British writer and author based in Japan.
I grew up in the remote and green hills of North Wales, a quiet and idyllic setting, and still the place I think of as ‘home’. The rugged peaks of Snowdonia were the place where I first developed an interest in mountains, nature and the outdoors, a passion that has only continued to grow.
After graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in Medieval Studies, I eventually ended up in the sprawling metropolis of Osaka, a bustling port city in the Kansai region, and even after well over a decade in Japan, I’m still regularly baffled, charmed and excited by this unique country.
I have written for The Guardian, The Japan Times, Forbes Travel Guide, Japan Today, Taiken Japan, Bunkacho (the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan) and Kansai Scene Magazine among others. In between writing, travelling and teaching, I like to climb mountains and dabble in photography, and I am a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
I am the main author of Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji published by Cicerone Press, and I have written a popular guidebook called Must-See Japan.