• MIYAVI: The Samurai Guitarist
  • VAMPS: Japanese rock phenoms HYDE & K.A.Z
  • WagakkiBand: Traditional Japan x Modern Rock
  • Akira Kurosawa’s Legacy
  • Nobel Physics Laureate Dr. Shuji Nakamura
  • Cosplay Conventions
  • Big Hero 6: Japan-influenced Oscar Winner
  • Chiaki: TV celeb talks about her children’s app
  • Harajuku Fashion Walk
  • Apocalyptica: Classical cello metal maestros



Miyavi: The Samurai Guitarist

Making Music and Movie Magic MIYAVI is making waves on both sides of the ocean in the music and movie industries. Born in 1981as Takamasa I...



Japanese Rock Phenoms HYDE and K.A.Z Not many Japanese bands tour internationally a year after their founding, let alone perform on the bat...


The Future of Education in Japan

Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Hakubun Shimomura, Shares the Ministry’s School of Thought Hakubun ...

Living Legend

Living Legend - Dr. Shuji Nakamura

Nobel Physics Laureate Shuji Nakamura Sheds Light on How He Invented the Blue LED Dr. Shuji Nakamura, along with two other Japanese researc...


Akira Kurosawa’s Legacy

Akira Kurosawa’s Legacy Impacts a New Generation of Filmmakers Hisao Kurosawa Shares his Father’s Legacy with Young Filmmakers Throughout t...


Mari's Homemade Cooking Recipes

Mari's Homemade Cooking Recipes How to Make Tebasaki no Amakara-ni (Chicken wings with sweet soy sauce) ...



Chicchai Ossan

Amagasaki’s “Middle-Aged Guy” Mascot Visits L.A. Chicchai Ossan is one of Japan’s most popular regional mascots along with Kumamon and Funa...


Dennis Awori: Toyota in Africa

Formerly Kenya’s ambassador to Korea and Japan (2004-2009) and now representing Toyota Tsusho Corporation as chairman in 13 African states, ...


Where to Stay in Tokyo

Where to Stay in Tokyo Chic Boutique: Hotel S Roppongi If you like the personal touch and prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of big hot...

Crossword Puzzle

Crossword Puzzle: Issue #270

  Places and Landmarks in Tokyo Click here to download a PDF file with the Answer Key Please Note: The question for 30 ACROSS was create...

Japanese Test of Communication Practice Quiz

Test your Japanese!

The Japanese Test of Communication (JTOC) - pronounced "Jay-talk" is a 200-question Japanese language proficiency exam.                     ...

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Improve your English with TJ!

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Fashion Designer

Junko Koshino

Fashion Design by Junko Koshino “What led you to hold a fashion show in China?” That’s what Li Zhao asked me at a party after she hosted “C...


Let Your Hope Shine; Let it Inspire

Let Your Hope Shine; Let it Inspire   We need hope. The battle against despair, pain, and repression seems so overwhelmingly hopeless. We ...


Acting Appropriately

Acting Appropriately   There are things our children do that are absolutely objectionable. They may be dangerous, disrespectful, or even i...

Yoga Lifestyle

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga Judit Torok Have you ever wondered what you could do to make an impact in this world? Do you have a passion for a social issue ...

Haitian Culture & Politics

Synopsis of Haitian Art

Synopsis of Art by Artists of Haitian Descent in the Diaspora - Part IV   One of Haiti’s greatest exports to the world is its beautiful ar...

Language & Education

Third-Culture Kids

David Nunan's Global Classroom Third Culture Kids My two children were born in Australia and grew up in Hong Kong. The elder went to unive...


Tokyo Skytree Branch Sprouts Pubs

Branch of Tokyo Skytree Sprouts Pubs Tokyo beer enthusiasts and people who simply want to see and experience one of the most spectacular at...

Tokyo Photography

Photographer Hiroyuki Suzuki

Photographer Hiroyuki Suzuki Scenes Beyond our Imagination A photograph enables us to permanently own the scenery or subject we see in the...


Ethical Confusion is the Obstacle

Through the Eyes of Yankelovich Ethical Confusion is the Main Obstacle Daniel Yankelovich renowned social researcher and public opinion an...

Music Gallery

New York Dolls

Go on tour with legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen, who is one of the most well known and respected photographers in Rock and Roll. WHEN...

Japanese Business Expert

Linking Growth to HR Strategy

Former Accenture Chairman Masakatsu Mori shares his 30 years of experience in advising many of Japan’s leading corporations as well as forei...

Strategist & Nuclear Expert


Buddhism Interview with Philosopher Dr. Hiroshi Tasaka TJ: How do you define Buddhism? TASAKA: Buddhism is a kind of “cosmology” that can...



Consul General of Japan, L.A.

Harry H. Horinouchi Shares his Experience in Japan, China and the U.S. In August 2014, Harry (Hidehisa) Horinouchi was appointed the Consul...


Big Hero 6

Japan-Influenced Big Hero 6 Scores Oscar for Best Animated Film Voice Actor Ryan Potter and CG Animator Matsune Suzuki Talk about the Heart...



Fusing East and West with Old and New WagakkiBand is an intriguing act that fuses rock music with wagakki (traditional Japanese musical ins...

Tokyo Street Fashion

Streetstyle Glamour

Tokyo Journal photographer Lola Rose captures the latest in street fashion in her photo column "Streetstyle Glamour." ...

Tokyo Street Fashion

Harajuku Fashion Walk

Tokyo Journal Street Photographer Malgorzata Dittmar hits the streets with her lens to see what's hot in Harajuku The complete article can ...



Chiaki Known simply by her first name, Chiaki has not only been a Japanese television icon for over two decades, but she is also known as t...


Actor and Singer Genki Hirakata

Actor and Singer Genki Hirakata Young Actor Takes on Old Role as the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland Tokyo Journal Executive Editor An...


Megumi Hamada Captivates Memphis

Megumi Hamada Takes Center Stage in Memphis   Between 1995 and 2010, as a member of Shiki Theatrical Company, Megumi Hamada played ...


Mitsuki Takahata

Mitsuki Takahata Japanese Actress and Singer Makes International Debut in Award-Winning Film 2014 proved to be a busy year for 23-year-old...


Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife Pop Punk Trio Rock With 1,000+ Shows and 20 Albums Over 30 Years The late Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain was one of the...


Marty Friedman: Big in Japan

Marty Friedman: Big in Japan Former Megadeth Metal Guitarist Hits it Big on Japanese TV As heavy metal giant Megadeth guitarist, he had sa...



BABYMETAL Head-Turning Headbangers Taking the World by Storm BABYMETAL are breaking new ground in more ways than one. Formed in 2010 ...


FEMM Far East Mention Mannequins

FEMM Far East Mention Mannequins Latex-Clad Electronic Pop Duo are a Twerk of Art The concept: Two mannequins, RiRi (a combat mannequin) ...

Living Legend

Living Legend - Dr. Kazuo Inamori

Kyocera Founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori Entrepreneurial Innovator Blends Buddhist Beliefs with Business Practices Entrepreneur, philanthropist ...

Tokyo Street Fashion

Streetstyle Glamour

Tokyo Journal photographer Lola Rose captures the latest in street fashion in her photo column "Streetstyle Glamour." ...

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