New York, NY, August 30, 2011-- Over the next 23 days, Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler magazine's "Digital Nomad," will experience life in Japan six months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Evans will chronicle his travels through posts, pictures, video and commentary on NationalGeographic.com's Digital Nomad blog, his Twitter feed @WheresAndrew and his Where's Andrew Facebook page.
"Six months ago, the world saw images of the horrific toll that the earthquake and tsunami took on Japan, but I want to see how it has recovered and what it is like to travel off the beaten path there now," Evans said. "Follow me on Twitter and Facebook and read my Digital Nomad blog to see firsthand and in real time what it is like to live and travel in Japan today."
Evans will chart his own course as he travels through Japan looking for the unexpected, the untold and the weird but true. He will visit Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as smaller towns throughout the country, and gather stories about life, love, adventure, tradition and curiosities in Japan. His community of digital nomads who follow him on Twitter and Facebook will share his travels as he tweets and posts about his adventures every step of the way. On Sept. 11, he will reflect as an American in Japan on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in America as well as the six-month anniversary of the March earthquake in Japan. He will visit the epicenter of the quake to see how life has changed - and how it has stayed the same. He will also undertake an epic one-day tweetathon, as he tweets at 186 miles per hour while traveling virtually the entire length of Japan in a single day on the bullet train. As he travels, he will seek suggestions of places to visit in Japan from his community of fellow digital explorers.
"We are very excited to have Andrew experience the true discovery of the authenticity of Japan, something that is different from any other country in the world," said Ms. Yuki Tanaka, Executive Director of the JNTO office in New York . "People still have the image of Japan being damaged by the earthquake and tsunami, but the truth is that the majority of this beautiful country is unaffected, and people all over Japan are welcoming travelers with great comfort and hospitality. Andrew will be one of the first travelers to see this reality and prove it with his live messages to the rest of the world."
"Andrew Evans is the first true National Geographic digital explorer - the latest in a long line of great Society explorers that dates back more than 120 years," said Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler magazine editor in chief. "By going to Japan, he'll get to dig into one of the world's most fascinating cultures. Expect surprises."
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