Name: Kirsty Munro
Position: Senior Producing Editor
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Favorite foods: Yakiniku, pickles, cheese, coffee — anything strong or salty
After freelancing with FunkyCorp for the last four years starting with the Visit Nara site, Kirsty finally took the plunge, joining the content team full-time this year. As office “mum”, she’s a patient listener, administering timely chocolates and corny jokes when needed. Her energy comes from bouncing ideas around with her team members and countless cups of coffee.
After completing her Masters in Journalism in London, Kirsty returned to Sydney as fashion news editor of Vogue Australia, followed by stints at publications in Australia and the Middle East, including an unlikely turn as the editor of a fitness magazine “I suggested we do a story on healthy breakfasts including bacon, and the staff nutritionist was horrified”. A work trip to Japan 10 years ago made her fall in love with the country and she packed up her laptop and headed to Tokyo permanently. After the usual mix of teaching English and freelancing for travel magazines, newspapers and corporate clients, she joined FunkyCorp. Switching to a full-time job again wasn’t as hard as it sounds: “I get to enjoy my weekends again! Working for yourself means it’s very hard to clock off. Plus, the espresso machine at FunkyCorp is top notch.”
When she’s not working, she’s catching a rugby game at Chichibunomiya Stadium near the office, exploring Tokyo’s third wave coffee shops or planning her next trip. She recently moved to the East side, specifically for its coffee, craft beer and art scene. “I’ve been a bit lax about going to the gym lately, so I’ve started walking home from the city, discovering all the amazing waterways that criss-cross Tokyo. I feel like I live in the best neighbourhood of the best city in the world!”