Dru was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, a multicultural city rich in natural beauty. By 2005, he decided to pick up and move to Tokyo which has been his home ever since.
Tokyo, a large metropolis of over 30 million people, provided an exciting and challenging new adventure for Dru. Having a travel bug in him, he set out to explore Tokyo in the first 6 months of his life in Tokyo. He explored every corner of Tokyo and got lost hundreds of times where he gathered a vast knowledge of Tokyo. He was able to explore more areas of Tokyo than most local residents. This did not stop in the first 6 months as he continues to explore and re-explore the changing streets of Tokyo every day.
As an avid explorer, Dru set the goal to visit every Prefecture (State) of Japan before he could leave Japan. With this in mind, he set out to accomplish his mission. He has currently accomplished over half of this goal and continues to expand on this. He has explored Japan via every mode of transportation you can imagine from hiking up Mt. Fuji; to cycling along the rivers in Tokyo; to taking the train to Osaka to get some great food; to riding a motorcycle and driving a car in Japan’s beautiful countryside; to flying to Hokkaido to see the great famous Snow Festival.
Through these experiences, Dru’s love of Japan has grown with each trip. He continues to share these experiences with his blog on HinoMaple: Dru’s Misadventures. He also wants to help you have a memorable and enjoyable experience in Japan through HinoMaple’s Guidebook and their personal concierges.