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Sumire: Sharing Hope of a Better Future
Music and fashion icon Sumire opens up about the mental strain of the pandemic and provides a positive message. Tokyo Weekender | TikTok | Japanese Singer | Female Artist | Covid-19 Pandemic | Asia | Interview | Cover Story
Poised, learned and slyly coy, Mami Kataoka looks back at a "rollercoaster" year while addressing the future of art in Tokyo and the need for museums. Tokyo Weekender | Art News | Mori Art Museum | MAM | Covid-19 Pandemic | Art Director | Women in Art | Tokyo Art World | Asia | Interview | Cover Story Art, Museums, Takashi Murakami, Tokyo Art, Mori, Art Director, Asia
Mami Kataoka On Taking Charge of One of Tokyo’s Leading Art Institutions | Tokyo Weekender
Poised, learned and slyly coy, Mami Kataoka looks back at a "rollercoaster" year while addressing the future of art in Tokyo and the need for museums. Tokyo Weekender | Art News | Mori Art Museum | MAM | Covid-19 Pandemic | Art Director | Women in Art | Tokyo Art World | Asia | Interview | Cover Story
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The Making of Amezaiku, Japan’s Candy Artistry | Tokyo Weekender | Tokyo Weekender
Candy artist Takahiro Yoshihara is sculpting a modern connection to Edo — and helping Tokyoites craft a personal connection to amezaiku. Tokyo Weekender | Japanese Traditional Foods | Asian Sweets | Craftsman
Being inspired by others herself, Ortiz’s new mission is to inspire a new generation of volunteers – and leaders. Tokyo Weekender | 2011 Tsunami | Tohoku Earthquake | Life in Japan People, Social Change, Leader, Disasters, Volunteers, Mission
How The 3.11 Disaster Influenced Angela Ortiz To Become Social Impact Leader | Tokyo Weekender
Being inspired by others herself, Ortiz’s new mission is to inspire a new generation of volunteers – and leaders. Tokyo Weekender | 2011 Tsunami | Tohoku Earthquake | Life in Japan
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Racism in Japan: A Conversation With Anthropology Professor John G. Russell | Tokyo Weekender
Looking back at 50 years of race relations, Gifu University professor John G. Russell dispels myths and shines light on misunderstood issues of race in Japan. Tokyo Weekender | Interviews | Systemic Racism | Japanese Society | Life in Japan | Expat
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Rising Duo YY Fuses Traditional Koto Music with DJ’ing | Tokyo Weekender
Mixing the koto, a 1,300-year-old Japanese stringed instrument, with contemporary DJ’ing, YY created a unique sound that’s at once upbeat and calming. Although only formed in 2017, they’ve released 25 singles. The goal, say band members Asuka and Wocasi, is to produce a 'festival-like atmosphere through music.' Photo by Allan Abani Tokyo Weekender | Interviews | Japanese Music | Cool Japan
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Photographer Nagi Yoshida Returns with New Exhibit, DRAG QUEEN: No Light, No Queen | Tokyo Weekender
After shooting photographs of minority ethnic groups in Africa and elsewhere around the world, photographer Nagi Yoshida turns her camera on drag queens. Tokyo Weekender | Drag Queen Exhibition | Photograhy | Art | Japan Culture
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Irwin Wong Documents the Traditions of Japanese Craftsmen | Tokyo Weekender
Not satisfied with editorial and commercial photography work, Wong not only took all the photographs but also wrote all the text for his book Handmade in Japan, which was published September 1. Tokyo Weekender booked a Zoom call with him one hot August morning for a chat about his work, the importance of authenticity, and his post-Covid-19 travel dreams. Tokyo Weekender | Japanese Crafts | New Books
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New Book “Sushi Shokunin” Brings to Life the Stories of 20 Japanese Sushi Masters | Tokyo Weekender
We sit with photographer and author Andrea Fazzari to learn more about her new book, the shokunin identity and that one encounter with a sushi chef she won't forget. Tokyo Weekender | Sushi Shokunin | Japanese Food | Photography Book | New Release | Unknown Japan | Food in Tokyo | Japan
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Rising Star Noa Talks How It All Started | Tokyo Weekender
How do you gather an army of followers just a few months after making your debut in the local music scene? Ask Noa Kazama. Tokyo Weekender | Japanese Pop Music | Celebrity Interview | Culture | Arts & Entertainment
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The Life-changing Fancy Wigs of Tomihiro Kono | Tokyo Weekender
Wigmaker Tomihiro Kono wants you to be whoever you want. Tokyo Weekender | Wigs | Alternative Fashion | Beauty | Cool Japan | Unknown | New York Style
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"In Space We're All Equal": Former JAXA Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Talks Equality | Tokyo Weekender
The second Japanese woman to fly in space revisits her career as a working mother and shares important lessons we could all put into practice. Tokyo Weekender | Japan | Space Travel | JAXA | Naoko Yamazaki
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The Gender Fluid Monk Who Divides His Time Between Makeup Artistry and a Tokyo Monastery
Since an early age, Kodo Nishimura has considered himself gender fluid. Despite the argument the “Monk in Mascara” often receives regarding the conflicting concepts of Buddhism and makeup – considering Buddhism’s focus on mentality and makeup’s opposing focus on physicality – Nishimura insists that both fields allow him a platform to uplift the LGBTQ+ community. Just as this community did for him. Tokyo Weekender | June Issue 2020
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The Gender Fluid Monk Who Divides His Time Between Makeup Artistry and a Tokyo Monastery
