All About Japan

All About Japan Authors

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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