All About Japan

All About Japan Authors

  • Vicki L Beyer is an Australian-American freelance travel writer who has visited every prefecture in Japan but continues to explore the country. Follow her blog at

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Originally from London, Julian Ryall has lived in Japan since 1992 and writes for media outlets around the world. He covers politics, international relations, economics, travel and social issues.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I'm a writer now, but have been a jack of all trades when it comes to publishing, including designer, editor, and creative director. I was at The Japan Times newspaper for 10 years, which I rebranded and redesigned in 2017. Since leaving the JT, I've been studying wine and I am currently doing the WSET Diploma. The main focus of my writing these days is the wine of Japan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.