After graduating from Lancaster University with a degree in economics I was unsure about my next move, so I spent two weeks volunteering in Africa with black rhino and elephant. This experience encouraged me to do something else that was bold and exciting. Having previously visited Japan on holiday, I was eager to return and decided to move to Tokyo and become an English teacher.
I spent two years in Tokyo, climbed Mount Fuji twice, visited Hirsohima for the 70th anniversary of the bombing, learned to snowboard, and spent three magical cherry blossom seasons in Tokyo. I used my spare time to travel extensively and grew to love the food as much as the landscapes and sights I encountered.
Now back in the UK, I maintain my love of all things Japanese by scouring London for authentic Japanese restaurants and working for Audley as a Japan specialist.
I'll never forget when…
On my first trip to Japan I climbed Mount Fuji as a day trip from Tokyo, but I always wanted to climb it as the Japanese do and arrive at the summit for sunrise. In my second year I decided to do just that and I wasn’t disappointed. I climbed some of the way the night before and stayed overnight in a mountain hut near the summit. Stepping out of the hut at 3am was a moment I will never forget. The mountain was free from clouds and the views were simply breathtaking.