Many books inspired me to become a traveller. I often trace their route.

Master Keaton

Master Keaton is a Japanese series of comic books created by Naoki Urasawa and those have been translated into English. Taichi Keaton is a part-time professor and an insurance investigator. He often meets strange incidents and solves them by making use of his experience in the SAS. In fact, he wants to study archaeology. He sometimes seems a little distant, actually that’s what makes him so cute.

Keaton travels lots of different places at work, so I’d like to go there someday. BTW, I share the same first name as Keaton.

Midnight Express

Midnight Express inspires me to travel the world over. Kotaro Sawaki wrote about his journey from Hong Kong to London by Bus. There are so many freaks in Japan, and many of them traced his route. Of course, so do I. And I sympathized with his twenties’ young melting mood.

BTW, this book was only written in Japanese, but I hope it will be translated and made readable to people all over the world.

Investment Biker

Jim Rogers is a very famous adventure capitalist and he travelled around the world by bike. He usually goes deep into the market while travelling in order to realize local life and business confidence. Although I can’t begin to compete with his experience, I’d like to feel the local business atmosphere.

BTW, I’ve shaken hands with him when he came to Japan to give a lecture.

The Culture Map

A wonderful book. Erin Meyer explains the cultural differences, especially in business settings such as low/high-context, egalitarian, hierarchical and consensual. I am interested in the cultural differences regarding a risk attitude. For instance, most western companies basically manage their risk spontaneously, but many Japanese companies tend not to spend a fortune on risk management at the expense of their profits.

BTW, I introduce this book to second-year university students every year in my class.