We’re an Anglo-Japanese-Canadian family living on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands where the St Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario, just opposite Kingston. Kayo came from Japan and met David at Newcastle University in the north of England. After spending time in both Britain and Japan, they moved to Canada together in 2009, and Francis Katsu was born just afterwards.
Kayo has an Architecture degree, and a Masters and Doctorate in Planning, and is a Community Development academic and activist specializing in remote rural and island communities. She’s also been a member of the Japan Permaculture Association.
David works in the Sociology Department at Queen’s University, and researches surveillance in cities around the world – his work website is over here – but he also has a Masters in Rural Resources and Countryside Management and studied permaculture in England under the late and much missed, Patrick Whitefield.
We had talked about building an ecologically sustainable house together since we met, and now we’ve finally done it!