Dan Asenlund was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1981, but quickly dreamed himself away and longed for bigger adventures. He spent a year in Detroit, Michigan, in high school and later moved back to the United States to pursue a degree in Journalism at the University of Oregon. He ended up not only double-majoring in Japanese, but developed a life-long passion for all things Japanese. He first set foot in the land of the rising sun in 2004 as an exchange student in Tokyo and later came back to work as an English teacher in Saga, Kyushu, between 2007-09.
Dan then moved to Tokyo to pursue acting, and he appeared in several TV shows both as an actor and as an expert on Swedish culture. In 2009 he moved to Seoul, South Korea, to work as a screenwriter and feature film producer. He is now dividing his time between Tokyo and Stockholm, working as a translator, screenwriter for TV and freelance journalist for The Japan Times, Metropolis Magazine and other publications.
His short film Four Degrees of Jonas Rydell was an Official Selection at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2011 and at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in 2012. His documentary When West Meets East: The Life and Legacy of Gertrude Bass Warner was nominated for a Student Emmy (Northwest Chapter) in 2007.
Dan on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3841576/
Dan on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user7854275
Dan on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Oregondanne
Dannes Japanblogg (Swedish language blog about Japan and Korea): http://dannesjapanblogg.blogspot.com/
Interview in Eastlit Magazine: http://www.eastlit.com/eastlit-may-2014/eastlit-may-2014-content/dan-asenlund/
Whale-watching off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, June, 1999