I am a professional journalist with international experience. I speak fluent Japanese and English. I graduated from Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice in Japanese Language and Literature. I lived in Tokyo for about ten years but now I live and work in Milan. On November 25, 2016, I received the Umberto Agnelli Prize for Journalism, awarded each year by the Italy-Japan Foundation to journalists who distinguish themselves in communicating Japan to Italy and Italy to Japan.
I write about society, current affairs, culture, food, fashion, design and lifestyle in relation to contemporary Japan for national and international publications. My articles appeared in La Repubblica, Il Messaggero, Repubblica.it, D la Repubblica delle Donne, L’Espresso, Limes, GQ, Casa Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Japan Times, East and others. A selection of my publications is available on my website. I am Vice Director of ArteCibo the international website, edited by Verona’s publishing house “l’Informatore Agrario”.
On October 20, 2016, Edizioni Gribaudo published “The Traditional Sushi”, book that concludes my personal trilogy dedicated to sushi, flat symbol of Japanese culinary culture. The trilogy I edited includes also “The Sushi”, published in 2013 and released with the DVD “Jiro and the Art of Sushi” for the Real Cinema Feltrinelli series; “The Art of Sushi,” published in June 2015 by Gribaudo Editions as an enhanced and illustrated edition of “The Sushi”. “The Art of Sushi” collects unpublished essays written by important names of Italian journalism and by experts on sushi. In November, 2017, “The Ramen Book” was published by Edizioni Gribaudo, expanding my book series about japanese culinary culture.
In October 2016, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Japan, I edited and presented “Japan Talks, understanding Japan”, four meetings about Japanese design, tourism, literature and food, part of the Beautiful Rising Sun project, organized by Mondadori in the Mondadori store in Piazza Duomo in Milan. During Expo 2015, I had the honor of presenting some major international events such as “the Umami Summit in Milan” sponsored by the Ajinomoto company and JJS event (Sake and Shochu Association).
Besides Publishing activities, I work also in the fields of communication consultancy, press and PR office for companies and enterprises, especially in Italy and Japan. I have been the responsible for communication for the Milan Manga Festival and I am in charge of the press office for events in collaboration with institutions such as the ICCJ – Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, international media agencies as Asatsu-DK or Daiko, or Japanese prefectures.
During my stay in Japan, I created and directed the cultural video program “+8, Tales from Tokyo” for Repubblica TV. From 2008 to 2010, I was the editor for the Japanese magazine “Amarena”, Fusosha Co.Ltd. In 2007, I worked as Press Office for the Embassy of Italy in Tokyo for the project Italian Spring. In 2005, I won the scholarship for journalists of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ICCJ), where I was in charge for the press office and communication and the editorial office of the magazine “Viste” from the Chamber. Before starting the journalistic career, I worked in the fashion world for Max Mara, in Italy and in Japan. I won a scholarship in international marketing of the CPV (Veneto Production Center) and worked for Diesel and Gucci.