Writing

You can hire me to write: travelogues, personal essays, research pieces, magazine articles, things about food, doors, travel/business copy for your website, a description of your personality/brand, about you, etc.

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ESSAYS, EDITORIALS, AND MUSINGS

Travel to Kamikatsu for a green epiphany: ‘Zero waste is about knowing yourself’ (Japan Times)
The INOW program allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in Kamikatsu’s renowned zero-waste lifestyle.

Raise a glass to better days ahead with spiced winter sake (Japan Times)
Think of otoso as Japan’s version of mulled wine — sake-based and customizable with a variety of herbs or spices.

Top 5: The best soup curry restaurants in Tokyo (Japan Times)
With temperatures dropping, what’s more comforting than soup curry? The Japan Times shares five of the capital’s best bowls.

SpeakHer wants to end the all-male panel and bring women’s voices into a range of discussions (Japan Times)
SpeakHer provides a database of women professionals who are willing to speak on conference panels in the hopes of narrowing Japan’s gender gap.

Why local communities are important to the future of Japan’s ailing tourism industry (Japan Times)
Why do people visit destinations if not to experience local flavor, and who suffers the adverse consequences of tourism but those who live there?

From salaryman to sanga-slinger: Kohsuke Yamaoka knows the secret to a great sandwich (Japan Times)
Chipper’s Coffee & Sangas’ modus operandi is making customers smile. And no source of sandwich inspiration is off-limits.

‘The Cat and the City’ author Nick Bradley: When writing fiction, ‘there’s no such thing as wasted living’ (Japan Times)
Nick Bradley’s debut novel is a love letter to Tokyo brimming with details of everyday life that he absorbed during his years in Japan.

Welcome to Aomori, the cassis capital of Japan (Japan Times)
A look at Japan’s blackcurrant industry, featuring some glorious cassis gelato and juice.

What’s the future of international food tourism in post-coronavirus Japan? (Japan Times)
Investigating the possibilities of virtual tourism for the Japanese travel industry.

Going Home For Obon: How COVID-19 Has Changed Everyone’s Plans (Japan Forward)
On how the pandemic has upended the country’s plans to visit their ancestral graves.

What Do We Expect From Chefs? — Reflections on Sushi Dining in Tokyo
On expectations of service staff and learning to walk away. 

Living Without Mobile Data in Japan (Medium)
Not having a data plan since 2015. 

at world’s end (Boundless)
A travel essay about the Oshika Peninsula, partially devastated by the 2011 tsunami.

SELECT PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS

What is Kaiseki? (Lucky Peach)
Musings on Japanese fine dining published online at the now-defunct magazine.

25 Amazing Tokyo Sushi Restaurants (Boutique Japan)
A detailed overview of 25 high-end sushi restaurants in Tokyo. 

Okinawa Food: 10 Unique Foods You Don’t Want to Miss (Boutique Japan)
An overview of what you should try in Japan’s southernmost prefecture.

What To Do When It Rains in Japan (Boutique Japan)
Ideas for whiling the hours away during my favourite season.

1-Day Tokyo Vegetarian Eating Itinerary (Truly Tokyo)
A full day of vegetarian (!) eating in Tokyo. 

Tokyo Foodie Itinerary (Truly Tokyo)
A full day of eating in Tokyo, from tuna in Tsukiji to cocktails at the iconic New York Bar. 

1-Day Kyoto Vegetarian Foodie Itinerary (Inside Kyoto)
A full day of vegetarian eating in Kyoto, from egg sandwiches in a kissaten to yuba kaiseki. 

1-Day Kyoto Foodie Itinerary (Inside Kyoto)
A full day of eating in Kyoto, including a Japanese-style breakfast and the underrated local obanzai cuisine. 

1-Day Osaka Foodie Itinerary (Inside Osaka)
A full day of eating in Osaka, from great okonomiyaki and takoyaki to yakiniku and kissaten coffee. 

1-Day Osaka Vegetarian Foodie Itinerary (Inside Osaka)
A full day of eating in Osaka, including superlative egg sandwiches, vegetarian (!) okonomiyaki, and classic Osakan kushikatsu.

Setouchi Cominca Stays, Uchiko (DMO)
Travel copy about luxury rental properties in Uchiko, and the various charms of Ehime prefecture.

You Have to Eat These Dishes in Fukuoka (Boutique Japan)
Some of the best food in the south of Japan is in this charming port city.

Yamaguchi-san (Echoes: Writers in Kyoto Anthology 2017)
A vignette about encountering a 105-year old lady in Kyoto. Awarded runner-up in the Writers in Kyoto 2017 competition.

The Illicit Pleasure of Secret Indulgences (Roads and Kingdoms)
A vignette about eating oil-fried devils with my dad.

Playground of the Gods (WILD Magazine)
A travel narrative about hiking in Hokkaido.

Welcome to the Weird Hotel! (Oryx, Qatar Airways)
In which I contrast a traditional Japanese ryokan and a hotel staffed by robots.

Sweet Nostalgia: A Translation (Umamimart)
I translated a short essay by Sawako Agawa about nostalgic food and flavours.

Hyperart Thomasson: Vignettes (ZenVita)
Stories about Thomassons – strange architectural phenomena.

Doors of Kyoto: A Photography Project (ZenVita)
An introduction to my door photography in Kyoto.

Interview with Chef Minoru Yonekawa, Mamezen (Japan Two)
On soymilk ramen, bucking the trend, and Couchsurfing. Conducted in Japanese, translated into English.

4 Must-Eat Noodles in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Silverkris)
Some truly awesome slurps in the capital city.

Furochan Eats Tohoku (YouTube Video: Tohoku365)
Once I made a video for a competition. It made the finals and was a great learning process.

Sapporo’s Soup Curry is a Joy Forever (Until You Finish Eating It) (Umamimart)
Soup curry is still one of my favourite things to eat in Japan.

Store Street Espresso (Londonist)
I used to hang out here as a student.