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Having toured Asia extensively in my early 20s, I moved to Japan in 2011 to work for the government's cultural exchange programme, JET. Placed in one of the smallest villages in the country, I fully immersed myself in local life, from thatching to farming, as well as picking up the language (with a dubious rural twang).

After two years in the most enthralling countryside in the world, I moved to Nagoya, a bustling city in the centre of Honshu, the main island.

From there, I explored new corners of Japan, as well as opening up my home to visiting tourists and guiding them around the country's best destinations. Discovering that my passion lay in introducing this unique culture to others, I returned to London and joined Audley as a Japan specialist.

When not creating memorable adventures for my clients, I can be found watching Fulham through my fingers or caked in mud on a mountain bike.

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I'll never forget when…

The Awa Odori festival, the largest festival in the country, sees well over a million people descending on the Japanese city of Tokushima. On my first visit I was thrust into a yukata (summer kimono) and taught to dance in a few minutes, one week into my time in Japan. Over the four day Obon holiday, we danced in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators over multiple locations, in a city teeming with holiday spirit. I went on to dance for four consecutive years, in three different groups, and had the privilege of leading two of them out in my final two years in Japan.

Photos of Henry

Henry with a wild deer in Miyajima, Hiroshima Henry with a wild deer in Miyajima, Hiroshima
Henry hiking the Nakasendo Trail, Tsumago Henry hiking the Nakasendo Trail, Tsumago
Henry on a street food tour in Osaka Henry on a street food tour in Osaka
Henry during the Kyoto Women's Association Tea Ceremony Henry during the Kyoto Women's Association Tea Ceremony

Photos taken by Henry

Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Tokushima Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Tokushima
Awa Odori Dancers, Tokushima Awa Odori Dancers, Tokushima
Tanada Rice Terraces, Kamikatsu, Tokushima Tanada Rice Terraces, Kamikatsu, Tokushima
Gassho Roof, Shirakawago Gassho Roof, Shirakawago
Romon Gate, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto Romon Gate, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto
Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Tokushima Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Tokushima
Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Tokushima Iya Valley Vine Bridges, Tokushima
Changing Leaves, Beppu Changing Leaves, Beppu
Awa Odori Drummer, Tokushima Awa Odori Drummer, Tokushima
Awa Odori Dancers, Tokushima Awa Odori Dancers, Tokushima
Awa Odori Dancers, Tokushima Awa Odori Dancers, Tokushima
Incense, Shikoku Pilgrimage Temple Incense, Shikoku Pilgrimage Temple