Rob Goss - Writer in Tokyo

Rob Goss

I'm a writer in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

Hello. I'm a British writer based in Tokyo, creating award-winning stories about Japan for media around the globe, with clients having ranged from National Geographic Travel and Time to BBC Travel, the Economist 1843 and some 100 others.

Feature length or short, I like to tell stories; whether that’s about the sumo bulls of the remote Oki Islands, a master Bunraku puppet maker in Osaka or the cat that saved a Japanese railway.

I also enjoy more in-depth projects. To date, I've edited and updated more than a dozen books on Japan and have authored seven of my own, including Japanese Inns & Hot Springs and the NATJA Gold Award-winning Japan Traveler's Companion. I've also worked with companies such as Airbnb, the Economist Intelligence Unit, BBC StoryWorks, and Reuters Plus on branded content projects.

Besides travel writing, my current long-term projects include a collection of writing that looks at Japan in short form (through haiku/senryu poetry, flash fiction and non-fiction vignettes) and a book that retraces haiku master Matsuo Basho's journey around northern Japan.

I'm a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalist Association.

My Creations

  1. On Micro Fiction

    10 October 2015

    Link: http://www.tokyofreelance.com/micro-fiction.

    I wasn't sure where to start with adding a first creation here. It's difficult to add a book. Just adding a link to one on Amazon would be a touch too naughty. And I couldn't think of a recent feature that I wanted to share either. That... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  2. New guide to Kyoto and Nara

    24 October 2015

    Here: http://www.amazon.com/Tuttle-Kyoto-Nara-Guide-Map/dp/4805311797

    Apologies for the self-plugging, but I've got a new book out in spring. It'll be my fourth as author with Tuttle Publishing and the first of four coming out with Tuttle in 2016.

    It's always very satisfying when a new book starts appearing on Amazon and the like... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  3. A few weeks ago I had the rare (for me) experience of being on the receiving end of an interview, when I chatted with Eye-Ai magazine about being a writer in Japan. I'm used to new writers and students getting in touch to ask about how I got into writing... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  4. A few weeks ago I was invited to Hiroshima International School to give an author talk as part of their Reading Week program. Rather than stand and waffle in front of a hall full of small kids, we instead came up with the idea of doing a day of writing... continue reading (1, 1 image)

  5. Sharing some recent work. With this article, National Geographic asked me to write 1,000 words from a personal viewpoint on why I live in Tokyo and what I recommend to visitors. It was for their new online "Where the Locals Go" section, which made it challenging in that there was... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  6. Book about Ryokan

    26 August 2016
    Book about Ryokan

    I just finished the draft of a book on ryokan (it'll be my sixth book with Tuttle), which I've co-authored with photographer Akihiko Seki.To celebrate getting that dea...

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