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 help clients to stop advertising and start being interesting.

My Creations

  1. Ask a Salaryman

    6 July 2017
    Ask a Salaryman

    Photographic interview. Inspired by Philippe Halsman's book 'The Frenchman' (1948) but given a distinctly local flavour. View in full at http://www.workers-u.com/ask-a...

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  2. I wrote and designed this article to start a conversation around foreign entrepreneurs in Japan as part of the promotion for TOKYO IDEA FEST. I included some history and ethnography to give the subject more weight and create a more immersive reader experience. Hope you like it! Read in full... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  3. 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.


  4. 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.

    Here's... continue reading (0, 1 image)