New York Loves Japan is all about the exploration of one of the most fascinating countries in the world, Japan. As a young man born in and raised in the state of New York I was blessed to have always been surrounded by amazing culture, history, architecture and the hustle and bustle of the big city. Not only that but I had the depths of America at my doorstep so there was plenty to discover closer to home. However, when as a college student I finally began to think of where my journey would take me is wasn’t the US that drew me in, it was the endless, colorful and truly enlightening country of Japan that drew me to it.
After what was supposed to be a two month trip to Tokyo and its neighboring areas it just didn’t feel like I had scratched the surface of the country I was growing to love. I was so glad that I learned the language and researched the Japanese culture before my trip as I ended up staying for a further 2 years. I managed to secure a Visa and worked on temporary contracts as a cook in various establishments allowing me to fund my travels and also move around from one role to another fairly easily. Japan has endless possibilities but travelers can find it a difficult to become accustomed to and it isn’t always easy to settle in as you might think. This is a big part of why I decided to become the founder of NY Loves Japan. I believed that the challenges of visiting Japan shouldn’t put any traveler of discovering the joys it has to offer and that after just over 2 years of experience of touring the country I could actually help people out there discover Japan in their own ways.
I am Ashley Roberts, blessed with a wonderfully supportive family, a decent college education and a healthy savings balance, I embarked on my journey to Japan. Returning just over 2 years later I have been able to start this site in a bid to shed light on the exciting opportunities available to travelers, holiday makers and even those who prefer to stay closer to home but love the research and history behind the country. Be it Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa or Hokkaido I plan to give you some really useful info about the places and culture in the rich and vibrant country.
I’ll be dedicating everything I can to ensuring that you guys are able to explore Japan in the best way possible and provide you with as much invaluable knowledge as possible so that you can dive head first into the Japanese culture.
Thanks for visiting and I hope to hear from some of you in the future.