John Asano is a teacher, blogger and freelance travel writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has lived in Japan now for over 12 years. John loves nothing better than picking up his camera and exploring all the amazing sights and attractions that Japan has to offer. You can follow his adventures on his blog Japan Australia (http://japan-australia.blogspot.jp/), as well as discover the must see sights and attractions in Japan on his travel website, Japan Travel Advice (http://japantraveladvice.com/).
1. Please tell us a little about yourself, and your current life in Gifu, Japan.
I’m a teacher during the day and a freelance travel writer and photographer in my free-time. I live in Gifu City, which is an amazing part of Japan full of ancient history, unique traditional culture and spectacular mountain scenery. I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to call this stunning place home, and being able to write about it is an added bonus.
2. What did you do in Australia before you became an English teacher in Japan?
Just before I made my return to Japan, I completed my qualifications as a website developer and worked in the IT field.
3. How did you become a writer and photographer? When did this happen?
It is quite a long story actually, so I’ll try and keep it brief. I started my blog, Japan Australia back in 2009 as way to keep a connection with Japan after moving back home to Australia. I discovered at this time a passion for writing about Japan and being able to share my experiences and help fellow Aussies moving or travelling to Japan was extremely rewarding. I wanted to share my deep knowledge of Japan further, so I started my travel website, Japan Travel Advice to share some of the many must-see destinations in Japan. Working on my blog and travel website led to further opportunities to write for other websites and publications and this is where my freelance work started.
4. What do you like most about being a travel writer?
I have a passion for travel which started from a young age. My parents were travel agents who ran their own business and from there the travel bug bit me. Writing about the places I have visited and experienced allows me to share the natural beauty and traditional culture of Japan with many people around the world. It is my goal and passion to promote Japan and especially my home: Gifu city, Gifu Prefecture.