Benjamin Martin was born in Phoenix, Arizona where he was first introduced to Japanese Culture when his family hosted a children's choir member from Japan. Later, he began studying Japanese in High School and at the University of Arizona. He joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme in 2008 and has been living and teaching in Okinawa ever since. His manuscript was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. He also won the Tarumi Kengo Prize for Japanese Transocean Air's 2012 Coralway Photo Competition for his photography.
His experiences working with students on small islands has greatly influenced his writing and strengthened his desire to help promote communication and exchange between East and West. He blogs regularly on Japanese culture on http://morethingsjapanese.com
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