Tokyo-based writer covering Japan for media around the world.
I’ve traveled to most parts of Japan on assignment, creating work like this local’s look at Tokyo and piece on Okinawan longevity for National Geographic Travel, this feature on sacred Mount Koya for the BBC, and this Roads & Kingdoms piece on bull sumo in the remote Oki Islands.
I also write features on other aspects of Japan, from articles like this for the BBC about the cat that saved a railway to food and drink stories such as this farewell to Tsukiji Market and interviews with artisans like this piece about a Bunraku puppet maker.
I’ve worked for clients ranging from Japanese DMOs to major advertising agencies, producing work such as this website on Tokyo’s modern and traditional faces, scripting this animation about MICE, and making in-depth social media content in a year-long project for the region of Japan devastated by the 2011 tsunami.
I’m the author of seven books, including Japanese Inns & Hot Springs and the NATJA 2018 Gold Prize-winning Japan Traveler’s Companion. I’ve also updated and contributed to more than 20 guidebooks. I’m currently working on a collection of short-form writing, a book on small-town Japan, and a train travel diary.