All About Japan

All About Japan Authors

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Gavin Blair has been writing about Japan for publications in Asia, Europe and the US since the turn of the millennium, and is the author of Zen in Japanese Culture: A Visual Journey through Art, Design, and Life.

  • 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.

  • Miyuki Seguchi returned to her home region of central Japan after spending some time in the UK and Tokyo and travelling around many parts of the world. She loves learning about the best of Japan from locals directly and discovering Japan’s regional characteristics. She helps inbound travellers create their unique travel experience in Japan through her travel program and guided tours. A bilingual licensed guide. The host of the Japan Experts Podcast.

  • Hello! I'm Neal, from Jacksonville, Florida. I've been living in Japan for almost seven years now, first in Gunma Prefecture and now in Kanagawa. I run an international school in Kawasaki and when I'm not chasing kids around, I'm writing and shooting film.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth is a writer and stay-at-home mother wrapping up her PhD dissertation in Japanese and Canadian History from her home in Kyushu. If she’s not in a bookstore scouring the shelves for new finds, flipping through a recent fashion magazine, or ordering a royal milk tea to go, she is probably in a nearby park teaching her daughter the names of flowers in English and Japanese.

  • 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.

  • I studied Japanese in Australia, spent a year in Japan in 1990, and moved here in 2007. I'm a J to E translator, with a background in travel, a qualified tea ceremony instructor, and DJ, with a fixation for kanji. I also run gay/mixed Bar Chueca Kobe on Sundays, offering Spanish vermouth and disco music! You can always find me at

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Selena Hoy is a Tokyo-based writer who specializes in travel, culture, food, art, business, and beyond. Her work has appeared in BBC Travel, Roads and Kingdoms, CNN Travel, Jetstar Magazine, and others.

  • 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.

  • 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.