After a 20 year career in investment banking in Boston, Sydney, Hong Kong, and London, Eddie followed his heart to the healthy, active, outdoor lifestyle in Niseko. A visitor to Niseko since 2001, Eddie and his wife Chi started investing in Niseko's property market in 2005 and formed MnK in 2010 to better serve the property management needs of owners in Country Resort. Outside of the office, he enjoys the abundance of fresh food and great restaurants, exploring Hokkaido, and spending time outdoors with his 3 daughters.
Having been a repeat visitor to Niseko for a number of years Patrick finally decided to move here permanently in 2014. Pat studied visual arts at university in Bristol and has a career background in hospitality and sales. He is an avid snowboarder, golfer and cook.
Originally from Rusutsu in Hokkaido, Rutsu feels like she has experienced enough snow to last her a lifetime and has little interest in winter sports. After finishing high school, she moved to Fukuoka to become a nurse and worked in a hospital for seven years. Looking for a new challenge, she started studying English and moved to Niseko in 2012. Whenever she gets the chance throughout summer, Rutsu spends her time outdoors horseriding, one of her favourite hobbies.
Luke’s passion for nature, design and board sports makes Niseko a great place to live. A keen explorer, he was first captivated by the snow and the mountains working a winter season in North America. Back in his hometown of Brisbane he attended Design College before working as a freelance graphic designer and then art director at an advertising agency. He later studied a Bachelor's degree in environmental management (sustainable development), working in the energy management sector before venturing to Japan in 2013 . When not at the office Luke likes to play soccer, surf, snowboard, read and draw.
Paula is originally from Transylvania, Romania. She studied Landscape Architecture at Greenwich University before working as a property consultant in central London. Having always held a passion for nature and traditions, she came to Niseko in 2017 looking to find a more meaningful career and healthy lifestyle, away from the urban jungle. Her hobbies include cooking, yoga & weightlifting, reading sci-fi novels and is thoroughly enjoying learning how to snowboard.
Before coming on board as our Owner Liaison, Sam studied an undergraduate degree in Political Science in Ireland, then went on to complete a Masters in Environmental Policy in London. Originally from Colorado in the United States, Niseko ticked all of the boxes for him; incredible snowboarding conditions in the winter, and plenty of opportunities to fly fish in the summer. Outside of this, you'll likely find Sam reading or studying Japanese.
Nicole calls sunny Perth in Western Australia her home, and this is where she studied a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a Master of Marketing. Having transitioned from full-time study to a full-time job as a Marketing Coordinator for a Perth based tourism marketing company, she was ready to experience something new and see what else the world had to offer. Outside of MnK she loves visiting new coffee shops, seeing art exhibitions, cooking and doing yoga. Whilst summer is very much her favourite season, she still enjoys getting out and snowboarding in winter.
Charlie grew up in Bishops Stortford in England. After he completed his studies in multimedia, he travelled to the USA to work in his field of film making. He also travelled and worked in France, Australia and Fiji before coming to Japan in November 2016 to work with MnK. A keen snow surfer, Charlie loves exploring the backcountry, camping, hiking, gardening and getting outdoors– and his camera is never far away from his grasp.
Yoko grew up in Sapporo before moving to Sweden to study for a number of years. After finishing her studies, she moved to Niseko in 2010 working as Marketing Assistant at the Hilton Hotel and Land Operator at a travel agency. She loves exploring Europe and regularly travels back there on holidays. She enjoys the lifestyle Niseko offers where she has time to travel, enjoy nature, meet new people and still remain close to her family in Sapporo. Outside of the office, you can find her playing the piano, reading, studying languages and taking photos.
Ben grew up in the seaside town of Redcliffe in Queensland, Australia. As MnK’s head of IT, he draws from many years of experience as a Mechanical Drafter from an engineering firm in Brisbane. Ben is an avid lover of the outdoors, and worked his first winter ski season at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. Since this time, he has returned to Japan, and particularly Niseko for countless winter seasons. Ben is drawn to the lifestyle of Niseko, and thanks to the incredible landscape and climate of the area, he can enjoy his greatest passions; hiking, snowboarding and mountain biking.
