Update: Welcome to my site. I live in Fukuoka city which is located on the island of Kyushu. I studied history and archaeology at university and I own RUST – Hair Salon and English Cafe in Gintencho, Hakata, Fukuoka City.  This site focuses on Japanese history, archaeology, religion and culture.

I have been living in Japan now for a total of about 9 years.  I lived in Hokkaido for 6 years, Hiroshima for 5 months, Kumamoto for 6 months and now here in Fukuoka.  During this time I immersed myself in study, teaching and living the Japanese life. My wife is Japanese and all of my children were born in Japan. I lived in the Hokkaido countryside so interaction with other foreigners was rare so I had to learn Japanese and the local way of life.

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I have travelled to about 17 prefectures in Japan but I think I know Hokkaido and Kyushu the most. I love Japanese castles and have visited about 25 so far. After coming to Kyushu I have become interested in early Japan. For example, the Yayoi through to the Heian periods. Kyushu was the gateway to Japan for centuries due to its close location to mainland Asia therefore we have so many exciting things here to see and explore.

Please contact me if you have any questions about Japan, Japanese history or culture. I can also help with any travel or educational questions.

If you are ever in Fukuoka, please come in to the cafe and say hello!

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  1. May I ask what you’re background in the academic world is. I am a history student and really like some of your articles. The only problem is that I have to know if your information is academical or not……. (professor’s rules).


    1. Hello, thankyou for your message. I think you would like to know if you can use the information as source material? Is this correct? Many of the articles I have posted have come from university essays I wrote a while ago. These essays do reference source material but I simplify them for the website. Many of the source materials can be found on the ‘Book and Journal’ page. Please have a look at this page too. This is a list of all the resource materials I have used. Other information I use is from information sheets I get from the places I visit. Some are in English, other I have to translate from Japanese. Also, not all the articles on my site are written by me, I have friends who allow me to use their material as well. As for me, yes I have a B.A majoring in history and I’m a qualified English teacher. Cheers. If you need any help please let me know.


  2. Hi,
    I have recently been researching this topic and am interested in your amazing website. I would like to reference your name for the task. May I ask what your name is?

    Thanks 😊


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