About Ana Costa

About Ana Costa

Ana Costa is the lead author and owner of Japanhorizon.com.
Her main goal is to help people discover the culture and the uniqueness of Japan, and help you plan your ideal trip to Japan without spending weeks on research.






My Passion



My passion for Japan started when I was a little girl, but I didn’t realize it was my passion until late. At the age of 7, I started drawing anime for fun. I was in love with all the Japanese anime I saw every day. This passion drove my parents crazy because I used to pause our old VHS recorder during anime to capture the image and make a drawing at the same time 🙂

I continued drawing for a decade or so, but the rush of my active life made me stop this hobby for a while.

Reading books about Japan, though, as always been a pleasure. I read everything I can about Japan, from books to specialized blogs, and I also watch every documentary I find about Japan. I follow dozens of YouTube channels about Japan and I spend my TV time watching NHK World.

Now, my passion as evolved and I also try to learn Japanese by myself. I’m using some mobile apps and some cool websites to make it easier, but it is still a huge challenge.

I started Japanhorizon.com in 2019 when a good friend told me to share my passion to help others. He was right. A passion deserves to be shared and if you can help others along the way, it is even better!


My Story



I was born in Portugal and spent all my youth there. In 2006, I decided to travel and see other countries and I ended up in France, where I’m living at the present moment. 

I have my family with me: a loving husband and a wonderful 4-year-old boy, the best thing that ever happened to me. Our small family also counts 2 other members: Osiris and Baia, our hilarious cats. 

I spend a lot of my time at work, but when I get home all I can think of is my family and Japan.

As you can see, I have a pretty normal life.

My next big project is to take my son on a trip to Japan to show him the wonders of this amazing country.