Rob Goss - Writer in Tokyo

Rob Goss

I'm a writer in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

Hello. I'm a writer originally from Dartmoor in the UK, for the past decade or so happily working self-employed from home in Tokyo alongside my trusted sidekick, Henry the black shiba.

My work is mostly centered on writing books nowadays. I'm the author of five to date with Tuttle Publishing and have several more in the pipeline. I tend not to do it any more, but I've also edited, updated or contributed to quite a lot of books for companies like Tuttle, Fodor's, Rough Guides, Insight Guides, Dorling Kindersley, and National Geographic. I get a lot more satisfaction and enjoyment from creating my own things, rather than tweaking other people's creations.

Working with clients that have included National Geographic, TIME, Lexus, Delta, US Airways, OMEGA, and getting close to 100 others mostly based outside of Japan, I also write features for magazines, enjoy haiku and other short-form poetry, and write flash and micro fiction. My current projects include a book about traditional Japanese inns and a photo book on Hokkaido. I'm also working on a first collection of micro fiction, limiting myself to either 50 or 100 words per story...a lot of fun, but with mixed results so far!

Away from work, I'm into good beer, guitar sounds, running (slowly), napping, food, football, cricket, books, and vinyl. I'm always open to ideas for collaborations and meeting other people, so please don't hesitate to say hello.

My Creations

  1. On Micro Fiction

    10 October 2015


    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


    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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