Hi! I’m Ayaka.

I don’t really know how to best introduce myself, so here are some facts in no particular order:

I was born in Tokyo, moved to the Netherlands when I was 1 year old, and moved to the US when I was 9. I currently live in California.

I like to learn languages. I am native bilingual in English and Japanese, and I’m currently studying French with weekly private lessons. I can also understand a little bit of Dutch and some other languages. Feel free to add me on Duolingo if you want to be language buddies!

To stay healthy and clear my mind, I like to run and ride my road bike. I most recently ran the Oakland half-marathon.

I’m currently an engineering manager at Apple. I’m somewhat new to being a manager, and there’s always something to learn.

I think the best way to start the day is with a warm cup of tea and something to wake up the mind and/or body (studying, running, etc.).

I am happiest when I’m so focused on something that I forget anything else exists.