Haiji is a hiker, translator, and photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Born and raised in rural Missouri, Haiji grew up wandering the Ozark mountains, hiking and camping with his family. After graduating valedictorian from high school, he moved to New York City where he studied history at Fordham University. As a Fulbright scholar, he spent 3 years living in South Korea while teaching English in the South Jeonnam province, and after finishing his final year there he began his masters studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures. Currently residing in Japan, he is working on completing the 1,700+ kilometer Kanto Fureai Trail as well as climbing the country’s 100 Famous Mountains. Follow his blog for weekly posts of hiking stories accompanied by photos of the Japanese countryside. If you enjoy these works, feel free to leave a tip in the tip jar on the right, or to follow the link above to purchase photos to use in your own projects. Cheers!