Brett Plotz

Brett Plotz

Special subjects: Video games, Japanese festivals, kyudo archery

A former journalist, women's hockey goalie, terrible barista, television extra and children's party superhero - Brett had quite an eclectic professional history before joining InsideJapan! Originally from very rural Iowa in the American Midwest, Brett first became interested in Japan as a child, when his uncle used to send him souvenirs and crazy sweets from his business trips.

After spending three years teaching English in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Brett moved back to the USA for several years before finally settling in Yokohama, where he now works as a tour leader for InsideJapan.

When he's not leading tours he loves frequenting all the game bars and arcades, exploring obscure bars and restaurants, going to all the crazy festivals, eating tonkotsu ramen and generally just waiting to see what interesting things each day will bring. He's also a dab hand at kyudo (Japanese archery) - so don't get on his wrong side!

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