BLANCO is a Japanese word for “SWING”

Hi ! We are Hiromi and Nick based in Byron Bay Australia who are like kids on a Swing (blanco) trying to enjoy a simple and healthy lifestyle.

Many of you have seen a kid play on a swing.
Or even remember yourself playing on it when you were young ( or you might still play on it ! )

The idea that something so simple can generate an enormous amount of joy and the innocent laughter it creates. That sensation of freedom.

When was the last time you felt so free?
The last time you really just enjoyed life without worry?
The last time that you focused on the joy you felt in a moment, rather than worrying about when the moment would end?

We all used to be that kid.
What happened ?

As we get older, we get consumed in our busy complex life, worrying about work, health, money, relationships and so many stuff that we accumulate.

But we believe life must be lived as play.
The world is a playground and life is pushing our swings to feel the freedom and be open to simply enjoy life like we all felt when we were kids

BLANCO also translates to WHITE, suggesting that our life is like a white empty canvas and it is up to us as individuals of what colors, textures and shapes we want to add to it!

Our mission is to connect people and act as a liaison with local businesses, communities and people who have similar passions and shared interests to create a pleasurable, inspirational and memorable experience for all parties

We provide unique travel and cultural experiences for the conscious minded individuals. We love connecting with local communities true way of life within their natural environment. We aspire to offer an authentic approach of understanding new cultures and sustainable living practices in order to nurture ourselves and our planet.

HIROMI SHIBASAKI

After graduating from Sophia University in Japan (BA Psychology), she joined the highly competitive leadership training program at GE Capital where she worked for 5 years in various positions such as structured financing,asset management, sales, marketing and corporate citizenship.

She developed her entrepreneurial spirit along the way and it was from her experience working in the corporate world which led her to realize where her true passions lay. This was to create a lifestyle based around surfing, traveling, conscious eating, cooking and environmental sustainability.

In 2006 she co-founded the first Japanese/English bilingual green blog and venture business ” greenz.jp “ to educate individuals, organizations, institutions and corporations with practical solutions and strategies to promote sustainability.

Her passion for sustainability grew and led her to host a weekly 3 hour live national Japanese radio program and gave many public talks nationally and internationally on topics including environmental issues, ocean conservation, women’s rights, surfing tourism and sustainability. She has over 15 years experiencing managing business,  working with NGOs , charity organizations and community groups in assisting them with media planning, PR , marketing , campaign planning, event management.

But something didn’t quite fulfill her at home. She felt there was a greater purpose in life, somewhere away from home that she could be true to herself and . In 2015,  she has set on a new adventure to pursue her dreams with a move to Byron Bay to create the life she has desired for so long.

When she is out of the water and not in front of a computer, she uses her creativity in cooking. She is a qualified chef,  runs a small macrobiotic catering business and workshops , cooking classes – HIROMIX KITCHEN to share simple, healthy, wholesome and seasonal Japanese cuisine based on Macrobiotic principles. She is also a certified yoga teacher having completed her RYT200 at Byron Yoga Center. Her love for food is largely fueled by her passion for healthy clean and sustainable lifestyle,

Her passion is connecting people . Her recent projects in Byron Bay are Radio Presenter for local community radio Bay FM running a monthly Japanese show and managing the local Japanese community platform  Byron Bay Japanese to share the rich Japanese culture .

NICK COGHLAN

Nick grew up by the ocean on the east coast of Australia. From an early age he started surfing and was given scholarships at the High Performance Centre for Surfing. Over his career he has trained under the best coaches within Australia and went on to be a Professional Surfer traveling the world on the ASP World Qualifying Series.

In order to be able to compete at the highest, elite level, Yoga and Martial Arts became his passion as he could see that the fundamentals of surfing are the same as these age old arts.

Nick’s approach to coaching is to focus on surfing as a whole. Starting with a strong emphasis on understanding the ocean, building specific surfing fitness and confidence in the water. Then finally working on the actual technique and body mechanics of surfing. Nick has coached and taught people of all levels, from complete beginners to professional surfers.

Throughout all his travels around the globe, it was Japan that stole his heart. His affection for the Japanese people, their culture and amazing waves led him to live in Shikoku, Hakuba and Chiba for 2 years. He has also travelled throughout Japan on many surfing expeditions. In 2011 he coached the Japanese Team at the World Junior Championships in Narrabeen, Australia.

He is also a trained professional lifeguard so you should feel a sense of safety when under his tutorial.

He has also worked in the high end hospitality industry working on private and chartered Super Yachts based primarily out of the US and Europe over the past 7 Years.