From Arizona to Oknawa: More Things Japanese
26 July, 2012 09:29
Benjamin Martin is from Arizona, USA now living in Okinawa, Japan. He is author of the YA novel Samurai Awakening coming this Fall from Tuttle Publishing, and recently won the 2012 Kengo Tarumi award for his photography in JTA’s yearly contest.
1. Why did you move abroad?
I’ve been interested in Japan since high school when I took Japanese as my foreign language requirement. The more I learned about it, the more intrigued I was, yet I knew I’d never really be able to learn the language until I went. I continued studying through college and applied for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme run by the Japanese government. I got accepted and after graduation started packing my bags. (More)