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.
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.