Ruthy Kanagy was born in Tokyo and grew up bilingual on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. After graduating from Christian Academy in Tokyo and finishing college and graduate school in the United States, Ruthy taught English and Japanese language and culture for many years in Japan and the United States. She also translated a Japanese children’s book, The Park Bench.
In 2000, she discovered the joy of cycling and solo-toured Hokkaido, the “Alaska” of Japan, tracing her childhood roots. The mountains, caldera lakes, hot springs, seacoast, and wildflowers were just as she remembered.
Currently, Ruthy works as Asia sales rep for Bike Friday, manufacturer of custom folding travel bicycles (www.bikefriday.com). On the side, she organizes bicycle tours to Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kyoto, and the Seto Inland Sea through Japan Cycle Tours LLC.
Her passions include reading, writing poetry, working in the garden, and learning new languages – currently, French and Korean – in hopes of touring those countries by bicycle when she retires.