CARL / President
Carl Kay is an American entrepreneur who has lived in Japan for twenty-three years after majoring in Japanese at Harvard in the 1970’s. He ran and sold a previous company that localized American software products for the Japanese market and currently advises a Japanese firm specializing in customer experience design. The idea to found Tokyo Way appeared during a meditation retreat at Engakuji temple in Kamakura. Carl’s mission for Tokyo Way is to give visitors access to some of what is special about Japan, which he gets to experience every day.
DHWANI / Luxury Travel Consultant
Bridging cultures comes naturally to Dhwani, who grew up in Yokohama and then Mumbai, where she attended college and worked in the travel industry, before returning to Japan to join Tokyo Way. When not working Dhwani loves to-- travel! If you are a vegetarian, you can thank Dhwani for checking out all the good places to eat in Tokyo.
MIKA / Tour Development Manager
While Mika greatly enjoyed living outside Japan (in the UK and USA) for fourteen years, that experience helped her realize how unique and wonderful Japan is. She was inspired to explore her home country more and help share its beauty with visitors, as a tour planner and as an interpreter during tea ceremonies. Even in her home city of Tokyo, she continues to discover the charm of the older neighborhoods on the east side of the city, which she rarely visited growing up on the more modern west side. Mika loves playing tennis, baking cakes and bread, and traveling.
YASUNORI / Licensed Travel Agent
Yasunori is master of Japan’s systems for reserving hotels, trains and (domestic) planes. He is also an IT master who keeps Tokyo Way connected to the networks for making those reservations. He applies his IT skills as a volunteer on NPO visits to Southeast Asia, and relaxes by playing the alt sax.
AKANE /Luxury Travel Creator
Since graduating college in Tokyo, Akane has worked in the travel industry in Japan, the US and on a cruise ship. She loves all aspects of travel, from the detailed planning to meeting with guests.
YOKO /Luxury Travel Developer
Yoko got her Master's degree in Boston after graduating from university in Japan and has since spent thirty years living and working in both US and Japan, raising two bilingual, bicultural kids with her American husband. Yoko is now trying to reflect her own perspectives and what she loves about Japan into luxury travel development. She also enjoys continuing her career as a professional translator and interpreter along with her hobbies of needlework, reading and playing the piano.