Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Chieko Sakihana

Expedition Leader

Chieko Sakihana

Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Chieko attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she received an MA in linguistics. She then spent three years teaching English at colleges and language institutes in the Kansai area before changing careers to become an interpreter and guide. With an encyclopedic knowledge of Japanese history, tradition, and culture, Chieko considers herself to be an ambassador for Japan, and has participated in numerous International and UN conferences. During her 25-year career, she has escorted everyone from European royalty to heads of state, as well as curious travelers on a number of Zegrahm’s Japan expeditions.