What is Adastra?
Our company name is derived from the Latin phrase ad astra per aspera, meaning “through hardships, to the stars.” Adastra was founded in 2014 by Mikico Tashima and Jason Morgan. We were hoping to avoid the hardships mentioned in the Weren’t expecting as much hardship when we started our company in 2014, but little did we know of the hardships that awaited us.
In 2016, our third year in business, Kumamoto was struck by a series of powerful earthquakes that damaged much of the city and left Kumamoto Castle in a significant state of disrepair. Much of our tourism work had to be put on hold and we struggled, but survived to grow as a company.
Then, in 2020, COVID-19 spread around the world and interrupted demand for multilingual services as both international trade and tourism were deeply affected by the pandemic. But, as we did with the Kumamoto Earthquakes, we intend to work hard to overcome this hardship and keep our sights set ever higher.
Four people make up our core team. Our strength lies in our network of 60+ linguists, most of whom are located in Kumamoto.
Company Name (Japanese):
Company Name (English):
Adastra Co., Ltd.
Mikico Tashima (Representative Director), Jason Morgan (Representative Director)
Founded on: 1/14/2014
Scope of Business:
Translation, interpretation, inbound tourism, local coordination, web/printed material design, consulting