Vancouver, Canada

“Japan for me is the enigma that never wants to be solved, and never stops revitalizing itself. Just when you think you have seen it all, Japan will show you something new. Tokyo though, despite having seen the cities of the world, Tokyo still holds that number one spot for me; the mecca of unparalleled arts and culture, neon and the pulse of both the cyber and the mortal. In Tokyo you can live forever.

I came to call Japan home after first moving in the 90’s, leading into both a millennium and a new pace of life that I’d never look back from. I started off my decade plus in Japan in beautiful Chiba as a lone teenager looking for something new. Life was like a page from a Gibson novel and before I knew it high-school was over and I was off to beautiful Kyushu for university and the surrounding areas for adventure, before moving back to lovely faithful Kanto. I’m sort of a self-proclaimed Tokyo local at this point, having walked every corner of this beautiful megalopolis for over a decade, often finding nooks and crannies even people born here don’t know.

Recently I find myself bouncing between the East and West working for Hollywood film studios, and also producing a series on the side. No matter where I end up though, home is where your heart is, and without a doubt nowhere has opened its collective heart to me like Japan has, so that’s definitely where my heart remains. Every time I go home, thanks to the pace of development, there’s always something new to fall in love with and somewhere new to lose myself in. 東京、愛してるよ。”

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