Social-media manager Lin Qing Xiang

| Jun 26, 2012

Social-media manager Lin Qing Xiang

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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” ...