Gianni Simone

Gianni Simone is a mail artist, zinester and general troublemaker from Italy. When not taking pictures of Tokyo police boxes, he writes on all things Japanese for Vogue Italia, Zoom Japan, and other assorted publications. Together with Randy Osborne, he co-authored the book “Made of This.”

For Gianni Simone's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

/ Sep 9, 2012

Roadside view of a tasty, tasty world

THE WORLD'S BEST STREET FOOD: Where to Find It & How to Make it, Lonely Planet, 2012, 224 pp., $19.99 (paperback) One thing that every dedicated Japanese tourist will tell you is that you cannot really enjoy a trip abroad unless you eat your way ...

Willing prisoner of Akihabara

/ Sep 1, 2012

Willing prisoner of Akihabara

For better or for worse, some of contemporary Japan's most recognizable cultural products come from the ever-ebullient world of pop culture. If this country's heroes in the 1950s and '60s were such intellectuals as film director Akira Kurosawa and author Yukio Mishima, today Japan's ...

Pyongyang: the Orwellian city through its architecture

/ Aug 12, 2012

Pyongyang: the Orwellian city through its architecture

PYONGYANG ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL GUIDE, by Philipp Meuser. DOM publishers, 2012, 368 pp., $49.95 (paperback) Imagine an easy-to-navigate, pedestrian- and car-friendly city with enough space to avoid the kind of congestion that typically threatens to choke similar places worldwide — a city whose carefully thought-out ...

Nagano artisans put cheese on the menu

Aug 10, 2012

Nagano artisans put cheese on the menu

My editor at The Japan Times has a very simple policy when hunting for cheese in Tokyo: He checks the label and if it was made in Japan (excepting Hokkaido), he puts it straight back down. To my editor I am now happy to ...