Web designer Peter Brune

| Dec 24, 2009

Web designer Peter Brune

by Judit Kawaguchi

Peter Brune, 45, is a Web designer and photographer who has been a Japanese resident for 10 years. Born and raised in East Berlin, Brune was a world traveler even before he set foot outside the walls of his home: Absorbed in books and ...

Cable guy Yasushi Sano

| Nov 26, 2009

Cable guy Yasushi Sano

by Judit Kawaguchi

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 ...

Tour guide Shinobu Nimura

| Sep 10, 2009

Tour guide Shinobu Nimura

by Judit Kawaguchi

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

by Judit Kawaguchi

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

by Judit Kawaguchi

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

by Judit Kawaguchi

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

by Judit Kawaguchi

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 ...