Monday, 31 May 2021 23:41

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Chef/Owner of Morimoto Management

Chef Masaharu Morimoto — known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show Iron Chef, and he also appears on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

Saturday, 29 May 2021 17:46

NOBU: Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

NOBU: Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, known as “Nobu,” is the critically acclaimed chef and owner of Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants, which have received rave reviews from such publications as The New York Times, Zagat Survey, and Michelin Guide. Chef Nobu currently has 41 Nobu Restaurants, 11 Matsuhisa Restaurants, and 10 Nobu Hotels in 48 different cities around the world, spanning six continents.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 22:08

The Four Seasons of Japan

The Four Seasons of Japan

From white to pink to green to red and yellow, the beauty of Japan changes in each of its four distinct seasons. As the country spans 3,000 km from the northeast Sea of Okhotsk to the southwest East China and Philippine Seas, the climate varies greatly. The northern island of Hokkaido has short, mild summers and long winters with heavy snowfalls, while the southern island of Okinawa is subtropical. Japan’s mainland experiences sharp differences from Siberian cold fronts on the western seacoast and warmer sea currents on the eastern Pacific coast.

Monday, 24 May 2021 22:12

Hotels in Tokyo

Tokyo Hotels

Tokyo Journal sent a celebrity review team to stay at some of Tokyo’s top hotels. Dylan Sprouse is an American actor and entrepreneur. He and his twin brother, Cole Sprouse, are known for their roles on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, as well as films including Big Daddy with Adam Sandler. Barbara Palvin is a Hungarian supermodel who was the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s Rookie of the Year, 2019 Victoria’s Secret Angel, and was ranked as one of Forbes’s highest paid models in the world in 2016. Actor Shin Koyamada, who starred in The Last Samurai as Ken Watanabe’s son, has also acted in many Disney Channel programs, including Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.

Friday, 21 May 2021 19:12

Kyoto: Japan's Cultural Capital


Japan’s Cultural Capital

Kyoto was Japan’s capital city until 1868. Today, it is widely considered to be the country’s cultural capital for its plethora of Buddhist temples, along with its Shinto (an ancient Japanese religion) shrines, palaces, and gardens. During WWII, U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, who had honeymooned in Kyoto, demanded it be removed from the list of targets for the atomic bomb due to the city’s cultural importance. In addition, the city was fortunately spared from large-scale conventional bombing, allowing the preservation of many Japanese cultural treasures. Kyoto is the world’s number one destination for kabuki (classical Japanese theater), flawlessly groomed geishas (traditional entertainers), and blooming springtime sakura (cherry blossoms), as well as bamboo forests, sacred shrines, traditional temples, and delicious, traditional food.

Sunday, 22 November 2020 08:54

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Saturday, 14 November 2020 20:16

Volume 40. Issue #280


Please click here for PDF file of actual Table of Contents 

1. Tokyo Journal Editorial
Inside this issue
19. Casting Director Yoko Narahashi
Hollywood & Japan film industries
2. The Tange Legacy
Architect Paul Tange on Kenzo & Olympics
20. Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
Founder Tetsuya Bessho
3. Kyoto
Japan's cultural capital
21. J-flicks in the USA
U.S. releases of Japan-related films
4. Osaka
Japan's amazing “Water City”
22. Film Director Rempei Tsukamoto
Bento Harassment
5. Hotels in Tokyo
Reviews by Hollywood actors & a supermodel
23. L.A. Dodgers' Peter O'Malley
Ambassador of Japanese baseball
6. Four Seasons of Japan
Weather and what to wear
24. The Auto World's Jim Press
Toyota, Chrysler, Carlos Ghosn & int'l business
7. Awa Sparkling Sake
Is it champagne? No, it's sake with bubbles
25. Rakuten Expands Online Magazine Service
All-you-can-read magazines
8. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa
Broiled black cod with miso recipe
26. The Warlord and the Wimp
9. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto
Tuna pizza with anchovy aioli recipe
27. MacArthur and Me
Peter Grilli's encounter with the U.S. General
10. Yakitori
Yumiko's homecooking recipe
28. Life after Hiroshima
Mike Kawamura: A survivor's dream for peace
11. Welcoming Foreigners
Musician Marty Friedman's advice for tourists
29. The Consequences of Nuclear Weapons
Hiroshima Survivor Hideko Tamura Snider
12. Study in Japan
Japanese language schools & Japanese higher ed.
30. Shadows (二ヵ国語)
Hiroyuki Suzuki's photographic poetry
13. Travel to Las Vegas
Where to stay
31. Being like a Rock in a Tea Garden (二ヵ国語)
Zen wind from Tasaka Juku
14. Rolling with Rola in L.A.
Japanese celebrity & model in California
32. Inclusion in Tokyo's Olympic Games
Yoshie Kris oversees accessibility of Olympic ceremonies
15. Japan House Los Angeles
Showcasing Japanese culture in L.A.
33. World's Greatest Athlete
Olympic Decathlon Champion Bryan Clay
J-pop supergroup
34. Yoga Lifestyle
Mudras – Hand seals for happiness
17. Dancer & Actor Naoki Kobayashi
From EXILE to Hollywood
35. Product Reviews
Staying at home in style
18. Director Naomi Kawase
rom Cannes to the Tokyo Olympics
36. Four Decades of Rock in Japan
Legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen's Japan pics


280 TOC


Friday, 12 July 2019 15:33

Tokyo Journal's Product Reviews

Product Reviews for the Busy Traveler

Move Across Campus with the Swagger E-Scooter

The Swagtron Swagger is an e-scooter that can be used as a fun and easy way to get around. The carbon fiber chassis is strong and durable, without being heavy: it weighs just 17 pounds. The Swagger easily folds down with the touch of a button and stows in tight areas. The 250-watt motor has three speeds, allowing it to zip around at up to 15 miles per hour. The motor is powered by a 24v 3800mAh lithium-ion battery (UL certified), enough for a 15-mile ride on a full charge. The LED backlit display provides useful information such as speed, battery levels and an odometer. Operating the Swagger is simple: there’s one lever to accelerate, another to decelerate.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:15

Model Jessica Minh Anh Visits Japan

Supermodel Jessica Minh Anh Visits Japan

Supermodel Jessica Minh Anh visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukushima to explore potential catwalk venues. The Vietnamese model has made history by producing fashion shows atop famous architectural wonders, including the Eiffel Tower, One World Trade Center, London’s Tower Bridge, PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Skybridge and the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 16:52

Yosakoi Festival

Yosakoi Festival

Tokyo Yosakoi (dance festival) is the second half of the Fukuro Festival, which has been an annual tradition in west Ikebukuro since 1968. The festival begins with a mikoshi (portable shrine) procession in September, and then Tokyo Yosakoi in October. Yosakoi is a dynamic Japanese dance competition uniting more than 100 teams from throughout Japan, who come together to show off their best moves using wooden clappers called naruko. Performers often combine the standard yosakoi melody with folk songs or modern rock music. The colorfully costumed dancers put on one high-powered performance after another, complete with fervent shouting.


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