Rebecca first visited Japan aged 16 as part of a school trip, and was immediately drawn to the unique clash of the very traditional and the ultra-futuristic. This trip inspired her to study Japanese language, culture and film at the University of Leeds, including a year living in Tokyo as an exchange student. During this year, she fell in love with the people, the vibrant city life, and developed a taste for sashimi and sake.
After graduation, Rebecca spent a year living in Osaka as an English teacher. She quickly found Japan's second biggest city to be a mecca for foodies, and particularly loves okonomiyaki and takoyaki. As well as struggling to learn the local dialect, Rebecca enjoyed finding great independent cafes, bars and watching local bands practice by Osaka castle.
After reluctantly returning home, Rebecca decided to turn a life-long passion for Japan into a career, by joining Audley Travel. When she isn't travelling, Rebecca is an avid movie goer, pub quiz enthusiast, and a lover of live music.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable experience in Japan was during my first trip there with Audley. I was lucky enough to go on a Geisha walk in Kyoto with our top Geisha guide, Duncan. Walking the back streets of downtown Gion, we watched Geisha and trainee Maiko emerge from the machiya houses. The sound of their wooden geta on the cobbled streets brought me back in time, and their elaborate silk kimonos and graceful mannerisms were simply enchanting to see.