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.
Karin has her grandparents to thank for an early interest in Japan. Her Grandpa served as an army neurosurgeon during the Vietnam War uprooting her mother's side of the family to Yokohama, and her paternal grandparents took no less than 14 trips to Japan.
Growing up in Santa Rosa, California her life was shaped by the tales, books and souvenirs they returned with, and as she got older, she became more interested in Japanese cuisine, history, and language, and manga and anime.
Curiosity eventually got the better of Karin, leading her to spend two happy years in Kahoku, Ishikawa Prefecture to teach. After moving back to the US to embark on a Masters in Japanese Studies, she finally followed in her family's footsteps by spending a year in Yokohama to attend language school.
Returning home, Karin worked as a preschool teacher in a in the Detroit Metro Area and a Japanese instructor at a summer language school, but describes her job at InsideJapan as "the culmination of a lifelong passion".
While Karin finds Japanese food delicious (particularly udon noodles) a large part of her heart was always reserved for something particularly un-Japanese: bulk-sized peanut butter and bagels. Since the big move back, she misses her classmates and colleagues in Japan, but has made lots of new friends, including a flock of chickens, three donkeys, two horses, two cats, and a pack of dogs.
There's nothing like moving to a ranch with a peanut butter bagel to settle back in.