Born in America but raised in Canada, I have made another home for myself in Japan since 1998. Currently I teach, write, and take photographs from my base in west-end Tokyo. I have written and updated travel guides to Tokyo and Hiroshima for travelsim, Northstar Travel Intelligence, and WCities. My blogs, essays, and stories, mostly on travel and the expat life, have featured in Lonely Planet, Salon, World Hum, Transitions Abroad, Kyoto Journal, The Blue Moon Review, The New Idealist, among others, and several essay and story anthologies. Follow my adventures in Japan and the rest of the world here at