Welcome To Chasing Japan!

Chasing Japan is a blog about two guys and their dream of living and working in Japan.

A lifestyle blog of sorts, we want to share our love of Japanese culture with the world, and how that love fuels our desire to build our very own business in Japan.

From a variety of Japanese pop culture topics, photography blurbs, and tips on how to balance work and life, we hope you find our posts entertaining and useful in some way.

So welcome to the adventure. We’d love for you to join us!


OWLS Tour: When It’s OK For A Man To Cry

Hey guys! We’re back with another OWLS post. For those of you that don’t know, every month we (the OWLS team) dedicate at least one blog post around a central theme. This month’s theme is strength. I’m going to do something a bit unorthodox this time. Normally, I would talk about an anime, but I …

A Look at The Otaku Nation AZ Grand Opening

Greetings Netizens! I’m super glad you’re stopping by today because this is an astounding time for the Japanese sub-culture community here in Tucson. Why, you ask? Well, Jeremy Daniel has graciously opened Otaku Nation, a merchandise shop of sorts that doubles as a rich community for the otaku culture. Check it out! –> Now supplemented …

A Look At Con Nichiwa 2017

Greeting netizens! Today, we’re off to another Arizona-based Japanese convention. And its name couldn’t be any better. Honestly, it’s a perfectly executed pun, Con Nichiwa! Based in Tucson, Arizona at the Tucson Convention Center, Con Nichiwa is in full swing. They’ve got a little bit of everything – booming vendor halls, dance parties, raves, karaoke, …

About Us

Your interests don’t define you, they enhance you.

In today’s world – where everyone on the web claims to be an expert, where there seem to be a lot more coaches than players – we want Chasing Japan to stand out. We don’t claim to be experts at X or masters of Y. Instead, we’re true players – sharing our trials, tribulations, failures, and successes for everyone to see. In return, we hope to not only share our love of Japan with everyone, but offer inspiration to anyone that needs it. We’re all in this together!

It all started in the Fall of 2013 when we (Nick & Louis) met at military tech school. A simple introduction quickly turned to the topic of anime, and the rest is history!

…Well, not really. Anime lead to a broader range of Japanese topics like food, culture, and the language. From there, we realized that we both had a passion for Japan and wanted to fuel its fire. So we did what every self proclaimed otaku would do – we decided to start our own business in Japan after our military contracts were over ^^

Since then, our love for Japan has only grown. But we’ve also found a new passion in photography. Photowalks and friendly photo challenges have become a normal part of our friendship, and we’ve noticed that we spend about as much time talking about cameras as we do about anime! Seeing things from different viewpoints and thinking about things in another language have helped us develop a unique perspective that we want to share with everyone.

Even though we’re still serving out the remainder of our military contracts, we know we can’t sit around and wait. Starting a business is hard, but starting a business in Japan is even harder. Finding time to complete our missions, develop our business, practice photography, spend time with family, and enjoy some anime & manga may seem like a daunting task, but we manage to do just that every day. In today’s fast-paced society, time is our most valuable asset. And anything that helps save an hour or 2 every day is worth doing.

Sure there will be challenges. Business ideas may fail. Our plans may get delayed. Relationships will be made and broken. The stigma that follows when you admit to liking something society views as “geeky” is as alive as ever. But we believe our long term goals are too important to let societal norms get in the way!