In 2012 I arrived in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka on a life-changing first trip to Japan. I explored the country by bullet train and became passionate about the culture, people and food. I’d previously been to over 25 different countries but the kindness of the Japanese people, the contrast between the old and new, and the singularity of the culture made it extremely special.
After working in neighbouring South Korea, I moved to Tokyo and spent three and a half years working in education and sales, spending my free time exploring Tokyo and learning Japanese. I also made my way around Japan pursuing my passion for running marathons and seeing the sights along the way.
After returning to the UK, joining Audley as a Japan specialist seemed a natural fit and gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise while helping others to experience Japanese culture.
I'll never forget when…
Taking my first cooking lesson in Kyoto was a bit of an eye opener for me. I’d never had much confidence in my cooking skills, let alone Japanese cooking, so I wasn’t expecting too much, but the local teachers were very supportive and by the end of the day I was eating sushi, teriyaki chicken, tempura and miso soup that I had cooked myself. It was so rewarding and I left with a sense that I had gained a skill for life.