Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy is a native of Chicago who has spent more than 20 years living, studying and working in Japan before deciding to retire to the idyllic countryside of Oita. Mark is a lifelong student of the Japanese language and culture and loves to travel throughout the country. He also is the author behind the "Real Gaijin" Substack and podcast as well as the Country Roads Japan YouTube channel. Photo supplied courtesy of the author who had stopped to check out the free-roaming horses and cows about half-way up to the summit of Mt. Aso, an active volcano in the center of Kyushu.