks, book shelves and whatnot... sometimes its candy, other times its not.)

very confusing, but i laughed my arse off.
thanks for the follow! I'll be staying tuned looking forward to reading of your adventures ole Chum.
cheers
-Rob
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hirohurl Premium
Ah yes, Sokkuri Candy, just a part of the background craziness that is life in Japan (not to mention the foreground craziness)...

https://goo.gl/images/otfuEJ
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Janoch2 Premium
haha, yes that's the one! I also really enjoy Japanese Commercials. If you can think of any decent ones to share, I would be much obliged.

Seriously, I thought North American media was getting weird... Japan is just on a whole other level of weird.
I love it!
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boomergp08 Premium
Thank you David for the follow and many blessings to you here at WA. As a Premium Member you are probably aware of the AWESOME and FREE WA Keyword Tool we have unlimited access to.

This is the keyword research tool I have used exclusively after I became a Premium member 3+ years ago and it has helped me many times to find awesome keywords that have led to Google page 1 rankings.

I created very popular WA Training Tutorials, Part 1 and Part 2, on how to use the WA Keyword Tool for keyword research. If you have not seen it and would like to learn how simple it is to use and a little about keywords, click the below link.
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hirohurl Premium
Thank you, Robert.

I use the keyword tool a lot for my blog posts. I will check your training tutorials as I'd be happy to learn some new tricks.

All the best,

David
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DaveSw Premium
Good to meet you here David and thanks for the follow...I have followed you as well...Japan! Cool! I have been there on business for a project I was involved in quite a few years ago now and loved the place...Best of luck to you with your online marketing program...Cheers! Dave : )
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hirohurl Premium
Thank you Dave, and thanks for the follow.

Yes, I have been in Japan for 23 out of the last 26 years. 1 year (1990-91), then 5 years, and now 17 years so far!
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Loes Premium
Hello David,♫Welcome! Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun on WA. Thank you for following me.

From the start, I have written training for every issue I had problems with myself. I also made a list of 1001 niche ideas, a checklist with 25 points to go through before you publish a post, 101 blogging ideas when you get stuck and an A-Z WA dictionary. I just love lists:) It has been very helpful to a lot of people. I have listed them in one blog you can find on my profile. It's the first website link on the right under “Follow me on” (click on my picture to get there). I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please add a comment to this message or leave them on my profile.
Success building your business in 2017. See you around, Greetings Loes
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hirohurl Premium
Hi Loes,

Thank you for your message. I hope to follow your lead and write some training material this year too. You are setting a great example as well as providing additional value for the members.

All the best to you too.

David
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