Hi, I’m Michael


Hi, I’m Michael

I’ve lived in Kyoto for 6 years

I speak English and some Japanese

I am a restaurant owner and chef


Hello, I'm Michael and I would like to introduce myself and share with you why I live in, and love, Kyoto so much. My journey began seven years ago when I took a break from my Italian restaurant in Houston, Texas and traveled to Japan. Starting in Sendai and Matsushima, I down to Miyajima and Hiroshima then I worked my way back to Tokyo. Along the way I stopped in Kobe, Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. After only two days and nights in Kyoto, I knew that this city was special. Once back in the USA, I made a plan to the next chapter of my life. Living in Japan! Moving and living here has been, and is so rewarding. The people are so kind, the country is amazingly beautiful and the food is absolutely delicious. During the first few years, I explored the countryside and traversed most of the city, worked as a rafting guide on the Setagawa river and up until last December owned and operated one of only three Cajun establishments in all of Japan. My hobbies include surfing, scuba, camping, enjoying wines from across the globe, museums, the fine arts and obviously cooking. I hope you will allow me to spend a little time with you so I can show you what makes Kyoto one of a kind. Thank you

My knowledge & interests

Hosts graduation BS Science Journalism Hosts expertise Food
Street food Local cuisine Food markets Art galleries & museums Parks Gardens Street photography Wine Gin Local beers Department stores Vintage shops Street markets Popular culture Lifestyle culture Japanese sake Antique shops Landscape photography Night photography Classical music Pop music Jazz music Rock music Blues music R&B Soul music Funk music Reggae Shochu

Experiences I love to host