Yumi is a Sapporo native, who has travelled and worked previously in New Zealand and Australia for a year each. She has been living in Niseko for about 10 years now and joined MnK in 2016. She had previously been working in accounting at a real estate agents. She loves being outside, and enjoys biking and gardening in summer and skiing in winter. Away from the office she enjoys travelling, trips to the beach and just hanging out with friends in the area.
Yukari hails from Osaka. While she still loves her home town, she really likes to snowboard and mountain bike. After venturing up to Niseko every winter to work and snowboard for five years, Niseko really grew on her and she made the permanent move about four years ago and hasn't looked back.
Tim is an Australian native who has spent the most part of his life growing up in bustling Hong Kong. With a background in education, specifically Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, combined with his passion for the outdoors, there is no one else we could imagine leading the EdVenture team. When not planning our next MnK event, you’ll find him building and exploring. If you haven’t done so already, Tim insists you get here in summer. “Make Niseko your base, rent a car, and explore!”
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Richard studied at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. With over 20 years’ experience as a chef, working in Europe, North America and Japan, Richard has called Japan home for the last 15 of those years. Richard joins the MnK team after working as the Executive Chef for establishments such as Micuras Hotel in Atami, Cross Hotel in Osaka and Sapporo, Mercure Hotel in Sapporo, and most recently at IKI Restaurant in Niseko.
YooJa is originally from Chiba and has been living in Niseko for the past four years. Prior to this she lived in Saipan in the Western Pacific where she enjoyed windsurfing, scuba diving and the laid back pacific lifestyle. Her favourite season in Hokkaido is autumn when she can take in the beautiful colours with a nice glass of wine. When not at work YooJa often explores Hokkaido for new food delicacies or helps her friends out at the famous Sutsu Oyster shack where she can impressively shuck 100 oysters in one minute!
Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Adam studied Audio Production before landing a job in the industry as a senior technician for an audio-visual company. His work has led him to assist with film sound and live sound mixing for bands. He moved to Niseko to experience mountain life in 2016, something that isn’t really possible in his home town of Australia. When he isn’t playing music, he loves fly fishing and exploring the mountains, and is now totally hooked to snowboarding thanks to the epic snowfall Niseko receives in the winter.
It’s fair to say that Nicki loves the snow and all things related. She has now completed six winter ski seasons across Japan, New Zealand and Canada. Originally from Forres, a tiny town in the north of Scotland, she first visited Niseko some years ago after researching the area and snow conditions. She re-joined the MnK team at the start of the 2018/19 winter season, drawn back by the epic powder snow. When not leading the team at Akazora, she can be found snowboarding, dong yoga and eating out.
As a Hokkaido native, Tomomi calls Asahikawa home. After graduating, she worked at a hospital as a nurse for roughly four years before deciding to go travelling. Tomomi set off for a working holiday in Australia where she lived for a year, and after this, spent time working winter seasons in Niseko. Tomomi is interested in the English language and decided that Niseko would be the perfect place to settle down for a while and further develop her skills. On days that Tomomi isn’t greeting our MnK guests with her warm smile and cheerful persona, you’ll find her shopping, spending time with friends, and eating delicious food like ice cream. If there’s one thing she hopes to do more of this coming winter, it would have to be getting out on the mountain to snowboard more.
Kanako moved from her home city of Kobe in 2014 after seeing a moving documentary on Hokkaido by Shiretoko Higuma. She was attracted to Niseko for the simple life it offered, having previously worked in retail in the big city. On her downtime Kana likes to do yoga, snowboard, travel and design textiles. She loves discovering new things and wants to share the wonder of life here with the guests and friends of MnK.
