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Afiq has read through maps of Japan so many times he can probably draw all 47 prefectures by heart. Probably.
Julia loves animals, gardening, tea and of course, exploring Japan. She hopes to one day achieve her dream of travelling from Kyushu, all the way up to Hokkaido!
Nazrul has been travelling to Japan for more than 10 years. He also loves to lift very heavy stuff.
Sue's 5Cs are cats, cameras, cinema, climbing, and city pop. Ask her about how the JR TOKYO Wide Pass saved her life (and wallet).
Travelling is when Zulifa finds her zen. Having visited East Asia a total of 12 times, including Japan, her perfect travel recipe consists of cafe hopping, stationery hunts, and historical visits.
Akita Inu Tourism
Akita Inu Tourism is a destination management organization (DMO) that represents Odate City, Kitaakita City, Kosaka Town, and Kamikoani Village in Akita Prefecture. Founded in 2016, Akita Inu Tourism received official recognition from the national government as a Japanese DMO in 2017. Drawing on the popularity of the Akita dogs that call the region home, Akita Inu Tourism’s mission is to introduce the local cuisine, culture, and activities to international visitors.
Ananda is a Singaporean currently living in Hitachi, Ibaraki. Hardly a stranger to the land of the rising sun, he has travelled extensively around the entire country since 2012 and lived in Okinawa for two years. He especially loves exploring the Japanese countryside and has done so in a myriad of ways: by rail, scooter, and by hitchhiking.
Having visited all 47 prefectures of Japan, Carissa's next goal in life is to ride all of Japan's sightseeing trains and climb all its 100 Famous Mountains. Sounds like a dream? Check back in 50 years.
Celia loves thrift shopping and anything weird. Ask her about any one of her passions and she probably won’t be able to stop talking.
As a Japanese Studies graduate, Endure Goh mainly visits Japan for research and work purposes. When he does travel, you will find him in local museums and factories or hunting for the many cute yurukyara that Japan has to offer.
Tokyo-based freelancer working across a variety of creative fields and industries. Outside of work, Erik enjoys exploring Tokyo's rich culinary scene and thriving arts communities.
Eugene Lee teaches at several universities and, while quite serious at his day job, he is secretly happy to follow the consume-until-you-drop philosophy of Osaka. Objects of his affection include delicious food, fine beverages and interesting banter.
Based in Fukuoka, Hui Lin has chronically restless hands and can always be found doing something to occupy herself, be it baking, building fish tanks, yelling about Golden Kamuy, or—more relevantly—finding fun little places and exhibitions to enjoy in her free time.
Hui Min is an 8th-time Japan repeater coming close to covering all 47 prefectures. Despite not being able to drive, she will ride trains, cycle, and walk to discover the most remote backwaters. Currently based in one such area: Komatsu City, Ishikawa.
Based in Kyoto, where there's always something new to discover. I love collecting shrine/temple seals and sampling new menus.
Japan Airlines’ Cabin Attendants
We are a group of Singapore-based cabin attendants with Japan Airlines, and we would like to share our love for the Japanese culture and traveling to as many people as possible! We hope to see you onboard soon, omachishiteorimasu.
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Jeremy is a first year Masters student at the University of Tokyo. He loves travelling across Japan to find new unexpected discoveries, and he loves the food he finds there even more. Hiking in picturesque locations, eating delicious local delicacies, and taking in the traditional sights of Japan are his particular favourites.
Ex-CIR in Kagoshima Prefecture. His friends call him "Chahan". Maybe just one friend.
A former Travel Communicator at JAPAN RAIL CAFE, and with 19 prefectures under his name, John’s conquest of Japan is far from over. Outside of exploring Japan, he takes joy in sharing his personal experiences.