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Writing about Nagoya’s culinary offerings for CNN Travel

CNN Travel wanted to move a bit away from Tokyo and look at another city in Japan -- Nagoya. I obliged by writing about their unique culinary offerings. Japan's Aichi prefecture has long been known for its automotive industry, anchored by homegrown car manufacturer Toyota. Yet in recent years, the region has become just as [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about Nagoya’s culinary offerings for CNN Travel

Talking with Piko-taro, the man behind “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” for The Japan Times

Really really happy with this one -- I sat down with Piko-taro, the artist behind one of the year's biggest viral hits with "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen." It was definitely a silly chat, but we also talked about slightly more serious stuff -- his process to making music, being a long-obscure artist finally having his moment in the [...]

By | November 4th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking with Piko-taro, the man behind “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” for The Japan Times

Writing about collab cafes — and visiting Tokyo’s Ted Cafe & Bar — for Eater

Here's a fun one for Eater -- wrote about the wave of "collab cafes" that have sprung up across Japan, centered around the Ted Cafe & Bar that opened recently. Yeah, the bear. People crowd around a giant stuffed toy, snapping photos and lining up to take a selfie with the super-sized version of Ted, [...]

By | November 4th, 2016|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about collab cafes — and visiting Tokyo’s Ted Cafe & Bar — for Eater

Writing about Tokyo’s first Russian maid cafe for The Japan Times

Recently went to Tokyo's first Russian maid cafe, and wrote about the experience for The Japan Times. Twelve men sit in silence at a new cafe in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district as three women dressed in Russian attire start serving a sour-looking plate of borscht. The men have each paid ¥15,000 to attend this soft opening [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about Tokyo’s first Russian maid cafe for The Japan Times

Writing about YouTube channel Life Where I’m From and reviewing a compilation for The Japan Times

Two new articles in The Japan Times today, highlighted by an interview I did with the man behind Life Where I'm From, offering a kid's perspective on everyday life in Japan. Greg Lam’s YouTube channel Life Where I’m From started one morning with a simple idea. “Honestly, my wife started cooking breakfast and I was [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Japan, Music, New Media|Comments Off on Writing about YouTube channel Life Where I’m From and reviewing a compilation for The Japan Times

Talked to starRo for The Japan Times

Interviewed LA-based producer starRo about his new album Monday (out now, and very much worth your time) for The Japan Times. Talked about quitting your job, future R&B and the changing face of internet music. Shinya Mizoguchi used to loathe the start of the week. “Everybody hates Monday. It’s not a positive day of the [...]

By | October 16th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talked to starRo for The Japan Times

Talked to bo en about his new EP for Metropolis

I've recently started contributing a bit for Metropolis magazine here in Tokyo, and my latest piece is an interview with bo en about his latest EP with Sugar's Campaign singer Akio. "Calum Bowen is no stranger to singing over his whirlwind pop, and the London-based artist who releases music as bo en figured his vocals [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talked to bo en about his new EP for Metropolis