Spoon & Tamago

| Jan 1, 2013

Spoon & Tamago

by Adora Wong

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

by Sofia Elghazzali

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

by Christopher Robinson

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

by Mads Berthelsen

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

by Mads Berthelsen

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

by Mads Berthelsen

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 ...

thatjapanesegirl

| Jul 7, 2010

thatjapanesegirl

by Lauren Furniss

Her moniker on YouTube says it all — born and raised in Kyoto, thatjapanesegirl has lived in Japan all her life, moving to Tokyo just this year. With more than 24,000 subscribers to her two YouTube channels, thatjapanese girl, who prefers to withhold her ...

| Jun 23, 2010

Tokyo Fashion & Art Factory

by Kyle Korabowski

The subcultures of Japanese style, in all their myriad forms, are celebrated on the blog Tokyo Fashion & Art Factory. You’ll find plenty of info on Lolitas and Mori Girls here, but the blog’s creator, photographer and writer Valerie Fujita, is quick to point ...

| Apr 28, 2010

Hikosaemon

by Kyle Korabowski

New Zealand-born Hikosaemon (who prefers to go by his YouTube moniker) was raised an army brat. His father’s overseas postings allowed him to see a bit of the world at an early age, and a two-year stay in Singapore when he was 7 years ...