Godzilla captured the attention of an eight-year-old English lad named Rob Dyer. “A history buff like Dad,” from a young age Rob was an avid reader of books about Asia.
A business trip brought Rob as a young man to Tokyo in 2000. He enjoyed the tourist sights. Still, he desired to learn about the Japan beyond the clichés of Japanese manga, geisha and Godzilla. In 2015 after countless trips, Rob established The Real Japan. The web site was a way to introduce foreigners to the heart of Japan.
Over a Skype chat about Rob’s latest e-book, How to Travel in Japan Without Speaking Japanese, he made the point that Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara – all the typical tourist spots – are terrific. And there are rich experiences to be enjoyed in other Japanese towns.