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, 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 and content strategy for clients ranging from fledgling startups to 100-year-old Japanese corporations.

Based in Tokyo, available worldwide.

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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  3. Bio art is an emerging creative field in which human beings collaborate with non-human actors such as fungi and bacteria. Definitely one for the out-there creatives out there.

    This is my report on a three-way conversation between bio art practitioners in Mexico, Japan and Argentina. Together, they give a good... continue reading (0, 1 image)