Founder / Creator
/ short bio /
Half Japanese / Australian creative entrepreneur.
Skilled in design, illustration, art + photography.
Speaks English, Japanese, French, + a little Portuguese. Fluent in gibberish when drunk.
Based in Sydney + sometimes my hometown of Tokyo.
/ my story /
Growing up in Tokyo, my international school upbringing exposed me to multiple cultures early on and armed me with an instinctive aptitude in linguistics. The move to Sydney in my teenage years grounded me with a strong appreciation and respect for the natural environment. My creative spirit led me to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (hons) with a major in Photo-media, and for a while there I photographed and saw the world through a (rose-coloured) SLR lens. I then fell into hospitality working in international resorts and was soon headhunted for exotic locations. Fuelled by my innate curiosity of foreign lands and people, not long after my degree, serious travel beckoned. Along the way, I studied a diploma in graphic arts & advertising and became a graphic designer/ illustrator.
/ wanderlove story /
A very lucky, unplanned last minute detour via South America led me to narrowly miss the harrowing tragedy and aftermath of the 2011 Great Touhoku earthquake. Helpless and useless to my country from afar, I was forced to re-evaluate my life plans. What I discovered is I truly craved for a more meaningful existence. With this gradual awakening, I finally combined my two passions of creativity + travel and The Wanderlove Collective was formed in 2014.
As a hopeless dreamer with luck on my side, I've been blessed with so many serendipitous experiences. I truly believe this world needs more art and less war – now more than ever. If we all give a little back with peaceful intentions and positive vibes, then I believe it has the potential to grow into something much bigger than we could every imagine. So let's wander the earth and share the love together.
Safe travels + see you somewhere out there,