David Willoughby - Writer in Tokyo

David Willoughby

I'm a writer in Tokyo, Japan

Available for contracts

I speak English and Japanese

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About me

I write about sustainability, craft, technology, work and place - anything that connects to a higher purpose and helps brands do good in the world. Along the way, I’ve managed verbal identity, case studies and brand media for clients ranging from tiny startups to major companies like Suntory, Panasonic and Mitsubishi Group.

My Creations

  1. Call yourself a Tokyoite, wherever you're from. Find the small spaces. Document your experience. Connect with people outside your professional sphere.

    Conclusion of an interview I wrapped up with Mariko Sugita, all about working, living and belonging in the world's greatest city.


  2. Just refreshed and expanded a guide I wrote last year on the creative job market in Tokyo. Perhaps some of this will be elementary-school stuff for Canvas regulars, but some advice bears repeating over and over: Be present, be humble, be patient, learn the language, and make local connections.

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