Sosuke Kitamura: A man of painted words

| Jan 27, 2018

Sosuke Kitamura: A man of painted words

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Name: Sosuke Kitamura Age: 59 Nationality: Japanese Occupation: Calligrapher Likes: Analog stuff, food, clothing, housing from 1960s Japan Dislikes: Digital stuff, especially touch screens 1. What do the kanji that comprise your first name mean? 宗 (so) means "to better oneself" and positively influence one's surroundings. My father chose a ...

Redesigning and refining the perception of luxury

| Jan 21, 2018

Redesigning and refining the perception of luxury

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Name: Guido Tarchi Title: Vice president and Director, Garde (since August 2017) URL: www.garde-intl.com DOB: Aug. 26, 1968 Hometown: Florence, Italy Years in Japan: 23 For the past 23 years Guido Tarchi has weaved among Tokyo's crowds, surrounded by the city's architectural jumble where the everyday harmonizes with the ...

Mural painter can't relax in bathhouses

| Jan 13, 2018

Mural painter can't relax in bathhouses

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Name: Mizuki Tanaka Age: 35 Nationality: Japanese Occupation: Sento (public bathhouse) mural painter Likes: Reading, art, movies Dislikes: Headaches 1. When did you first go to a public bathhouse and how did you like it? I went in my second year of university when I started to consider writing a ...

Ambassador eager to brand and boost country

| Jan 7, 2018

Ambassador eager to brand and boost country

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Name: Freddy Svane Title: Ambassador of Denmark (since October 2015) URL: japan.um.dk DoB: July 31, 1957 Hometown: Errindlev, Denmark Years in Japan: 6 "The readiness is all," utters the Danish title character in the last act of Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Danish Ambassador Freddy Svane agrees with Hamlet. Svane's motto: "Freddy is ready." "When ...