Have you ever traveled somewhere and just completely fallen in love with it? You didn't just love being there - exploring, enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes, but you wanted to share that experience with your inner circle. So you returned, but this time you brought friends or family and you all lived and breathed new experiences. You're also "the source" when people need information about what to do and where to go when they travel to your favorite spots. You are an accidental ambassador and we'd love to hear and share your stories and insight.
Besides being born in Japan (Suginami-ku to be exact), as far back as I can remember, there were Japanese influences in my life. I remember eating homemade sushi before attending first grade. I remember watching poorly dubbed Godzilla movies and dubbed/subbed anime on VHS. As I grew up, I continued to be interested in Japanese things like toys (robots!), ninja, and anime, but also books and ideals. Words like honor, bushido, and books like Miyamoto Musashi's "The Book of Five Rings" resonated with me.