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 ...

Yasuo Sasano, manager of Kurumi Mansion

| Mar 27, 2012

Yasuo Sasano, manager of Kurumi Mansion

by Judit Kawaguchi

Yasuo Sasano, 62, is the manager of Kurumi Mansion, an extended-stay hotel in Tokyo’s Koto Ward. Located on the Sumida riverside, across from Tokyo City Air Terminal, Kurumi Mansion’s convenient position and reasonable prices have made it a magnet for savvy travelers. An added ...

Educator, writer, farmer Gregory Clark

| Feb 28, 2012

Educator, writer, farmer Gregory Clark

by Judit Kawaguchi

Gregory Clark, 75, is the Honorary President of Tama University and Trustee of Akita International University in Japan. A prolific writer, with a background in economics and international politics, his opinionated investigative pieces often spark intensive debates. His 1978 book “The Japanese Tribe: Origins ...

Mickey Curtis: from rocker to 'Robo-G'

| Feb 5, 2012

Mickey Curtis: from rocker to 'Robo-G'

by Mark Schilling

The pioneers of the rock ‘n’ roll era on both sides of the Atlantic have now largely faded from the show-business scene — which is hardly surprising, given that those still strutting their stuff are in their 70s and 80s, and even “The King” ...

Eyewear designer Alain Mikli

| Dec 13, 2011

Eyewear designer Alain Mikli

by Judit Kawaguchi

Alain Mikli, 56, is not just the most famous eyewear designer in the world — he invented the job description. Mikli was the first person to achieve worldwide success as a designer of nothing else but eyeglasses. He established his own brand in Paris ...