Feature: Jonathan Nishimoto Talks Video Games, Motorcycles


Sabrina Randolph, Reporter

Ever heard of the wonderful “Master of Motoycles”? The man who’s the “King of science and technology”? That man happens to work at Manitou Springs High School. Jonathan Shigeol Nishimoto is the Secondary Science teacher here at the High School. Standing at five foot eight, this twenty-four-year old loves to play video games and enjoys outdoor activities. His hobby, which is obviously mountain biking, is just one of the many nature-induced fun things he enjoys: rock climbing, fishing, biking, camping, hunting, rock climbing, caving, and riding motorcycles. Some of the indoor activities he enjoys are reading, playing video games, and crocheting, oh and of course hanging out with Mac, his kitty.

Some of video games he enjoys are Legend of Zelda, his favorite character being Lynk, the young male character who saves the princess from the darkness, and Dark Age of Camelot, a 3D medieval fantasy MMORPG, released on October 10, 2001 in North America and Europe. The game combines Arthurian lore, Norse mythology and Irish Celtic legends with a dash of high fantasy. It is set in the period after King Arthur’s death and his kingdom has split into three parts which are in a constant state of war with each other. The game includes both player versus player combat as well as Realm versus Realm.

Though he doesn’t watch TV nearly a much as those of you out there watching football and such, he does enjoy a good movie,. “Mad Max,” which is rated R, is his favorite.

His mother was from Kirkland, Washington, while his father was from Japan, making him Japanese American. He has a pet named Mac, a Norwegian forest Cat.

Mr. Nishimoto came here to be a teacher, rather than get a better paying job somewhere else, in order to create a relationship with his students. “I teach because education lifts us all up, it opens doors and no one can take it away from you, in layman’s terms its the greatest gift,” he said.