About Me

I first came to Japan in 2004, flying in from my humble inaka town in Oregon, USA. Since then, I have had the opportunity to live in Tokyo, Toyama, Osaka, and (presently) Fukuoka. I studied Japanese, Asian studies and history at the University of Oregon and at Waseda University (in Tokyo) before deciding to live in Japan for good. My interests include history, languages, travel, music, writing, disc golf–the list goes on. I previously wrote a blog while living in Osaka called Osaka Insider, and I have experience working in the travel and translation industries.

Even though I am new to Fukuoka, I hope this blog will be a source of information on sightseeing for those living in, and those thinking of visiting, Fukuoka or any other part of Kyushu. As was the case with Osaka, there is an acute lack of good tourism information on Fukuoka in English: most material either leaves out many good destinations and sights, or simply provides a direct translation of tourism pamphlets geared toward Japanese travelers. I will post articles on historical and cultural topics, recommend my favorite restaurants and bars, write on topics related to living as an expat in Japan, and try to provide you with an inside perspective you won’t find anywhere else.

I am available as a freelance translator and editor. Please visit my professional site (日本語) for more information.

Feel free to contact me if you want a link exchange, have questions regarding the website, or are looking for a new friend in Fukuoka!

Happy reading!

5 Responses to About Me

  1. elmer says:

    I have always been dreaming of a Japan tour. Anywhere in Japan. And I always envy people who have been there. Hope the Japanese government will push through with their all expenses paid tour invitation! 🙂

  2. dragonlife says:

    Dear Friend!
    Greetings!
    Finally discovered a food and drink blogger in Kyushu!
    Linked to your page at: http://shizuokagourmet.com/2012/04/10/food-drink-bloggers-in-japan-spring-2012/
    Looking forward to visiting you again![
    Do you know of other like-minded bloggers in Kyushu?
    best reagrds,
    Robert-Gilles
    http://shizuokagourmet.com/

  3. Snapfairy says:

    I lived in Okinawa for a little over a year and I miss it. Japan is beautiful and so much fun to visit! It is nice to see these posts because they remind me of my time there. Enjoy it and keep the posts coming. If you find any yakisoba recipes – please share it!

  4. Jenny Trozell says:

    Thanks for a very engaging and unique blog, I have nominated you for the ” Liebster Blog award” 🙂 You can read more about it here: http://ynnej1976.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/the-recognition-of-other-bloggers-passing-it-on/

  5. Desert heels says:

    I’m on my way to Fukuoka in about two weeks. This blog is an answered prayer! Thank you!

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