Chad Kohalyk

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👋 Greetings! Let me give you a quick primer about me, and what you can find on this site.

I was born and raised in the Canadian Rockies. I spent most of my 20s in Japan. I was a student, worked in PR at university in Kyoto, and then after finishing grad school in Canada I moved to Nagoya. After a few years there working for Apple Japan I returned to Canada with my family to pursue a career in startups, which was how I spent my 30s. Now I am in my 40s and back in Japan, this time going through another career change as I work on a book.


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Particularly the provincial regions. Kyoto is sort of my “hometown” in Japan, but I don’t want to limit myself to thinking Kyoto == Japan. It does not!


Mostly political, though I have dabbled in other areas.


Both history and practice. I do not belong to any single tradition, and am a total mutt when it comes to my Buddhism.


I have favourites in many leagues around the world, but follow Spurs the closest.

International relations

Particularly Asia. I keep dibs on China and India, but the Pacific periphery countries hold my interest. I wrote my master’s thesis on sea lanes of communication and Japanese energy security.


This is a longtime interest, and is less about the new and sparkly, and more about the intersection with politics.

Better living

This includes minimalism, vegetarianism, urban design, anti-consumerism, etc.


Lived in Vancouver, Kyoto, Kingston (Ontario), Nagoya, and Kelowna. Traveled throughout Asia, from Far East to Far West.

Schooled at UBCRitsRMC, and a little at INSEAD. You can read some of my academic work on Scribd or Academia.edu. I have a couple of published works including a couple of chapters in a book on military theory.

Worked in education, public relations and tech sectors. Spent 5 years at Apple and then 10 in startups. Based on this experience in the tech industry, I have mentored at many events, and even taught digital ethics and entrepreneurship at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Professionally I have done everything from web strategy, PR, brand consulting, workflow consulting, information management, UX, and ran a tech department. I have made many websites and consulted on many more. Years ago I produced the Lining Things Up podcast, and interview of tech people in Western Canada (and Japan!).

Trained at the ShofukanPurebred and Alive.