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 ...

| Dec 4, 2011

Tenten Hosokawa: Drawing the blues away

by Tomoko Otake

In the last few decades, clinical depression in Japan has emerged from its longstanding obscurity shrouded in shame and guilt to becoming far more openly recognized as a national disease. A 2010 report by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry put the number of ...

| Oct 2, 2011

Satoshi Kamata: Rebel spirit writ large

by Eriko Arita

Monday, Sept. 19, was Respect for the Aged Day in Japan. But on that sweltering national holiday, it wasn’t the heat that that drew tens of thousands of people to Meiji Park in central Tokyo, but their concerns for all the nation’s citizens, and ...