- Japan Travel Writing -

Based between London and East Asia, I specialise in Japan-based travel writing and travel guides. I also write about translated Japanese literature, film, food, and culture. Welcome to my portfolio which includes some of my photography and writing work. I also manage an award-winning travel and literature blog Books and Bao, we currently receive 30,000 viewers per month and are growing fast.

You can find out more about me and what I offer here or you view some of my photography.

To commission an article, contact me using the form at the bottom of the page.

Jessica Esa Portfolio
Japan Objects

Tango Chirimen: 7 Best Places Along Kyoto’s Silk Road

One of the first places to go if you want to learn about silk production, and to see the undyed fabric and raw silk being made, is Tayuh Textile. There, you can take one of their free factory tours. Within this building they do everything from making the threads from silk cocoons and dyeing the fabrics to manufacturing and selling the fabrics; it all happens here. It takes 3,000 silk cocoons to make a single kimono so the level of work undertaken here, and the dedication to the craft and its me
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Savvy Tokyo

Urahara: The Best Of Harajuku's Hidden Backstreets

From art galleries to vintage shopping and artisanal coffee shops, Harajuku is an area to truly get lost in. Nestled within Shibuya Ward, the first time most of us set foot in Harajuku was because we’d heard a word of quirky fashion and multi-colored desserts, perhaps had listened to Gwen Stefani too much in the noughties or had gone in search of idol-based shopping. Takeshita-dori certainly has its appeal but most of us also know that the true culture of Harajuku is best found off the main tra
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Tokyo Grave
ANA Intercontinental Tokyo
Ine, Kyoto
Kyoto Silk

Japan Travel Articles

Japanese Film Festival

The world of Japanese saké as seen in Kampai! For the Love of Sake

Anyone who has tried good sake (pronounced sah-keh) can attest to the initial simplicity behind the drink giving way to depth and flavor. Drinking sake is an ancient tradition amongst the Japanese people, and can be found mentioned as far back as the 3rd century. Sake, or nihonshu (literally, Japanese liquor) as it is known in Japan, is very much intertwined with the culture of Japan, and is considered one of the country’s national beverages. Fascination with nihonshu is growing throughout the
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Japan Art & Culture Articles

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