Food for thought

Tweet I’ve had a few stories in the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan magazine before now, but this is the first time on the cover. A project close to my heart too. As I wrote in the text (see below) to go with these portraits, I have enormous respect for the people producing Japan’s fantastic […]

Geisha “image rights”

Tweet This is something I came across a few months ago and have been meaning to post on since. The manga above is a bilingual PR magazine published by the “International Hospitality and Conference Service Association”. I’m not quite sure what the purpose of that organization is, but its office is the Ministry of Foreign […]

The world’s first hermaphrodite manga artist?

Tweet Yes, you read that right. Not a manga about hermaphrodites, but BY a hermaphrodite. I was browsing through the comics section of my local bookshop and found this: It was the catchline on the cover that caught my eye. “Japan’s first hermaphrodite manga artist (intersex)”. Underneath that: “Manga artist Arai Sho takes a scalpel […]

Ghibli museum

Tweet I visited the Ghibli museum in Mitaka last week for my story on Miyazaki Hayao. Last time I was there it had only been open for a couple of years. This time I was struck by just how Ghibli-esque the whole area around the museum has become. The park by the museum, Inokashira Koen, […]

Hayao Miyazaki for Prime Minister

Tweet When Hayao Miyazaki spoke at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo he said he could never be the Prime Minister of Japan because “you can’t tell the truth to people who do not want to hear”. But here are 10 reasons why he SHOULD have the top job. (Who knows, there could be a […]

Hayao Miyazaki rare press conference

Tweet The anime director and genius Hayao Miyazaki came to the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo yesterday for a press conference. I was there with the rest of a horde of snappers. (Miyazaki is a bit of a recluse, so not many chances to get pictures of him). But when he talks to the press, […]

Manga shops in Tokyo

Tweet Where is Tokyo’s biggest manga shop? Earlier this week I was taking photos in Ikebukuro  for a story on manga.  I asked around to try and find Tokyo’s largest manga shop but drew a complete blank. Shops seem to specialize in one particular demographic or sell second hand books. Anyway, for what it’s worth, […]

Urasawa Naoki new manga

Tweet Urasawa Naoki, who’s probably the most popular manga artist in Japan, has just started a new series called Billy Bat. I spent a good part of this year reading the 24 volumes (about 5000 pages) of his last manga 20th Century Boys in Japanese so I’m a little wary of starting this next one. […]