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!


Chasing Japan visits Anime Expo 2017!

Welcome to Anime Expo, the biggest J-subculture convention in the United States! Greetings Netizens of the world and welcome to Anime Expo 2017! Every year seems to get more and more packed with goodness; but with it, more and more crowded! This year had an overall unique attendance of 115,726 people including the Pre-Show night! …

Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo

Welcome to the premiere, have a seat and enjoy the show! Today we take a look back at day zero of Anime Expo, where Anisong World Matsuri hosted the “~Japan Kawaii Live~” concert!  Taking the stage were some of Japan’s greatest: Aqours, JUNNA and Minori Suzuki from Walküre, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, and the Wake Up, Girls! What …

Things to Look Forward to At Anime Expo 2017

With Anime Expo around the corner, an endless barrage of announcements on events & special guests have been flooding my inbox. So I thought it would be befitting to help shed some light on a few key highlights that we’re looking forward to! For those of you that are attending, pay close attention to the schedule. …

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!