When Amy Chavez moved to Japan from a sleepy little town in Ohio in 1994, she probably had no idea of all the adventures that loomed in front of her – but nineteen years later she finds herself a prolific and successful writer, the owner of a totally awesome beach bar on the idyllic isle of Shiraishijima she calls home, and, along with her husband Paul, a conductor of sailing tours in the Seto Inland Sea.
Although clearly her three-year stint as co-host with yours truly on the world-famous Planet Japan podcast has been the highlight of her career, she has also been writing a very funny column for The Japan Times for many years (Japan Lite), and also blogging on The Huffington Post.
She has just released her third book on Japan, Running the Shikoku Pilgrimage, in which she describes her five-week spiritual journey running the ancient 900-mile pilgrimage. Her two previous books, Japan – Funny Side Up and Guidebook to Japan: What the Other Guidebooks Won’t Tell You, focus more on her funny side.
There is one more thing you should know about Amy. She likes cows. A lot. She has what some might call an obsession with cows. I wouldn’t be surprised if her next book is called The Cow Whisperer.