Hunter Shoji Kuramochi

| Aug 28, 2012

Hunter Shoji Kuramochi

by Judit Kawaguchi

Shoji Kuramochi, 73, is one of Japan’s few surviving hunters, and he may be the only one with 100 trained hunting dogs. Besides being a hunter of wild boars and deer, he’s also an expert at the traditional Japanese art forms of bonsai cultivation ...

Jul 1, 2012

Lesley Downer: Love, war and geisha

by Victoria James

Lesley Downer’s seven books range widely in genre and subject. Here she reflects on their inspiration and her experiences writing them. “On the Narrow Road to the Deep North: Journey into a Lost Japan” (1989): Downer’s first book, a travelogue, recounts a journey she ...

Social-media manager Lin Qing Xiang

| Jun 26, 2012

Social-media manager Lin Qing Xiang

by Judit Kawaguchi

Lin Qing Xiang, 33, is the social-media manager of the “The Ruby Alan Show” (also known as “The RA Show”), a video blog that explores both Singaporean and Japanese culture. Lin creates travelogues of his journeys around Japan and also films Japanese-culture events in ...

Koki Mitani: Japan's Mr. Comedy

| Jun 3, 2012

Koki Mitani: Japan's Mr. Comedy

by Nobuko Tanaka

Koki Mitani is far and away the nation’s best-known dramatist. Although theater is quite a niche medium here, most people in Japan — whether male or female, young or not so young, Japanese or not — recognize his face, even if they couldn’t name ...

Junko Tabei : The first woman atop the world

May 27, 2012

Junko Tabei : The first woman atop the world

by Tomoko Otake

Almost exactly 37 years ago, on the morning of May 16, 1975, then 35-year-old Junko Tabei and her Sherpa guide Ang Tshering reached the 8,763-meter South Summit of Mount Everest — their final halt before pushing on to the 8,848-meter peak itself. They made ...

Richard Collasse: Sold on brand Japan

| May 6, 2012

Richard Collasse: Sold on brand Japan

by Eriko Arita

In Tokyo’s high-end Ginza district, the Chanel Building stands out among the luxury fashion boutiques and global brands’ emporiums thanks to its shining black-glass exterior. To go inside Chanel’s flagship shop in Japan is, for the normal hom sap, however, to be overwhelmed by ...

Polish journalist-designer-photographers Pawel Musialowski and Malgorzata Gajderowicz

| Apr 24, 2012

Polish journalist-designer-photographers Pawel Musialowski and Malgorzata Gajderowicz

by Judit Kawaguchi

Pawel “Mr. Jedi” Musialowski, 39, and Malgorzata Gajderowicz, 29, are a Polish journalist-designer-photographer, husband-and-wife team who video-blog exclusively about their favorite place on earth: Japan. Pawel created Kawaii, Poland’s first magazine dedicated to Japanese manga and anime in 1997, and his website kawaii-mrjedi.blogspot.jp (written ...