“In the movie, The Tracey Fragments, Ellen Page’s character talks about how when things happen to people, they radiate a light. But I think places, buildings, rooms – they have pictures caught inside of them, too. Of things that happened when they were there and we weren’t. And all we get is a piece. And all we can do is shrink and blow up that one tiny piece.”

Born in New York to South African parents, Simone left America just a baby. She was raised in Johannesburg, where she attended high school, then moved to Grahamstown to pursue a Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University (UCKAR). After graduating, she was accepted onto the JET Program(me) and relocated to Miyazaki, Japan where she spent the next four years teaching English. Whilst living in Asia, Simone blogged about her travels, wrote for Tokyo-based publication Metropolis Japan, and helped establish the first all-English tourism website for her home prefecture, En Miyazaki. Her photo series on the abandoned amusement park, Nara Dreamland, was featured on Lonely Planet. Simone returned to New York in 2018 where she now lives and works as a freelancer.


Same Sky Foundation, Grace Farms Foundation, Agora Gallery, En Miyazaki, Expat.com, Metropolis Japan


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Features & Mentions

Lonely Planet
See Inside Japan’s Abandoned Nara Dreamland Amusement Park

Celebrating the Phallus and Other Weird Japanese Festivals

Grape Japan
The Absolutely Stunning Aqua-Art of Hidetomo Kimura: Goldfish Have Never Looked This Good

Mr Trippy
Takachiho Gorge: Where the Gods Landed

Miyazaki Inbound (Japanese)
Why Is There No Information About Miyazaki in English?

Stars & Stripes Japan
Sun Messe: The Maoi of the East 
Huis Ten Bosch: Japan’s Dutch Theme Park 
A Weekend in Yakushima: One of the Most Beautiful Places Imaginable 
Exploring Wartime Remains on Japan’s Rabbit Island 
Atop Kagoshima’s Mt Kaimondake 
Historic Nagoya Castle: The Royal Treatment in Japan’s 4th Largest City
A Trip Down to Minamisatsuma
Tomogashima: Japan’s Real Castle in the Sky
Trekking Taketa
Exploring Aya Town
Reasons To Visit Japan’s Most Overlooked Prefecture
Nostalgic Nakazakicho
The Wild Horses of Cape Toi
Takachiho Gorge

Stars & Stripes Korea
K-Pop and Kimchi: Experience Osaka’s Little Korea
Busan Life

Stars & Stripes Okinawa
Kyushu Road Trippin’ Part I
Kyushu Road Trippin’ Part II
Nagasaki’s Glover Garden and Dejima Island
K-Pop and Kimchi: Experience Osaka’s Little Korea 
Magical Miyako