About Us

ALLAN HSU – Owner / Editor-in-chief

Allan was originally from the city of Taipei in Taiwan. Having grandparents who spoke Japanese due to Taiwan being a former colony of Japan, he has always been intrigued by this island nation. His father spent 6 months doing medical research in Tokyo. After completing most of his education in Australia, Allan has been a frequent traveler to Japan, especially Osaka. He enjoys the city because of its passionate open-minded people, its great food, cultural significance and of course its proximity to the rest of Kansai region. Allan started Osaka.com in 2012 with the goal to turn it into the most comprehensive, unique and interesting Osaka information website available. The internet is flooded with repetitive, over-generalized generic information on Japan, Allan feels it’s time passion is infused when creating contents.


LIAM CARRIGAN – Contributor

As a six year resident of Osaka, Liam Carrigan knows the city inside and out. As well as creating content for Osaka.com, Liam is a regular contributor to the popular Japan website “Gaijinpot.com”. He writes regularly for a number of other online and print publications across the world. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Liam first came to Japan in 2006. His work has taken him all across the country and even to Hong Kong for a time as well. In addition to writing, Liam loves sports, and enjoys nothing more than watching his beloved Celtic FC when they are playing. He is also a keen traveller, having visited 16 countries so far, with more planned in the near future. Liam graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2006 with a BA in Journalism. He believes a reporter’s first allegiance must always be to the truth, no matter how inconvenient that truth may be.


DM MURRAY – Contributor

Currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland, DM Murray spent over four years living in the Kansai area, where she worked as an English teacher. While in Japan, she enjoyed travelling around the country, to places as far apart as Hokkaido, Shimane and Okinawa. Today she is a postgraduate student working in Japanese studies. Other than writing and other academic work, she translates from Japanese to English, particularly in film subtitles, and her hobbies include art and cookery.

She wants to spread the word about overlooked places, and help people gain a deeper understanding of Osaka and Japan.


ANDY CHENG – Contributor

Growing up with a Japanese mother, Andy has extensive knowledge of Japanese culture, life and food.  Originally from England, Andy started to train to be a chef after graduating university and moved to Japan to start his culinary journey. With his aim to run his own restaurant, he studied under Michelin star chef Namae Shinobu and Akihiro Nagao. After travelling to Osaka, he fell in love with the food, was especially Takoyaki.
Andy’s hobbies include, photography, sports and travelling around Japan. Andy wants to share the beauty of Japanese food and the elegance and grace Japanese people take in preparing and eating their food.


ANNA MELEGOVA – Contributor

Anna is a passionate traveler and travel writer. She was born in Slovakia but her passion for travelling and far-away destinations sparked in her since early childhood. After living in Australia for 5 years, where she worked and studied tourism, she is now based in Osaka, where she works as an English teacher. Anna is a regular contributor of travel tips and itineraries to various international travel portals and runs a blog of her own, where she shares her love for exploration of new places. In her free time she loves to spend time in nature, read, eat and cook new interesting dishes and watch documentaries on Netflix. A Netflix documentary Wild Japan has in fact triggered the idea of moving to Osaka and she has been loving it ever since. 

You can find her personal blog at https://hanastraveljournal.com


SAYAKA TAKAMI – Contributor

Sayaka was born and grown at the riverside in Taisho ward (Osaka), so her inspiration always comes from water scene. Murmuring of a stream,  sea ripples comfortably moving back and forth and the moon reflected on the calm lake surface are the sources of her creation. Her childhood memories are flooded with family trips all around Japan and some Asian countries. She started to keep a travel diary when her mother gave her a tiny notebook on their first airplane trip. She took note of what she saw and felt on the journey, drew pictures and pasted beautiful paper items (tickets, maps and leaflets) to make her trip unforgettable. This wonderful habit is now shared by her daughters who take note about all the yummy foods and fancy items on her trips. Sayaka studied transformation of communication at the Kobe University, then got an MBA in marketing from the University of Leicester, UK. She currently lives very close to Lake Biwa. Running, reading and creating something new are her passion.


GARY LUSCOMBE – Contributor

“Originally from the small island of Guernsey, Gary has been living in Osaka now for some 7 years. Based in the Kawachinagano in the far south of Osaka Prefecture, he works as front desk for a traditional ryokan deep in the countryside. Here he is immersed in the richness of Japanese culture, narrating tea ceremonies and ikebana classes and teaching guests about the significant history of this unknown town.
 
In his spare time, he likes to explore other parts of the Osaka countryside in his quest to show that Osaka isn’t just the bright lights and bustle of Dotonbori.”

TOMAS MELEG – Digital Marketing specialist / Content Producer

Born and raised in Slovakia but his adventurous nature took him to explore different parts of the world. Tomas is currently based in Osaka for almost a year where he teaches English part-time, intensively explores regions of Japan and documents everything through his lens as a professional photographer. His ability to produce high quality photo and video content is to support our writers with his imagery and make experience of our readers as authentic as possible. 

Visit Tomas’s website at- https://melegtomas.com/