Takeshi Hayasaka, born and raised in Miyagi prefecture located 200 miles north of Tokyo, the capital of Japan, came to Des Moines in August 2022, as a cultural coordinator of the Japan Outreach Initiative program. He focuses on sharing Japanese culture with the local communities and supporting his host organization, Japan America Society of Iowa. He loves traveling abroad and has visited 12 countries: New Zealand, Indonesia, Colombia, Korea, Canada, the United States, Belarus, Russia, Hungary, France, Monaco, and Italy. He believes his personality was formed through the experiences from these trips. Becoming a CultureALL Ambassador opens a door for him to utilize those experiences. He is looking forward to meeting new friends at his presentations.