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Tokyo Street Editorial Photograph by Takuya Okamoto from the book Hair Beauty + Fantasy. Hair and makeup by Mieko Ueda. Dress by Junko Koshino.

MIYAVI, VAMPS and WagakkiBand Tokyo Journal Issue #277’s feature interview with MIYAVI sees the “Samurai Guitarist” talking not only about his music, but his introduction to the world of Hollywood through a 2014 acting role in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and his reworking of the classic theme song for the new Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. HYDE and K.A.Z. of VAMPS talk about the challenges of going from a headlining band in Japan to an opening act in North America, while the eighth member of WagakkiBand shows the coolness of Japanese culture by fusing traditional Japanese musical instruments with rock and Vocaloid songs.

Kurosawa on Kurosawa
Also in this issue is an exclusive interview with Hisao Kurosawa at Kurosawa Production in Yokohama, where he spoke about the legacy of his father, legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

The Rock Stars of Rock Photography
Check out some of the most iconic photographs in rock & roll from three of rock’s greatest photographers: Bob Gruen, Mick Rock and Brad Elterman. In this issue, they share their love for Japan, the changes they have witnessed in music and photography over the past four decades, and how they lived to tell about it.

Acclaimed Japanese Innovators
This issue features exclusive interviews with Nobel Laureate in Physics and blue LED inventor, Dr. Shuji Nakamura; Kyoto Prize Laureate and dyeing and weaving artist, Fukumi Shimura; and Japan's organizing innovators who were awarded as 100 Most Influential People in the World of TIME magazine's article, Marie Kondo. Award-winning Japanese fashion designer Junko Koshino (who designed the stunning dress in this photograph) talks about rediscovering her Japanese roots through international fashion shows in Beijing and Paris.

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Written By:

Anthony Al-Jamie

Anthony Al-Jamie lived and worked in Japan for over 20 years. His in-depth understanding of Japanese language and culture has allowed him to carry out interviews with many of the most renowned individuals in Japan. He first began writing for the Tokyo Journal in the 1990s as Education Editor, later he was promoted to Senior Editor, and eventually International Editor and Executive Editor. He currently serves the Tokyo Journal as Editor-in-Chief.

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