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Carter at Fushimi Inari

Carter, Japan Specialist

Although from Boston, I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of my life exploring elsewhere too. As a child I spent three years living in London and while there, my family took me on trips all over Europe and to Africa. I was eight when I took my first trip to Japan with my family and even at that young age, I had gained an appreciation of different cultures.

Fast forward 10 years and I moved to Sydney, Australia, for university, and from there, took my first solo trip to Japan. I saw the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, but also ventured into Japan’s diverse landscapes. I’ve now been to Japan six times and have explored off the beaten path well into the Japanese Alps. Working with Audley gives me an ideal opportunity to share my love of travel and I look forward to helping build tailor-made trips for anyone aspiring to visit Japan.

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Q&A with Carter

Okonomiyaki is a type of Japanese savory pancake

What’s the best local dish you’ve tasted?

Okonomiyaki translates as ‘whatever you like, cooked’ and these Japanese pancakes are a staple street food. The dish can vary widely from place to place or upon your choice of ingredients, but generally includes grilled beef, pork or seafood mixed with vegetables. I tend to go with pork mixed with soba noodles, cheese, egg and green onion all grilled together into a pancake shape. The best part of the whole dish though, might be the Japanese mayo and the okonomiyaki sauce that you put on top. Don’t miss the chance to try it.

Carter outside the temple of Sensō-ji

What's the one thing you always pack?

My pocket-size phrasebook. The back half of the book translates food items, so it makes going to a restaurant really simple. Plus, if you put in the effort to try a sentence or two in Japanese, people really appreciate it. A phrasebook is also a big help in remote areas where English isn’t widely spoken.

Private onsen bath in Kinosaki Onsen

What’s your most vivid travel moment?

I was in Kinosaki Onsen, a Japanese town known for its hot springs, and joined the nightly procession of visitors that wanders along the canal to the public baths. It was about 8.30 pm and everyone had emerged from their accommodation. The clip-clop of wooden geta sandals filled the air, and everyone wore yukata, a cotton robe. It was quite magical. The canal is flanked by two narrow, lantern-lit streets lined with cafés, restaurants and arcades, all now full of people either on their way to the public baths or having just enjoyed the onsen. It felt like the whole town had burst into life.