Kaori Sereni, 34, was born and raised in Fukushima. Her husband, 41-year-old Justin Sereni, came to Japan from England in 2008. They now run Onpoint Madarao, a boutique hotel that opened in 2020 near the Madarao Kogen Ski Resort in Nagano Prefecture.

1. How did you first meet?

KaoriWe met at a friend’s house in 2017, but we just introduced ourselves. Then, I went to a friend’s birthday at Justin’s house and saw him making a cake in the kitchen. I thought, “This guy can make a cake? Who is this guy?”