Rachel & Jun

| Apr 20, 2015

Rachel & Jun

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Husband-and-wife YouTube team Rachel & Jun first started making videos in 2012 as a fun way to keep in touch while they were apart. Now, with over 350,000 subscribers, the Japanese-American couple covers a variety of subjects, from what’s considered overweight in Japan to ...

Ochikeron

| Apr 3, 2015

Ochikeron

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Ochikeron, a Tokyo-based YouTuber, has transformed her kitchen into a studio as she uploads Japanese cooking videos introducing easy and quick-to-prepare recipes for viewers. She began her YouTube channel, which now has close to 600,000 subscribers, right after the Great East Japan Earthquake — ...

Sharla in Japan

| Feb 23, 2015

Sharla in Japan

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Sharla of Sharla in Japan is a 29-year-old, Canadian-born, Tokyo-based “YouTuber” (“That’s what they call it here,” she says). With over 200,000 subscribers to her channel, she documents her life. After regular trips to Japan in her teens and early 20s, Sharla finally settled ...

Spoon & Tamago

| Jan 1, 2013

Spoon & Tamago

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Raised in Japan, the Brooklyn-based artist and writer who goes by the moniker Johnny Strategy has been blogging about Japanese art and design at Spoon & Tamago since 2007. Having studied art education and art and visual technology, he also has a background in ...

Saké Puppets

| Nov 6, 2012

Saké Puppets

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When Minnesota-native Angela Salisbury moved to Tokyo, she ditched the guidebooks and explored the city by crafting. She had always enjoyed sewing, and quickly developed an affinity for a traditional Japanese form of embroidery called sashiko. To display her work, she began posting her ...

Shisaku

| Jul 22, 2012

Shisaku

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Shisaku is a homophone meaning essay, a meditation upon a subject, a policy or measures a government takes. A fitting title for analyst Michael Cucek’s blog which provides insight and opinion on Japanese politics, with a distinct hint of satire. In the eight years ...

This Japanese Life

| May 24, 2012

This Japanese Life

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Scholars of Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher best known for his controversial statement “God is dead,” have for years talked about a gaping hole in his works: Where are Nietzsche’s writings about teaching English to Japanese high schoolers? What has he got to say ...

Tokyo Green Space

| May 16, 2012

Tokyo Green Space

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What do you see when you look at Tokyo? Hypermodern constructions of steel and concrete? Cubic, characterless office buildings? Jared Braiterman sees green … in the back streets, in the small cracks of dirt on the sidewalks and on his balcony. He finds patches, ...

Tokyo Times

| Apr 12, 2012

Tokyo Times

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When not working as a high school English teacher, photoblogger Lee Chapman walks the streets of Tokyo in search of stories and sights that tourists, and even long-term residents, seldom see. Chapman, a U.K. native, has been running the photoblog Tokyo Times for almost ...