Our team at Inside Japan Tours
The sun never sets on the InsideJapan Tours team (well, maybe on Sundays) as we have offices in Bristol (UK), Boulder, (USA), Brisbane (Australia) and Nagoya (Japan). On this page you can meet the people behind our Japan tours and holidays.
We have a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but you can be sure that the one thing that ties us all together is a love of Japan, Japanese culture and a passionate desire to share that with other people.
From the accounts department, through the travel consultant teams to the tour leaders and guides on the ground, you can rest assured that everything we do is to make sure you have the best possible experience of Japan.
Just when we thought that InsideJapan Tours had a pretty good spread of language and nationalities, along comes Julia.
Julia is our very first Finnish member of the team! She grew up in Bedfordshire and brings her Finnish and Japanese language skills (and English, if you're asking) to the Bristol office.
She came to love Japan from afar after becoming near-obsessed with Japanese films and music in her early teens. What better way to immerse herself in all things Japanese then than moving in with a Japanese host family, working as a tour guide in Osaka and studying at Kobe University as soon as she got the chance. Talk about throwing yourself in at the deep end!
Now back in the UK, she's a keen kitchen-dweller, and very much of the "trial and error" school of cookery. Having spent so much time in foodie-haven Osaka, with its delicious okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake) and Kobe, home of that much-coveted beef, her standards might be set a little high.
While she misses her adopted Japanese home dearly, she can't help but be glad to be reunited with her cats. All 10 of them. Apparently she's a certified "crazy cat lady" - her words, not ours...
What is your favourite memory from Japan?
"In Kobe I lived with a host family who allowed me to see Japan from a completely unique and immersive perspective. My most favourite memory is when my host mother and her good friend dressed me in a furisode kimono, did my hair and make-up and took me to attend the coming of age ceremony; a celebration for 20 year olds held at the beginning of every year. It was a one of a kind experience and I will never forget it."