Hi everyone! I am originally from Melbourne, Australia but now living in (and loving) Nagano Prefecture. When I first came to Japan and ventured outside of the big cities I was struck by the beauty of the landscape – the mountains, forests, rivers, and farmlands. This is a place with four distinct seasons, each typified by different colors, aromas, sounds, and cultural activities. All of which make Nagano so memorable and worth visiting anytime during the year.
I have a Master of Cultural Heritage with a particular interest in rural cultural landscapes and all forms of traditional cultural expression. You might be surprised to learn that for most Japanese, the national heartland is not Tokyo or Kyoto but traditional rural areas such as this – often referred to as satoyama. It is place where you can step back into tradition and discover the values and practices that define this amazing country.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing the wonderful experiences that Nagano has to offer.