At the time of its founding, the Kim Dao Blog was created as a simple way to digitally document and share a trip to Japan. Kim Dao, the founder of the Kim Dao Blog and a social media influencer of impressive magnitude, quickly learned that her blog could be so much more than an online journal documenting a single trip for friends and family.

The Australian-born Dao has since moved to Japan on an extended basis, due in part to the immense success of her blog and YouTube channel, which has been bolstered by her pervasive presence on a number of social media platforms. In addition to travel, the Kim Dao blog — as well as Dao’s social media accounts and her YouTube channel — offers extensive coverage of subjects that include makeup and fashion, among many others.

1.  What do you do for work?

In addition to my blog, I also produce videos for my YouTube channel and work with quite a few brands on social media marketing campaigns.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Since I began this career mostly by accident, I feel as though the field chose me more than I chose it. Either way, I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work in such a wonderful industry.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I try to ensure everything I share is not just entertaining, but also informative and valuable to my followers.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Western Australia?

Although I plan on staying in Japan for quite a while, I have so many friends and family members in Western Australia that I look forward to seeing every time I have the opportunity to visit. I do intend to move back to Australia to settle down at some point, but I’m not sure when that will be.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to just head out with the goal of exploring a place I have yet to experience, so my recreation is really dependent on whatever I happen to find while I’m out exploring.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

Other than Japan, I would like to spend more time in Western Europe since I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy an extended trip to the region.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I’ve actually considered taking up golf since it is so popular in both Australia and Japan.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Absolutely, and there are quite a few Australians I admire and whose influence is of profound importance to me, but none more so than the members of my family.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Everyone goes to Sydney and New South Wales the first time they visit Australia. My advice is to visit Western Australia instead.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Although I’ve heard some stories about travelers and their odd questions, I do not have one of my own that qualifies as particularly strange or funny.

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