Mayumi was born and educated in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. She studied Japanese Literature at college and is also interested in film and contemporary culture. Mayumi is a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter; since 2009, she has worked throughout Japan with families, groups of photographers, sight-seekers, naturalists and birdwatchers; and as a cultural expert onboard ships introducing her home island and its culture to visitors from around the world. Mayumi has worked for Zegrahm Expeditions since 2010 as a cultural expert and onboard lecturer, and often works as a co-leader with Mark Brazil, especially on journeys in Asia. Mayumi’s travels have taken her to North and South America, East Africa, Europe, South Asia, East Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. She particularly enjoys cross-cultural experiences and explaining the many facets of her own culture to others. Mayumi and Mark live near Teshikaga in east Hokkaido where they enjoy the mountains and a wide range of outdoor activities including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.