Since an early age, Kodo Nishimura has considered himself gender fluid. Despite the argument the “Monk in Mascara” often receives regarding the conflicting concepts of Buddhism and makeup – considering Buddhism’s focus on mentality and makeup’s opposing focus on physicality – Nishimura insists that both fields allow him a platform to uplift the LGBTQ+ community. Just as this community did for him. Tokyo Weekender | June Issue 2020
The 28-year-old is on a quest for self-confidence, independence and emancipation, fussing all of her cultural influences and lands on something that feels fully representative of who she is. She is making it crystal clear that she’s firmly in charge of her own narrative.  Tokyo Weekender | Laura Ribeiro | Interview | Music | Culture New Music, Covergirl, Singer, Laura, Cover Model
Singer, Model and Cosmo Japan Cover Girl Laura Ribeiro: “I had to convince people that I am lesbian”
The 28-year-old is on a quest for self-confidence, independence and emancipation, fussing all of her cultural influences and lands on something that feels fully representative of who she is. She is making it crystal clear that she’s firmly in charge of her own narrative. Tokyo Weekender | Laura Ribeiro | Interview | Music | Culture
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Yosh Morita on Performing Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Theme Song and Why Music Keeps Him Alive
Tokyo Weekender chats with the musician behind the theme song of the latest Final Fantasy game and his raw passion for his field. Yosh Morina | Final Fantasy VII | Interview | Music | Japanese Games
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Why Comedian Shiori Fujiwara is Dropping her Stage Name and Swapping Japan for Italy
“That’s my ultimate goal in life. To do what I want with my life, and I can’t let anyone stand in the way of that." Read Tokyo Weekender's exclusive interview with Shiori Fujiwara. Tokyo Weekender | Shiori Fujiawara | Tokyo Pop Culture | Japan | Culture | Lifestyle | Interview
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“We Want to Create Our Own Genre”: Pop Culture Twins AMIAYA
We chat with the pop culture twins AMIAYA for a special spread in our Love Issue. Tokyo Weekender | AMIAYA | Pop Culture | Twinfulencers | Interviews
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The Koto Tamer: How Michiyo Yagi Is Electrifying the Traditional Japanese Instrument
Yagi grew up surrounded by ceramics artists in the seaside pottery town of Tokoname. Her mother was a talented koto teacher, and the koto was a toy Yagi tinkered with as a toddler. Since Yagi was largely uninterested in the instrument, her mother oversaw her daily, two-hour piano lessons. Then, as a teenager Yagi heard a koto rendition of a Toshiya Sukekawa song. She found the sound fresh. Tokyo Weekender | Michiyo Yagi | Koto | Traditional Japanese Music | Contemporary Sound | Japanese Culture
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Sculptor Keiji Ujiie: “What Bothers Me About Doing Work in Japan? Too Much Caution”
We chat with Japanese sculptor Keiji Ujiie about his work, the relationship between man and nature, and why he moved to Bali to seek inspiration. Tokyo Weekender | Keiji Ujiie | Interviews | Japanese Artists | Sculptor
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“I Rented a Homeless Guy for a Day”: One TW Writer Spends an Afternoon with Comedian Kotani Makoto
In Tokyo, you can hire out all sorts of people just to keep you company for a day or an occasion. Here’s what happened when Zoria Petkoska asked homeless Kotani Makoto to spend an afternoon painting art in the park with her.
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A Day in the Life of a Japanese Tatami Maker | Tokyo Weekender
Tatami is a traditional Japanese flooring material that has been an intrinsic part of the culture for centuries. We take a look behind the scenes to see who makes it and how they do so.
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A Day in the Life of a Kimekomi Doll Craftsman | Tokyo Weekender
A Day in the Life of a Kimekomi Doll Craftsman | Discovering Japan's Traditional Techniques | Tokyo Crafts | Artisans in Tokyo | Japanese Artisans | Craftsmanship Japan | Japan Trip | Japanese Souvenirs | Things to Buy in Japan | Unique Items in Japan | Japanese Dolls | Manekineko | Beckoning Cat Dolls |
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A Day in the Life of an Urushi Artist | Tokyo Weekender
Discover what it takes to become a traditional lacquerware craftsman in Japan | Japanese Traditions | Japanese Culture | Japanese Crraftsmanship | Deep Japan | Japanese Gifts | Art in Japan | Japanese Artists |
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Peek Inside Tokyo Apartments | Trends & Culture
Peek Inside Tokyo Apartments by Shiori Kawamoto, tokyoweekender.com
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Tokyo Cyber Art by Mad Dog Jones
Where imagination meets reality — the cyberpunk art of Mad Dog Jones
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Japanese Funk Band BRADIO on Their First Global Gig and First Major Album | Tokyo Weekender
We interview BRADIO ahead of their first international show. BRADIO | Japanese Rock | J-Rock | Japanese Music | Funk Music | Funky PArty People | Flyers | Death Parade | Band Interview |
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Swedish Rock Band Mando Diao on The Good Times, The Bad Times and The Crazy Times
Mando Diao | Swedish Rock Music | Swedish Music | Rock in Japan | Japan Tour | Artists in Japan | Band Interview | Exclusive Interview |
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Mr Gay Japan 2018
Shogo Temmoku, aka Mr Gay Japan 2018, tells us about his experiences as an LGBTQ+ representative of Japan. Japan Trip | LGBT in Japan | LGBTQ+ Community | Gay Travel | Gay Life Tokyo | Mr Gay World | Tokyo Travel |
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A Conversation with Ryu Murakami
An Exclusive Conversation with Ryu Murakami, the award winning author of Transparent Blue and Japanese Traditional Events-www.tokyoweekender.com