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Mamoru Shirasaki

Tour Leader

Mamoru was born and raised in Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast. He relates that from a young age he was always interested in nature, which eventually led him to undertake Environmental Studies and Landscape Architecture at Chiba University. After graduating, he initially found work at landscape designing company, where he was tasked with urban planning and park design. He says, however, that he quickly realised that landscape architecture was not for him and that this was when the real journey, both physically and metaphorically, in his life began.

In 1999, Mamoru travelled to San Francisco, where he originally planned to stay for two years with a friend. However, his sojourn in the USA ended up lasting more than 12 years. Here he returned to education firstly at Laney College in Oakland for computer science but later switched to Child and Adolescent Development Studies at San Francisco State University. After graduation, Mamoru restarted his career as a pre-school teacher at a Japanese-English bilingual kindrgarten in San Francisco.

While working as a teacher Mamoru also began a secondary career making sushi at a Japanese catering company. He finally returned to Japan in 2011 to qualify as a professional sushi chef and has since set up in business as a personal chef for small parties and events in the Tokyo area.

After many years overseas, Mamoru’s return to Japan led him to take a greater interest in his own country and its culture, which, in turn, led him to study for and attain tour guide qualifications. Currently he resides in Tokyo and in his free time enjoys cooking, searching out and dining at great restaurants, exploring different parts of Tokyo, listening to R&B and soul music, and exploring Japan.

Mamoru joined Walk Japan as a Tour Leader in 2017.