Tokyo-based writer creating award-winning stories on travel and Japan for media around the globe.


I’m the author of seven books, including Japanese Inns & Hot Springs and the NATJA 2018 Gold Prize-winning Japan Traveler’s Companion. I’m currently working on a collection of short-form writing, looking at Japan through haiku/senryu poetry, flash fiction and non-fiction vignettes. 

Travel writing

From Hokkaido to Okinawa, I’ve travelled to most parts of Japan on assignment, creating work like this Kyoto city guide for TIME, local’s look at Tokyo for National Geographic Traveler, hike through the Tanzawa range, and piece on bull sumo in the Oki Islands.

Japan features

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.

Other projects

I’ve worked on travel- and lifestyle-related web projects for clients that have ranged from Airbnb to Reuters, producing work such as this IAA Brilliance Award-nominated website focusing on Tokyo’s modern and traditional faces and this online guide to central Japan.