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A German national with Turkish roots, 34-year-old Gizem Sakamaki is the founder of Foodie Adventure Japan and a sustainable tourism influencer. The multipassionate entrepreneur and innovator lives, breathes and, of course, consumes food. From elegant kaiseki-ryōri (traditional multicourse cuisine) to the latest convenience store sweets, she documents her adventures across multiple media platforms with gusto.

1. What first brought you to Japan and what’s kept you here? A healthy diet of 1990s after-school anime, cheap cup ramen and a burning wish to immerse myself in a new culture.

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