The only question is “how can I do this better?”

Over the years I’ve worked hard at my craft. Honing my skills, failing, and trying again… over and over for constant improvement — forever.

Chad Thiele, Founder, TokyoSpark

I’m Chad Thiele. I’m an Iowa boy who came to Japan way back in 1996 with the U.S. Air Force. Yea, I know… I had never imagined as a boy growing up in Iowa that I would ever move to Japan.

I spent 8 years in the service, all of it here in Tokyo. I’ve long since separated but continue working on a military installation here (as a side note, the U.S. Air Force and DoD are not affiliated with TokyoSpark in any way).

You may be asking why that’s important.

It gives me a unique perspective. I’ve lived in Tokyo as if I’m a visitor for over 22 years now.

Being a part of the military community here means I work in a completely English speaking environment and explore Tokyo like a tourist every weekend and holiday break I get.

My work affords me freedom

I work a job that gives me enormous flexibility. I get to adventure out, find new things, almost any day — especially weekends.

The job doesn’t micromanage me, keep me late hours, or steal my weekends — at least, not usually.

Everyone has stopped working by hand.

With AI, robotics, algorithms and who knows what’s next… people are starting to work less by hand.

Not here.

On TokyoSpark I hand-craft every entry. I personally review for quality, cleanup the rough edges, and add just the right amount of extra insight and research to make every piece of information truly helpful for you — without adding a ton of bulk to sift through.