Mayumi was born and educated in Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island. She studied Japanese Literature at college, but is also interested in film and contemporary culture. She has traveled in North America, Europe, South Asia, East Asia and New Zealand, and enjoys cross-cultural experiences and explaining her own culture to others. Mayumi is a trained reflexologist too. Her hobbies include: mountain hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and nature watching. She has worked on board expedition cruise ships for various companies around Japan and South Korea (for A&K in 2009, Zegrahm Expeditions in 2010 & 2013, and Noble Caledonia in 2010, Orion expeditions in 2011 & 2012) as an assistant administrative staff member and as a demonstrator/lecturer. Since 2009, she has worked as a fixer and an interpreter, traveling throughout Japan with families and groups of photographers, sight-seekers and naturalists. Mayumi has traveled very widely throughout Japan multiple times. She currently lives in Ebetsu, Hokkaido.