Jaya Thursfield

Nationality: Australian
Time Living in Japan: More than 2 years
Employer(s): Self-employed
Current Job Title: Content creator
Area(s) of Expertise: Akiya (abandoned & vacant houses), video production
Education: MSc Development Management, London School of Economics & Political Science / Bachelor of Arts/Commerce, Monash University
Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, Indonesian
Favorite Thing About Living in Japan: I like the easy accessibility by car or public transport to most of Japan. Love a good road trip!
Favorite Place to Visit in Japan: Urabandai in the mountains of Fukushima. I had a great time camping and fishing with my twin boys there during summer.

BIO: Jaya was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, to Indonesian and English parents, and, after living and working in various countries including South Korea, Bougainville, Ecuador, and the UK, he now calls Ibaraki home. There, he and his wife bought an abandoned house, documenting the process of purchasing and renovating it on his YouTube channel, Tokyo Llama. In the UK he founded and ran a company and online store that imported artisanal products from developing countries, and has a strong interest in crafts, particularly woodworking and pottery.