All About Japan

All About Japan Authors

  • Gregory Starr is a writer, editor, and translator who lives on the Miura coast

  • Northern Ireland-born, Tokyo-based Kathryn writes for a range of print and online publications in the Asia Pacific, UK and US, covering travel and tourism, business and innovation, science and the environment, and culture and lifestyle.

  • 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.

  • Hailing from the UK, Phoebe is a Tokyo-based multimedia journalist, covering everything from business and innovation to travel and food. She can often be found eating, cycling and exploring, sometimes all at the same time.

  • I'm a writer — mostly print and online media, but also for TV documentaries and even some news — originally from the UK but based longtime in Kamakura.
    My restaurant column, Tokyo Food File, has run in The Japan Times since 1998.

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • John Rucynski is an English teacher, writer, and editor who has been living in Japan for over 20 years. He is currently based in the Kansai region and has vowed to stay until his beloved Hanshin Tigers finally win the Japan Series again. When he isn't working, he loves exploring Japan on foot and by bicycle. His latest project was editing A Passion for Japan, a collection of personal narratives by long-term residents of Japan.

  • 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.

  • Azby Brown is a native of New Orleans, and has lived in Japan since 1985. He is a leading authority on Japanese architecture, design, and environmentalism, and the author of several influential books including The Very Small Home (2005), Just Enough: Lessons in living green from traditional Japan (2010), and The Genius of Japanese Carpentry (2014). Since the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster in March 2011, Azby has been lead researcher for Safecast.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • Bill Ross is an American writer and outdoor guide coming up on 40 years in Japan, 27 with the bears at the base of Mt. Myoko (and they do come in my yard).

  • Originally from Oahu, Hawai & long-time living and working in Hiroshima Japan. Co-founded GetHiroshima & founded InboundAmbassador. Host of the live talkshow-podcast series "Seek Sustainable Japan" - talks with "good people doing great things in Japan".
    I'm passionate about sustainable travel a a great way to promote international understanding while building stronger communities & economies, preserve culture, crafts & lesser-known travel gems.

  • 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.