Tokyo-based writer specializing in books and features on Japan, travel writing and creative writing
I’m the author of seven books on Japan, including the NATJA Gold Prize-winning Travel Pack Japan, the award-winning photo book Tokyo: Capital of Cool, Travel Pack Kyoto & Nara, and the upcoming pair of titles, Japan Traveler’s Companion and The Japanese Inn. I’ve also worked on a dozen other Japan-related books for Fodor’s, Rough Guides, National Geographic, and Insight Guides.
From the wilds of Hokkaido in the north to the beaches of Okinawa in the sub-tropical south, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to almost every part of Japan on assignment, producing work that has ranged from this Kyoto city guide for TIME and local’s look at Tokyo for National Geographic Traveler to features like this hike through the Tanzawa range, look at the the Ginza district, and journey into Niigata’s sake traditions.
Besides travel writing, I also write features on other aspects of Japan, from sustainability-related stories like these on green construction and organic produce, to interviews with craftspeople like this feature about a master golf club maker for Lexus and work for other publications that has included features on raising bilingual kids, training to be a sushi chef, and entrepreneurism. For more samples, please visit my portfolio.
Over the last few years I have been focusing more of my time on poetry and fiction. I self-published my first collection of haiku and senyru in 2014 and have had poetry published in a variety of journals. I’ve also had short fiction published in outlets that include 101 Words and 50-Word Stories. My first collection of micro fiction (called In Brief) will be released in late 2017.