From the Rubble: One man emerges from disaster as a dedicated traveler

When Fukushima, Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake, Kiminari’s home was destroyed, and his view on life forever altered. Until the age of thirty-five, Kiminari had never been abroad, and was satisfied to explore the world via the Internet. After the earthquake, he decided to go travel the world for real.

“On TV I saw that many people died, and although my town was okay, it made me realize that life only happens once.”

Airbnb was his ticket to local experiences in 38 different countries, over 200 days. He now understands the world better, knows how big it really is, and wants to see more. Kiminari feels the most important thing about traveling is the journey itself—above all, he values the local experience.

“If I chose a hotel, I could not meet the local people. With Airbnb, I met with locals who could teach me about their lives and about their traditions... Having these real experiences is my treasure.”

Kiminari values connecting with hosts over dinner or uncovering hidden neighborhood gems. Once happy to stay in Japan for life, he now represents the adventurous traveler who, like many, chooses Airbnb as a way to embed himself in different cultures when on the road.


Kiminari’s home is filled with maps, globes, and guides to places he’s traveled—as well as those he plans to visit in the future.

Kiminari’s home is filled with maps, globes, and guides to places he’s traveled—as well as those he plans to visit in the future.


Forever changed by his experiences abroad, Kiminari is ready for his next adventure.

Forever changed by his experiences abroad, Kiminari is ready for his next adventure.

Airbnb teams up with local directors and photographers to bring these stories to life. Thanks to Masaru Goto for capturing this story.


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