Gianni Simone

Gianni Simone is a mail artist, zinester and general troublemaker from Italy. When not taking pictures of Tokyo police boxes, he writes on all things Japanese for Vogue Italia, Zoom Japan, and other assorted publications. Together with Randy Osborne, he co-authored the book “Made of This.”

For Gianni Simone's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokyo's bookworms find readers' paradise in used bookstores

Dec 24, 2011

Tokyo's bookworms find readers' paradise in used bookstores

First of two parts In these fast times of visual candy, instant gratification and attention-deficit disorder, how can book lovers pursue their "slow food for thought" pleasure while avoiding both Amazon.com and the impersonal big chain bookstores? For foreigners who live in or around Tokyo ...

The joy of <em>taiko</em> and cultural exchange

Oct 15, 2011

The joy of taiko and cultural exchange

The booming noise coming up from the basement of the British School in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, is a more visceral version of the magic flute: It's just impossible to resist its charm. You follow the deep, thumping beat down a flight of stairs and ...

Gelato master in Kamakura serves it the old-fashioned way

Jul 30, 2011

Gelato master in Kamakura serves it the old-fashioned way

According to Japanese popular wisdom, no matter how small your project or enterprise is, if it's really good people will eventually take notice. This seems to be especially true for anything food-related: In a country in which every conversation seems to lead to food talk, ...

Don Morton raises a mug to bicycles and cold beer

Jul 9, 2011

Don Morton raises a mug to bicycles and cold beer

Film buffs may know American Don Morton for the reviews he writes for Metropolis magazine. During a recent interview in his apartment, though, he mostly talked about bicycles. In fact the 67-year-old native of San Francisco is the founder of the Tokyo-based Half-Fast cycling ...

Worldly duo took chance on Japan, find beachhead

Jun 11, 2011

Worldly duo took chance on Japan, find beachhead

Ask Alana and Michel Bonzi where they are from and their first answer is they are citizens of the world. Married 14 years, their relationship has spanned four countries and three languages on three different continents. Alana, 46, is a university lecturer, writer and business consultant. ...

Finding fulfillment the hard way through NGOs, activism

May 14, 2011

Finding fulfillment the hard way through NGOs, activism

The tiny Amnesty International Japan headquarters is hidden on the fourth floor of a nondescript building in a dull business district not far from Ochanomizu, in central Tokyo. You would think they should at least fly their bright yellow banner from their windows to advertise ...