About me

Born in Tokyo and raised bilingual/bicultural on both sides of the Pacific, I love to travel and meet people from different cultures. I made my career teaching Japanese and English as a second language for many years. Then I discovered the joy of cycling and exploring new places at the speed of a bicycle. I became a bicycle travel consultant and founded Japan Cycle Tours, LLC. Now I lead personalized tours to Japan on 2 wheels.

I love introducing people to Japan and providing tips on getting around successfully–whether as a tourist, student, or entrepreneur, short or long-term. I wrote “Living Abroad in Japan” as a guide from an insider’s perspective.

When not traveling, I enjoy hiking the coast or mountains in Oregon, puttering in my native plant garden, feeding the birds, crocheting, conversing in French or Japanese, and learning Spanish.