Time Living in Japan: More than 20 years
Employer(s): Women’s University
Current Job Title: Assistant Professor
Area(s) of Expertise: Sustainable Tourism, Tourism and Business, Community Development and Tourism, Planning, Inbound Tourism in Japan, English, Publications for the Inbound Market, Content Creation for travel in Japan
Education: BA, Psychology, Pitzer College, California, United States; MA and TEFL/TES, Linguistics, Birmingham, United Kingdom; MA, Sustainable Tourism, Arizona State University, United States
Publications Featured In: GetHiroshima.com, GetHiroshima Magazine, Yasuda University Journal, Tourism & Leisure Studies Research Network
Favorite Thing About Living in Japan: It’s a wonderful country to explore new places, view distinct local cultures and be inspired by interesting people and innovative ideas in tourism, business and community building.
Favorite Place to Visit in Japan: So many favorites, but recently fell in love with Kamikatsu town in Tokushima, Bizen town in Okayama and Hirado in Nagasaki.
BIO: JJ grew up in Hawaii and Virginia, then got a BA in Psychology at Pitzer College in California. Came to Japan in ’91 and spent three interesting years based in Oita. Spent 2 years backpacking around Asia and Europe taking in the varied cultures of Nepal, India, China, VietNam, Thailand, Indonesia, Spain and Morocco among other amazing places. Returned to Japan in ’96 to work in Hiroshima city. In ’99 co-founded a local website (online magazine) for expat residents called GetHiroshima.com. In 2005, co-founded a GetHiroshima city tourist map and in 2014 helped launch a seasonal GetHiroshima magazine for residents and visitors. In 2016, completed a Masters degree in Sustainable Tourism from ASU. My current research focus is on sustainable tourism, innovation in urban planning and the revitalization of rural communities. Long-time vegetarian and interested in healthy living and a low-impact lifestyle. Hobbies include enjoying outdoor sports and photography. Fan of Japanese rotenburo, local products, craft beer and have a weakness for Okinawan andagi donuts.
Recently Published Work
Interview & Podcast with a Bilingual Kid Whisperer, Adam Beck
Teranishi Kissaten Coffee Shop
Great Vegetarian Options Around Japan
Watch Out for Misleading Labels
Gifts of Hope from Tohoku