Mari was born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan.

She has a passion for travel and has travelled the breadth of Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa and expanded her horizons by venturing overseas to the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, the USA as well as other Asian countries. Her passion led to her dream that one day she would be able to take Japanese people overseas as a tour coordinator.

Instead, she came to Melbourne to study Tourism Management and learn more about western culture. Mari has recently also been working at a
Catholic primary school. At Passport Travel she now enjoys organising tours for Australian students to experience her homeland
of Japan.