A child of the mountain deserts of New Mexico, an adolescent of the flat lands of rural/suburban North Texas, and a descendant of families which settled in both, Kat Callahan describes herself as a “New Mexi-Texan.”

A childhood of Starblazers (Space Battleship Yamato), Robotech (SDF Macross), and Sailor Moon, gave rise to her 14-year-old prediction she would one day move to Japan. Ten years later, she did. Where her adventures have taken her into Japanese schools as both teacher and student in five prefectures, plus Tokyo.

A long time journalist, she has most recently written for Jezebel, Jalopnik, and AnimeNow and contributed to four textbooks. Her favorite series is Kimagure Orange Road, and she is in the process of naturalising to Japan.

Follow her @JezebelKat on Twitter. Tip her or hire her for words words words at: katcallahan@protonmail.com