Martyna Jackowska Umeda

English Content Director


New Yorker living in Tokyo. I work as an English teacher and help create new educational content like applications and textbooks. Additionally, I'm very excited to be currently working as an English Content Director for and I hope to introduce people to many great places to visit when the Covid-19 pandemic finishes.

I like video games, anime, travel and adventure, and creating something new.

Studio Ghibli's "Ponyo": Visit Tomonoura, the Historic Seaside Town in Hiroshima

Studio Ghibli released "Ponyo" in 2008, and it went on to be the fifth-highest-grossing anime film of all time, likely due to it's memorable characters, light story, and gorgeous scenery depicting a small port city. If you have been longing to see the beautiful cliffs and azure ocean waters of "Ponyo" then you have come to the right place!

Studio Ghibli's "My Neighbor Totoro": Truth, Fantasy, and Travel in Saitama, Japan

Hayao Miyazaki created "My Neighbor Totoro" for Studio Ghibli in 1988, and the rest was history. The movie was an international success, a cult classic, and Ghibli magic forever found its way into the hearts of millions of fans. In this article we will take a closer look at "My Neighbor Totoro"; the setting, the time period, and the characters.