About Me

Tomoko PhotoHi,

My name is Tomoko Okochi. I am an interpreter and  a certified guide.
That is the short description of me you’ve probably read on “About this site” widget on my blog.
The truth is… I am not only a guide!

I’ve taught guiding and English at universities. I was an instructor at an interpreter training institution. I’m also certified as a translator in Canada.
But, above all things, I am currently studying web design and mobile app development.
Yes, I code.
I build web and mobile apps.

Wait, whaaat?
That is the normal reaction I get from people when I tell them my story.

I know. It’s not a very common path.
But I always wanted to make something and that’s what I decided to do as my next career.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t like guiding nor quit liking Japan.
I love Japanese culture and I kinda miss guiding to tell the truth.
I liked helping people fully enjoy the sites and culture by providing them not only explanations, but also interesting facts and anecdote.

That’s why I created this blog to keep in touch with what I love.
So, on this blog, I share interesting and useful information about Japan and traveling in Japan!

Other than that, I am a tea lover (I used to be a coffee addict. But on this one morning in 2010, I just couldn’t drink coffee for no reason. I haven’t had a single sip of coffee ever since), mom of two boys (can you stop climbing on every single elevated object, seriously!), wife of a handsome, patient and wonderful man. I am not good at cleaning the room and not good at keeping track of bills (oh well), but I like cooking and baking. My have-to-stop-this-habit is binge-watching Youtube at night and regretting it the next morning.

If you find this website useful, don’t forget to join the Facebook group where you can get in touch with me and ask questions, exchange info and read more tidbits about Japanese sights, culture and upcoming events.

Thank you for spending your precious time on my site! I really appreciate it 🙂



I have another blog site for guides in Japan or who want to be a guide: Eigo de Nihon.