Born in a mixed European Japanese household, I grew up in Dusseldorf, the ‘Japanese capital on the Rhine.’ I escaped this microcosm of Japanese society, completing a BSc in Mathematics with Modern Languages at UCL. I’ve spent the past ten years in Tokyo and London, first working as a financial news reporter for Dow Jones Newswires before crossing over into financial markets, also completing an MSc in Finance with a concentration in Economic Policy at CeFiMS. I’m currently trying to figure out life as a full-time MBA student at Cass Business School.
Playing the piano (ABRSM Grade 8 and studying towards DipARBSM), violin and saxophone, my unfulfilled ambitions as musician are reflected in my first draft of “The Sister Behind the Wall,” a historical crime fiction novel completed as part of my MA Creative Writing (Crime Thriller Novels) at City University.
Occasionally running very slowly, I’ve completed six marathons since 2012, including the Tokyo Marathon in 2013 and 2014.
I live near King’s Cross with my two turtles Logan and Fernando and my pet snail Ryan who is currently seeking a companion. I regularly flee the hustle and bustle of London, spending long weekends in Dusseldorf with my mother, her two dogs Yoshio and Raminagrobi and two incredibly loud parrots Laputa and Victor.
The most perplexing question I get asked too often is ‘In what language do you dream?’ although I will try to offer a satisfying answer.