Hisayo Takano

| Jan 24, 2006

Hisayo Takano

Hisayo Takano is the owner of Club Akasaka, a hostess bar in Tokyo that many of her customers call the best “clinic” they’ve ever known. It’s where they come to regain their strength. Others compare it to the Shoukasonjuku, because, just like at that ...

Kazuhiko Hachiya

| Jan 10, 2006

Kazuhiko Hachiya

Artist Kazuhiko Hachiya, 39, is president of PetWORKs, a small company with nine employees. According to him, they “do big things in a funny and cute way.” His company is behind the popular mail software PostPet, in which animated characters deliver the mail; the ...

Donald Keene

| Dec 27, 2005

Donald Keene

One of the greatest scholars of Japanese literature, 83-year-old Donald Keene has spent the past 52 years in Japan, with the exception of his time spent teaching at Columbia University in New York, where, in 1986, The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture was ...

Ritsuko 'Ritzie' Kojima

| Dec 13, 2005

Ritsuko "Ritzie" Kojima

Ritsuko “Ritzie” Kojima, 53, has worked as a hospital social worker and interpreter. Ten years ago, she quit her hospital job so she could take care of her ailing mother and her own family. A mother of three sons, she’s a great chef who ...

Kumiko Mori

| Dec 6, 2005

Kumiko Mori

Since 1997, mezzo-soprano Kumiko Mori, 46, has played Madame Thenardier more than 2,000 times in the hugely successful Japanese stage production of “Les Miserables.” A couple of times a week she can be seen on a variety of shows ranging from travel and food ...

Bob Sliwa

| Nov 22, 2005

Bob Sliwa

Bob Sliwa, 50, who hails from Massachusetts, has lived in Japan for 22 years. He is the Advance Design Director at COBO Design Co., Ltd., one of the biggest industrial design firms in Japan, and a judge for the Japan Car of the Year ...

Reiko Ito

| Nov 8, 2005

Reiko Ito

Reiko Ito, age 46, is one of the 75 certified AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) instructors in Japan, a teacher to other trainers and one of the few qualified to lead SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness) classes here. She wants to empower everyone ...

Shoichiro Satake

| Oct 25, 2005

Shoichiro Satake

At 46, Shoichiro Satake, owner of Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, is Japan’s biggest dealer of works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. While more than 3,000 Warhols and 100 Basquiats have passed through his hands, their essence has stayed with him. It is hard ...

Mika Noguchi

| Oct 18, 2005

Mika Noguchi

Peach John has been providing women with sexy and cute lingerie via its catalog and retail business since 1994. Leading this company, which had sales of 16 billion yen last year, is President Mika Noguchi, a woman who is not afraid to bare her ...

Radical Suzuki

| Sep 27, 2005

Radical Suzuki

Radical Suzuki’s playfully risque illustrations have appeared in books, magazines and advertisements. He’s a geek and proud of it. My name is Radical because I’m not. I just wanna be! Especially in the sense that I want to create art that expresses my philosophy, ...