I am from a small town in Oregon and have lived in Japan for a number of years. I studied Japanese, Asian studies and history at the University of Oregon and Waseda University (in Tokyo) before heading across the Pacific to live in Japan for good. I previously lived in Tokyo and Toyama City, but Osaka City has been my only long-term home in Japan. My interests include history, languages, travel, music, and many other things. Through this blog I hope to introduce you to all the great things Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City have to offer its visitors and foreign residents.
I am currently working on a tourism and lifestyle website that will go by the same name as this blog (Osaka Insider), and I plan to link the two up to create what I hope will be an original, useful, and fascinating online resource. In recent years, Osaka has finally started receiving more attention as a travel destination, but in a Tokyo-centric country, and with Kyoto (the biggest tourism draw in Japan) and a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites right next door, competition is fierce. However, tourism has boomed in recent years in Japan, and the prefectural government and local businesses here are working particularly hard at promoting Osaka, so the future looks bright. I hope to contribute to those efforts through my work.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog!
Note: I welcome link exchanges with interesting sites, so please don’t hesitate to contact me at:
osakainsider AT gmail DOT com