Writer / Bohemian
Ayumu Takahashi is a modern-day bohemian born in Tokyo in 1972.
Inspired by the movie Cocktail he quit university at age 20 and set up an American-inspired bar ROCKWELL’S with his friends, expanding a further three bars over the course of two years.
At age 23 he left management of the bars to his friends to free up his life. He established Sanctuary Publishing to publish his bestselling autobiography Every day is an Adventure and numerous other popular literary works.
At 26 he married the love of his life, Sayaka, and handed management of his publishing company to friends to once again chase his dreams. Three days after their wedding, the couple set of on a two-year global adventure taking them from Antarctica to the Arctic and dozens of countries in between.
In 2001 he moved to Okinawa and set up Beach Rock Village, a self-sufficient nature village brimming with music, art and adventure. He also continued with his writing, establishing publishing companies in Tokyo and New York while simultaneously working on a range of projects around the globe including establishing restaurants and guest houses in Tokyo, Fukushima, New York, Bali, India and Jamaica, and founding free schools for impoverished children in India and Jamaica.
In 2008, to mark their 10th wedding anniversary, the family of four set off around the world in a campervan. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the adventure was put on hold so he could return to Japan and establish a volunteer village in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The center has accommodated a total of over 20,000 volunteers and continues to support reconstruction of the region through various projects centered in Ishinomaki and Fukushima.
In 2013 the family moved to the “Big Island” of Hawaii, bringing their four-year global adventure to a close.
His literary works have sold a total of over two million copies and have been published in Korea, Taiwan, and numerous English-speaking countries.