After coming back to Japan, I spent elementary school to high school in Akita, a snowing countryside of northern part in Japan.
When I was 18, I came to Tokyo to enter KEIO university.
I graduated from KEIO and got a job in Tokyo. Since then I've been living in Tokyo for more than 20 years.
My main profession was in accounting. I have once worked for E&Y. I have more than 10 years of experience accounting/tax return especially for dentists with their own clinics.
The reason why I started my career with accounting firm was that I had a dream someday had my own business. After the financial crisis in 2008, the company I was working for, lost many clients in Tokyo from all over the world because they flew to Singapore/Hong Kong to settle their Asian head offices there. It was at that time I started hosting people on SNS so called Couchsurfing. And in 2014, I started hosting people on Airbnb. But I gave up home sharing after the Japanese government had applied new regulations regarding home sharing in 2018.
So I switched my main activity from home sharing to guiding foreign tourist. In these few years of changes, I always enjoyed meeting new people. Actually, I have hosted more than 300 people in total. My dream is to visit my guests/friends all over the world.
You know, I was a country boy since I came to Tokyo. People from the countryside coming to Tokyo generally like to walk around all over Tokyo to feel/know the city vibes. Even 20 years of my life was not long enough to experience all over Tokyo. So I understand, in some way, how strangers feel about this big city. In these 20 years of living in Tokyo, I went to many museums/galleries and other arty sites. I studied the history of architectures in Tokyo. Walking around Tokyo, you will find that is the city of contrasts. There are contrast of new/old, contemporary/traditional, artificial/natural, retro/high-tech, western/eastern. For example, you will find Meiji shrine build 100 years ago for Meiji emperor in a deep forest with calm/holy atmosphere right next to the Takeshita fashion street selling everything related to capitalism attracting people with dance music in loud volume.
Everything is mixed here. That's why Tokyo attract people. I will show you some places you must see.
A Recent Review of this guide
Kenji was very nice and very helpful. We saw the good sights and he did a great job in describing their history and importance. He was flexible in accommodating special needs (I hurt my foot a few days earlier and was a litte limited in walking). He gavie us a good feel of how locals see and live Tokyo (at least the .001% of Tokyo that any tourist can see in a day :).
TOEIC score 830
I am not a licensed guide.
I am not familiar with vegan culture.