Alma is currently a freelance writer, editor, English instructor, and graphic/layout designer based in Tokyo, Japan. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, studied Computer Graphic Design at the University of California Berkeley, and received her Master's degree in Product Design & Design Management at the Kyoto Institute of Technology.
Having lived in the Philippines, the U.S., Japan, Senegal, and France, she has acquired a deep interest in foreign languages. Alongside two years of compulsory education in Spanish during her university years, she took up Japanese language studies at the Japanese Embassy in Manila, Soko Gakuen Japanese language school in San Francisco, and at Osaka University of Foreign Studies. During her two years of residence in Dakar, Senegal, she began to take up French. She continued her French studies at the L’Institut de Langue Française in Paris, where she resided for three years. It was also in Paris where she first began to learn the Italian language at the Istituto Cultura. Her fondness for Italy and its culture has grown tremendously throughout the years and encouraged her to further pursue Italian language studies in Italy yearly from 2016~2018, at the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci and DILIT Language School, both in Rome. She hopes to continue this endeavour in the years to come.
Inspired by writing, languages and art and design, she is also an avid music enthusiast having studied piano for about ten years. Her passion for music and concerts led to her involvement in organizing live music events, particularly for foreign musicians coming to Japan. She has also interviewed a wide range of distinguished musicians worldwide.
As a writer and editor both during and after her work at Graphic-Sha Publications in Tokyo, she has published over thirty titles on art, graphic design, crafts, photography, architecture, culinary arts, and related fields. Her interests include the aforementioned areas, as well as brush calligraphy, film, theatre, books, poetry, travel, yoga, cycling, retro, boats, horses, wine, Italian, Spanish and Japanese food, and exploring all the elements of life.
One of her favourite quotes:
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
Past and Current Publications:
Selected books under Graphic-sha Publications, Tokyo.