Our Team

The people that make Niche Japan happen.


Chris Nilghe

Founder, Niche Japan

Director of TDR Explorer

Chris is one of the founders of Niche Japan and is a self-proclaimed Disney & Theme Park fan. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada with a BSc. Computer Science. Has been living in Japan for over 3 years after deciding to venture Japan on a Working Holiday.

After 6 years of working in the tech industry, Chris decided to take his technical knowledge, love of Disney Theme Parks, and sense of adventure to further TDR Explorer as the source for Disney Parks in Asia.

Photo by MaFelipe/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by MaFelipe/iStock / Getty Images

Satoshi toyoshima

Creative Director

Satoshi is an editorial designer with more than twenty years of experience in U.S and Japanese newspapers. He graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a M.A. in News Editorial. He was recognised by Society for News Design (SND) and won numerous awards on infographics and editorial design.

He decided to leave the newspaper industry after two decades and seek an opportunity to boost inbound business through visual communication.

John McCracken

Founder, Niche Japan

Director of Beer Beer Beer

John McCracken is a founder of Niche Japan and a lover of good beer. A graduate of Waseda University and living in Japan for over 12 years, he has always shared his interest in Japan and the connections history has with modern culture.

While managing multiple bars in Tokyo, John was involved in the Japanese craft beer scene and has since wanted to take his knowledge and experience to the masses.