Dates back to the 2016 Rio Olympics…
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Several paradigm shifting, profound and serendipitous moments at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio inspired our Founder to dig deeper to understand cultural differences between the US and Japan, the Olympic Movement, and how people travel between the East and West.
Six months later, Lauren moved across the United States to begin conversations with Team USA as they travel, engage and interact with Japan. She saw an opportunity to help the team integrate, be more aware, sensitive and respectful leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Along the way she met many Americans interested in traveling to Japan, but had no idea where to start.
Now, with a growing team, portfolio of clients, trips back to Japan, and hyperlocal connections, ZI is changing the way athletes, businesses, artists, and travelers think, approach and engage not only with Japan, but with themselves and the world.
WE ARE ON A MISSION
To inspire all individuals to enhance their own cross-cultural awareness and global travels by changing the way they explore, engage, and immerse in the rich depths of not only Japan, but the world.
Lauren Zelek · Founder & CEO
Tanner Smith · Executive Assistant
Dane Niemczura · Marketing Intern
Koko Awaya · Tokyo Guide
Lauren Power · Tokyo Guide
Nicholas Jackson · Tokyo Guide