| Apr 3, 2010

VIDEO: YouTube hanami gathering

On March 27, YouTube enthusiasts and video bloggers living in Tokyo and beyond gathered in Yoyogi Park for a cherry-blossom viewing. Although taking in the pink blossoms and indulging alcohol and snacks is an age-old tradition, digital cameras, laptops and live streaming were also ...

How to Japonese

| Jul 27, 2009

How to Japonese

by Jasmine Louis

The blog How To Japonese should appeal to anyone studying intermediate and advanced Japanese, but don’t expect structured step-by-step courses. Launched in 2008 by Daniel Morales, a New Orleanian who first came to Japan in 2002 and currently works as a translation coordinator in ...

Just Hungry, Just Bento

| Jun 10, 2009

Just Hungry, Just Bento

by Ken Ishii

The kitchen has long been used as a portal to distant places and times, and Just Hungry and Just Bento are two blogs by Makiko Itoh that put all the wonders of Japanese cuisine within a cutting-board’s reach. For Makiko, cooking has been a ...

Tokyo Photojournalist

| May 20, 2009

Tokyo Photojournalist

by Ricardo Bilton

Journalists everywhere are facing the twin challenges of recession and rapidly changing technology. With his blog, Tokyo Photojournalist, Tony McNicol showcases his work as a Japan-based freelance journalist and discusses photojournalism in the age of Flickr and Twitter. In this interview with The Japan ...

| Apr 13, 2009

I Rub Your Brog

by Ken Ishii

While many first-time visitors to Tokyo probably have a fuzzy idea of what to expect, they would do themselves a favor to first check out I Rub Your Brog, a Web blog that randomly documents “life, music and general weirdness in central Tokyo.” This ...

Black Tokyo

| Mar 25, 2009

Black Tokyo

by Ricardo Bilton

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Eric L. Robinson found himself docking in Okinawa in 1981. For the past two decades, Robinson, a Marine Corps veteran, has traveled back and forth between between Japan and the United States, gaining experiences and insights from each ...

AltJapan

| Mar 4, 2009

AltJapan

by Ricardo Bilton

Author and translator Matt Alt runs AltJapan, an entertaining and informative blog launched in 2006. Calling it a “digital scratchpad,” the Maryland native writes about a wide variety of Japan-related subjects, ranging from the role of Lolita girls in military simulations to the majesty ...

NihonHacks.com

| Sep 10, 2008

NihonHacks.com

by Jon Jamieson

Japan is not the cheapest place to live, and it can be frustratingly confusing, even for long-timers. Fortunately, there is NihonHacks.com, the blog devoted to tips for stretching your yen and saving time, courtesy of American-born, Japan-based blogger Thomas Hjelm (with some input from ...

My Life as a Gaijin, Kimono Reincarnate

| Jul 19, 2008

My Life as a Gaijin, Kimono Reincarnate

My Life as a Gaijin and Kimono Reincarnate are two different blogs written by Melanie Gray Augustin. The former centers around the experiences of an Australian native living and teaching English in a foreign land, while the latter offers a taste of her artistic ...

| Mar 19, 2008

Mutant Frog

Mutant Frog Travelogue is the blog of Adam Richards, Joe Jones and Roy Berman, three friends who met while studying in Japan. The eclectic subject matter includes posts on technology, law, culture, politics and plenty more. With the three writers living at various times ...

The Blog from Another Dimension

| Feb 20, 2008

The Blog from Another Dimension

The Blog from Another Dimension might conjure up images of science fiction, but click through to Luis Poza’s blog and you’ll quickly see that it’s about the here and now, cataloging his thoughts about current events, technology and social issues in Japan. A professor ...