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 ...

Translator Kiyoko Zaborszky

| Jul 23, 2009

Translator Kiyoko Zaborszky

by Judit Kawaguchi

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

by Judit Kawaguchi

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, ...

Keiko Aoki

| May 28, 2009

Keiko Aoki

by Judit Kawaguchi

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

by Judit Kawaguchi

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, ...

Tenkai Tsunami

| Apr 9, 2009

Tenkai Tsunami

by Judit Kawaguchi

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 ...

Makeup artist Yukiko Takeda

| Mar 26, 2009

Makeup artist Yukiko Takeda

by Judit Kawaguchi

Yukiko Takeda, 37, is chief makeup artist for Watosa, a skincare line created by famous beauty guru Sablo Watanabe. For the past 15 years, Yukiko has been making women look and feel so beautiful that over 80 percent of her first-time clients turn into ...