Ash was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Melbourne. In 2016, she did a winter season in Thredbo, NSW and worked as a lift attendant. She fell in love with the mountain town and met some great people who all shared a love for the snow. With home no longer seeming so appealing, she set her sights on where to do another snow season. Tossing up between Canada and Japan, Ash decided on Niseko and has been here since November 2016. Outside of work in summer, Ash likes to hike, go camping and explore the area. In winter, you will find her skiing and hopefully learning to snowboard in winter 2017/18.
Hazel grew up in Ontario, Canada and has been living in Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 6 years where she attended university. Before joining us at MnK, Hazel worked at a rehabilitation clinic in Vancouver and was applying to graduate school. When she wasn’t accepted in the program she wanted, she decided to put her plans on hold and try something new! She loves skiing and snowboarding, so Niseko was top on her list for places to travel to. In her spare time, she enjoys watching the sunrise, running, practicing guitar, reading, playing card games and practicing meditation.
Azusa is originally from Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. Having majored in Economics at university, she went on to work at a local bank for 5 years. Her desire to travel and study English inspired her to leave her job and live and work in Banff, Canada for a year. She soon realised that living in a place surrounded by nature brought her a lot of joy. Azusa looks forward to hiking in the summer, and as a basketball fan, she hopes to catch a few professional Japanese basketball games in Sapporo this season.
A long time resident of Japan, Alistair has a varied background in teaching, sales and hospitality. Arriving to Niseko in 2006, Alistair calls Hokkaido home and enjoys the unique change in seasons northern Japan offers. Although a moderately keen skiier and snowboarder in the winter, he is an avid golfer and can be found on the golf course for days at a time in the summer.
Kazuya recently made the move to Niseko from Yokohama in 2016. He has extensive experience in the real estate industry and is well versed in customer acquisition. He is a keen kite–surfer throughout summer always chasing the wind along the coast. He also has a drysuit so he can get out into the ocean in winter as well. He hopes to participate in the national competition in the future and when he isn't kite-surfing he studies hard to improve his english.
Yuko started with MnK in 2016. Originally from Gifu prefecture she spent time working as a renovation designer in Tokyo and has backpacked extensively through Europe, the Middle East, North & South America and Australia. It was actually while travelling that she heard about Niseko from some other travellers. She has spent two winters here and is definitely hooked on the powder snow. Outside of work she likes to ride motorcycles, snowboarding and gardening and in the future wants to build her own house in the area.
Originally from Leicester in England, Laurie spent years exploring the world trying to find his dream home and girl, and was lucky enough to find them both four years ago, here in Niseko. Initially working as a private ski instructor he has transferred his communication and language skills from the hill to the office, starting full time at MnK in the summer of 2015. Niseko is a place he feels he can indulge in his passions; outdoor sports, food and photography.
Odajima is originally from Ebetsu just north of Sapporo. He worked in the restaurant service industry for 10 years and moved to Niseko 13 years ago. Looking to escape the busy city, he loves the space and outdoors, and enjoys getting out to go hiking. In summer, you'll likely find Odajima setting off for another camping and trekking adventure.
Yama is formerly from Wakayama prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. His appreciation for Niseko stems from Mt. Yotei and the Shiribetsu river. Gaining experience in a number of fields before joining the MnK team some 8 years ago, he more recently worked with the social welfare council in Rusutsu. As well as this, Yama owns his own business. Considered a legendary fly fisherman amongst the MnK team, Yama hopes to one day visit the unexplored wilderness of Kamchatka for a fishing exploration.
Originally from Saitama Prefecture in Japan, Tsuchida is no stranger to travel. Having lived and worked in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Tsuchida now calls Niseko home. His desire to live a simpler and quieter life, surrounded by nature is what drew him to Niseko and has kept him here. When he isn’t providing maintenance and support to MnK houses, he enjoys snowboarding and skateboarding. As a skilled carpenter, he hopes to one day build his very own house.