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I first went to Japan from 2006 to 2008 with the JET Program, teaching English to high schoolers. I fell in love with the profession and went back to the States to get an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) before moving to Tokyo in 2011. I taught English at a university there until 2016, focusing on international studies. In my free time, I wrote about travel in Japan for local publications and edited a chapter of the 2017 Rough Guides guidebook to Japan.

I joined Audley in August 2017, excited to combine my experience of living in Japan with sharing my passion for travel with others. Japan's great blend of culture, excitement and nature makes it my ideal destination.

Besides my time living in Japan, I've lived in Colombia and visited many other countries around the world. When I'm not thinking about travel, I enjoy running, scuba diving and drinking coffee.

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Cruising down the Sumida River aboard a yakatabune (a traditional Japanese boat) is a quintessential Tokyo experience. Along with a meal and drinks, you get impressive views of the city and an incredibly social experience. On my last night in Tokyo I took a cruise but was disappointed the boat's karaoke system wasn't in use. By the end of the night I persuaded the host to let me have a go and I sang the one Japanese song I knew. I got an enthusiastic reaction from the other passengers and it felt so good to feel part of a community where boundaries are often broken down through music

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Tamatha in Arashiyama, Japan Tamatha in Arashiyama, Japan
Tamatha in Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan Tamatha in Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan
Tamatha outside Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan Tamatha outside Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Tamatha on Miyajima Island, Japan Tamatha on Miyajima Island, Japan

Photos taken by Tamatha

Matsumoto castle and rainbow (Matsumoto) Matsumoto castle and rainbow (Matsumoto)
Miyajima deer and red bridge Miyajima deer and red bridge
Japanese girl petting rabbit (Rabbit Island, Japan) Japanese girl petting rabbit (Rabbit Island, Japan)
Rabbit relaxing on Okunoshima (Rabbit Island, Japan) Rabbit relaxing on Okunoshima (Rabbit Island, Japan)
Riverside dining-- kawadoko (Kyoto) Riverside dining-- kawadoko (Kyoto)
Woman at parade in costume (Kyoto) Woman at parade in costume (Kyoto)
Sakura in Japan (Tokyo) Sakura in Japan (Tokyo)
Geisha house fans (Kanazawa) Geisha house fans (Kanazawa)
Octopus snack at festival (Tokyo) Octopus snack at festival (Tokyo)
Monkey temple Gion (Kyoto) Monkey temple Gion (Kyoto)
Octopus snack at Nishiki Market (Kyoto) Octopus snack at Nishiki Market (Kyoto)
Rice farmer on bike tour (Takayama) Rice farmer on bike tour (Takayama)