Photographer/filmmaker Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

| Dec 10, 2009

Photographer/filmmaker Kiyotaka Tsurisaki

Kiyotaka Tsurisaki, 42, is a photographer and mondo filmmaker who specializes in shots of corpses. Since 1994, he has taken photos of over 1,000 dead bodies, often chasing police cars to scenes of crimes, accidents and suicides in such countries as Thailand, Russia and ...

Cable guy Yasushi Sano

| Nov 26, 2009

Cable guy Yasushi Sano

Yasushi Sano, 30, is a “cable guy” living and working in Tokyo. By his estimates, over the past six years, he has installed cable TV into about fives homes a day, averaging 25 hook-ups a week, 100 a month and 1,200 a year, bringing ...

Tokyo Girls Collection producer Ayako Nagaya

| Oct 22, 2009

Tokyo Girls Collection producer Ayako Nagaya

Ayako Nagaya, 37, is the president of F1 Media Inc. and the chief producer of Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC), a semiannual entertainment extravaganza showcasing Japanese street fashion, music and a myriad of products, from instant noodles to cars. Staged in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Stadium, this ...

Nissan Chuzousho President Shunichiro Tsuji

| Oct 8, 2009

Nissan Chuzousho President Shunichiro Tsuji

Shunichiro Tsuji, 62, is president of Nissan Chuzousho Ltd., Japan’s last surviving beigoma maker, located in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture. Beigoma are small cast-iron spinning tops that are spun in a game that has been a favorite with kids and grown-ups in Japan for ...

Asahi Breweries advisor Takanori Nakajo

| Sep 24, 2009

Asahi Breweries advisor Takanori Nakajo

Takanori Nakajo, 82, is the honorary adviser of Asahi Breweries Ltd., one of Japan’s leading beer and beverage makers. From “boy Friday” in 1952, Nakajo worked seven days a week until his official retirement as chairman in 1994. He poured all of his energy ...

| Sep 24, 2009

Asahi Breweries advisor Takanori Nakajo

Takanori Nakajo, 82, is the honorary adviser of Asahi Breweries Ltd., one of Japan’s leading beer and beverage makers. From “boy Friday” in 1952, Nakajo worked seven days a week until his official retirement as chairman in 1994. He poured all of his energy ...

Tour guide Shinobu Nimura

| Sep 10, 2009

Tour guide Shinobu Nimura

Shinobu Nimura, 50, is an experienced tour guide who organizes long-distance bus journeys through Asia, Africa and South America. His tours take one to two months and cover vast territories. In 25 years, he has clocked up an incredible 280,000 km on buses, the ...

| Sep 10, 2009

Tour guide Shinobu Nimura

Shinobu Nimura, 50, is an experienced tour guide who organizes long-distance bus journeys through Asia, Africa and South America. His tours take one to two months and cover vast territories. In 25 years, he has clocked up an incredible 280,000 km on buses, the ...

Publisher Yumiko Tsukuda

| Aug 27, 2009

Publisher Yumiko Tsukuda

Yumiko Tsukuda, 45, is the founder of Anika Co. Ltd., a publishing house in Tokyo, that prints books about the town and residents of Tsukuda on Tsukishima Island. Originally from Chiba, Yumiko moved to Tsukuda in 1998, partly because the town shares her last ...

| Aug 13, 2009

Fish master Tatsuo Ichikawa

Tatsuo Ichikawa, 69, is an English-speaking volunteer tour guide and an expert on all things fishy in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish market. He’s not only a serious history buff, but also an osakana meister (fish master), whose mission is to educate the public on the ...