| 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 ...

Fish master Tatsuo Ichikawa

| 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 ...

Translator Kiyoko Zaborszky

| Jul 23, 2009

Translator Kiyoko Zaborszky

Kiyoko Zaborszky, 83, is a translator with a reputation for picking winners. She’s worked on books with positive messages that help readers deal with difficult and often controversial issues such as adoption, organ donation, disease and dying. In a career spanning four decades, Zaborszky ...

'Yakult Lady' Chie Takamizawa

| Jun 25, 2009

"Yakult Lady" Chie Takamizawa

Chie Takamizawa, 30, is a “Yakult Lady” in downtown Tokyo. A mother of two boys, aged 8 and 9, she first got on her delivery bicycle when her second baby turned 8 months old. With almost eight years of speeding through alleys and avenues, ...

Executive Pastry Chef Shinsuke Nakajima

| Jun 11, 2009

Executive Pastry Chef Shinsuke Nakajima

Shinsuke Nakajima, 50, is the Executive Pastry Chef at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo. Nakajima’s delicious creations earned him star status long before he led the Japanese team to the top at the International Patisserie Grand Prix 2009 in Tokyo this March. His ...

Keiko Aoki

| May 28, 2009

Keiko Aoki

Keiko Aoki, is the founder of Altesse, a New York consultancy firm, and the owner of an eponymous U.S. catering company that specializes in Japanese home cooking. Bitten by the business bug from the minute she flew to the Big Apple in 1985, Aoki’s ...

Actor/talent agent Eido Sumiyoshi

| May 14, 2009

Actor/talent agent Eido Sumiyoshi

Eighty-four-year-old Eido Sumiyoshi — aka Eddie Mohandas Sabnani, Eddie Arab, and Eddie Staire — is an actor and the founder of E-promotion, one of Japan’s first talent agencies specializing in foreign models and actors. The son of an Indian businessman and a Japanese interpreter, ...

Serial blood donor Wataru Takekuma

| Apr 23, 2009

Serial blood donor Wataru Takekuma

Wataru Takekuma, 36, is a government worker in Toyama Prefecture’s Kurobe City. With a population of 43,000, Kurobe is one of the four areas in Japan that made it to the 2008 UNESCO list of the 12 most abundant subsurface water resources in Asia. ...

Tenkai Tsunami

| Apr 9, 2009

Tenkai Tsunami

Tenkai Tsunami, 24, is the World Boxing Association (WBA) female super flyweight world champion, a title she earned after only four years of training with Toshihiro Yamaki, who introduced women’s boxing to Japan in 1999. At 160 cm and 52 kg, Tsunami is a ...