All About Japan

All About Japan Authors

  • Alice has lived and worked in Japan for close to 25 years. She studied Japanese art at Princeton University and translates for museums throughout Japan. Her popular column in The Japan Times, which ran from 2001 to 2015, answered readers’ questions on Japan with meticulously researched yet decidedly off-beat reports on everything from industrial safety to traditional talismans. She has appeared on NHK World and is certified as an expert consultant by the Japan Tourism Agency.

  • A Tokyo resident for over 15 years, Mac is the founder and lead guide of Maction Planet, which specializes in bespoke Japan travel. He has travelled to over 100 countries and all 7 continents. He is also the creator of Kanpai Planet, a YouTube channel helping people discover the world of Japanese drinks, with active social media on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

  • Originally from New Zealand, Louise George Kittaka is a bilingual writer, content developer and university lecturer based in Tokyo. Her areas of interest include travel, business, education, environmental concerns, and issues pertaining to the international community. When she isn’t at her computer, Louise loves exploring waterfalls, going to cake buffets and collecting anything related to the Aliens movie franchise.

  • After working as an editor for Summit Media, the leading publishing company in the Philippines, I went to business school in Tokyo to prepare for the building of my future social enterprise that combines the elements of my Creative Source, Travelvocacy, and Ministry of Food. Nowadays, while learning Nihongo, I’m writing my memoir Made in Japan, while hosting and cooking for the PhilippineRoving Restaurant, promoting cultural exchange in Japan. My favorite words are write, eat, travel, yoga, and

  • Since his arrival in Asia in 1965, Mark Schreiber held jobs in retailing, public relations, advertising and market research before becoming a freelance writer and translator.

  • Japan-based social entrepreneur and outdoors nut. I've worked with social enterprises, NGOs and inter-governmental organisations for over 10 years in the field of sustainable development, ranging from disaster management to climate leadership training and green technology. I'm the Co-founder of mymizu, a global tech platform reducing plastic waste and the Representative Director of Social Innovation Japan, as well as a Board Member of Shibuya QWS.

  • Anthony studied Japanese in Australia, spent a year in Japan in 1990, and moved here in 2007. He is a translator, with a background in travel, a qualified tea ceremony instructor, and DJ, with a fixation for kanji. You’ll always find him on Twitter!

  • Japanophile, engaged in translation, interpretation, journalism, food tours, modeling, acting, and voice acting.

  • I'm the voice announcing, "The next stop is..." on roughly half of Sapporo's major public transportation. When I'm not doing VO, you'll find me crafting retro-jazz and modern pop songs for shows and TV commercials, travel reporting (NHK World, New Chitose Airport, etc.), teaching English 101 at two universities, and writing books, the most recent being, "Strange Strategies: For Language Learning and Life" and "Cutting Conversation Corners: Excell at Everyday English". I love camping & kayaking.

  • Patrick Macias is the editor in chief of Otaku USA magazine, the founding editor of Crunchyroll News, and the author of numerous books about Japanese pop culture including TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion.
    As a freelancer, Patrick has worked with such companies as Netflix, Funimation, Octas, Inc. and Bandai on a variety of entertainment-related projects.
    Born and raised in Sacramento, California, he now lives in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Originally from Australia, Ben has lived in Tokyo for three years now, with passions including writing, photography and film while also exploring all aspects of Japan and its culture.

  • I’m a current eikaiwa (English conversation) teacher who loves to travel. When I get some of that coveted time off, I like to explore as much of Japan as possible! In my free time I take photos, do digital art, and practice my kanji through the art of Japanese calligraphy.

  • We love Japan, and we hope we can help you find something you can love about it, too! We're always looking for something fun, weird, exciting or intriguing to highlight just how fascinating this place can be.

  • Originally from small-town Ontario, Canada, Helen now calls Kamakura home. She keeps busy with writing, editing, innkeeping, and caring for two small humans.

  • Tim Hornyak is a Canadian writer based in Tokyo, Japan, who has worked in journalism for more than 20 years. He has written extensively about travel, food, technology, science, culture and business in Japan for media including The New York Times, Nature, Science, Scientific American, CNBC, CNET, The Japan Times and IDG News. He is the author of Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots.

  • A foodie who loves to explore, my favorite things to do include walking around any city to find delicious food, as well as taking a mid afternoon break with a glass of wine. I enjoy cooking and exploring new cafes and restaurants in my free time.

  • Has worked in advertising and publishing and as writer and editor of feature articles on travel, food, art, culture, and lifestyle. Had an eight-year stint as a boutique hotel developer and operator in Siem Reap, Cambodia, gateway to Angkor Wat, then returned to Japan where he presently lives in Kamakura pursuing his interest in Japanese history and culture. Also worked for The Lonely Planet travel guides and, the first online international city guide.

  • Jim Rion is an American translator and writer living in Yamaguchi Prefecture. He came to Japan in 2004 after studying German and earning a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Iowa. He is certified by SSI International as a shōchū advisor and international kikisake-shi, or sake sommelier, and a Sake Professional by the Sake Education Council.

  • I have a healthy addiction to bathing in Japanese onsens. So far, I have soaked in around six hundred hot springs while traveling across Japan by train, plane, boat, snowshoe, bicycle, and foot. My current home is Niigata, but I've also lived in Nagoya, Nagasaki, Oita, and Matsumoto. I am getting close to my goal of visiting every prefecture of this fascinating country.