After 8 years of freelance public relations and writing, she founded The Hidden Japan in 2018. She is a member of Yamagata Prefecture Councils and committees and heads various projects around Japan promoting tourism beyond the beaten path.
Graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Derek followed his passion to connect with his roots as a Japanese American and moved to Japan in 2015. With a background in commercial photography and advertisement, Derek co-founded The Hidden Japan in 2018.
Senior Inbound Specialist
Graduating from UC Berkeley, Wesley moved to Japan one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake to teach English at a school for evacuees. After working for a Tohoku-based design and marketing company, for some years, she has now joined The Hidden Japan.