Brian first visited Japan in autumn 2005. He loved it so much he went back five months later for cherry blossom season and has returned regularly ever since, including recent trips with his young children.
In addition to more than a decade of Japan travel planning, he has been a fundraiser, speechwriter, and New York City jazz critic. He also is the family genealogist, plays classical piano, and his Japanese is coming along.
Brian lives with his wife, a documentary film producer, and their children in New York City, not far from where his great-grandfather settled after emigrating from Ireland in 1883.