Born in Tokyo in 1974. Currently resides in Kanagawa Prefecture.
He began skin dive fishing since he was a university student. After graduating, he traveled around the country studying the works of local fishermen with the notion that “if there’s an ocean I can dive in, I can survive.”
After discovering sea kayaking, he came up with the theme “What are the lives like for people that live close to sea?” and began the “Great Seaman Project” in 2002, a journey to travel the island-studded sea from Australia to Japan by relying only on human power.
He holds multiple voyage records including becoming the first person to cross between the Philippines and the Taiwan Strait (2007).
In 2005, he opened his rowing and skin diving shop “Churanasia” in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, to provide guests with an experience that “goes 10 centimeters beyond their expectations”. From 2011, he began a “Marine Pilgrimage” to visit fishing villages around Japan and from 2014, he began the “Jabu Jabu” activity that strives to recover waterfronts for people living in urban areas.