I am from Devon in the south west of England, a county of cream teas and green hills.  Now I live in Tokyo, the tea has turned green and the hills have gone grey.

I have lived in Japan on and off since 2002, working as a teacher, tour leader and in customer service in Tokyo.  Right now I am starting a long trip around Tohoku looking and hoping for inspiration as to what to do next.

Tokidoki means sometimes in Japanese.



8 Responses to About

  1. Citizenside says:

    Hello there,
    I’m a researcher for Citizenside (www.citizenside.com/en). We’re the world’s biggest eyewitness news community.
    We’re doing a feature right now for the 100 days since the March 11 quake. We’re looking for people who would be interested in doing a brief phone or Skype interview about what it’s like and the state of mind of people in damaged areas. Do people want to go back? How have communities reacted? Are people pulling together or do people live on their own despite what happened?… We’ve been hearing some good stories as well as sad ones after the quake and we’d like to make sure to get those across to our readers.

    I see that you don’t live in the region but maybe you know people (friends, colleagues…) who live or lived there and who could talk to us?

    Best regards,

    Laura / Citizenside

  2. Dan says:

    I enjoyed your blog about Koiwa, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo. This is my wife’s hometown and where we stay when visiting Japan every year. It is my “home away from home” so to speak. The rest of our life is in Elizabethton, Tennessee; a small town in upper East Tennessee, USA. Koiwa is a very friendly part of Tokyo and I’ve always felt welcome there. I get homesick for Japan often and count the days until we get to return. Of course leaving is always sad. Living there one day is a dream of mine. Thanks for sharing, it was nice to see someone appreciate an area of Tokyo away from the neon and mega crowds you always see on TV, etc. Sincerely Dan in Tennessee

    • tomointokyo says:

      Thanks Dan, Koiwa must be very different to Tennessee. I had a fantastic afternoon in Koiwa, despite the rain. I especially remember the warmth of service I received at a family-run sushi restaurant by the station. I know I will miss Japan when I leave.
      I hope you do manage to get back soon. The queue for the going up the Skytree might be below two hours by then.
      Sorry it has taken me so long to write anything back. Thanks again for your generous comment, Tom.

  3. Dear Tom,

    As someone who has visited Kyoto, I wonder if you would be interested in receiving a free review issue of the Deep Kyoto: Walks e-book for your blog? Deep Kyoto: Walks is an anthology of 18 meditative walks about Japan’s ancient capital by renowned Kyoto experts like Pico Iyer and Judith Clancy. More than a guide book, it is a rich and varied account of life lived in Kyoto by those who call it home. You can find out more about it here: http://www.deepkyoto.com/about-the-book/

    If you are interested and would like a free issue of the e-book, then send me your email address and I will get one to you right away. You can email me at m.0.luain23[at]gmail.com.

    Best wishes,

    Michael Lambe

    (P.S. The e-book can be read on your smart phone, personal computer or on pretty much any kind of device)

  4. Joe Pinzone says:

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international
    travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Japan and wanted
    to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last
    15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home.
    The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in
    fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary
    compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please
    give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me
    at joepinzone@leopardusa.com.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone

    Casting Producer

    P: 212-231-7716

    Skype: Joefromnyc

  5. tomointokyo says:

    Hi Joe,

    Thank you for the message. I am actually based in the UK now and am therefore unable to help you. Good luck finding someone,


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