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Interview Series of Non-Japanese Who Live in SoCal

MAY 2020 (VOL.152)
Story of
Kris Valle

Kris Valle May 2020 (vol.152) Currently lives in: Torrance Occupation: ESL Teacher Loves Japan Since: 1995 Have You Been To Japan?: Yes, 4 times! Favorite Japanese Food: Gyu-don (beef bowl) from Matsuya Favorite Japanese Item: Kashiwa Reysol (soccer team) flag Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Crayon Shin Chan, Tanaka Misaki […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL.150)
Story of
Brit Gordon

Brit Gordon February 2020 (vol.150) Currently lives in: Santa Clarita Occupation: College student Loves Japan Since: Since I was 2 years old Have You Been To Japan?: Yes Favorite Japanese Food: Takoyaki Favorite Japanese Item: Nintendo 3DS XL Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Oz from Pandora Hearts, Jun Mochizuki, and […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL.149)
Story of
Michaela Mayo

Michaela Mayo January 2020 (vol.149) Currently lives in: North Tustin Occupation: Second grade student Loves Japan Since: Since my first trip to Japan when I was 5 years old Have You Been To Japan?: Yes Favorite Japanese Food: Sushi Favorite Japanese Item: Yukata Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Brunhilde from […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL.148)
Story of
Chris Gonzalez

Chris Gonzalez December 2019 (vol.148) Currently lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Network Technician Loves Japan Since: Japanese curry & ramen Have You Been To Japan?: Yes Favorite Japanese Food: Japanese curry & ramen Favorite Japanese Item: Nikon camera Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Yoshi (Super Mario Series) Favorite Japanese Word: […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL.146)
Story of
Kristine Ohkubo

Kristine Ohkubo October 2019 (vol.146) Currently lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Author Loves Japan Since: For as long as I can remember…always! Have You Been To Japan?: Yes, every other year since 2007. Favorite Japanese Food: I have too many favorites, but I will say Sukiyaki. Favorite Japanese Item: Kimono […]

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL.145)
Story of
Eric

Eric September 2019 (vol.145) Currently lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Product Manager Loves Japan Since: 2000 Have You Been To Japan?: I lived in Tokyo Favorite Japanese Food: Unagi (Eel) Favorite Japanese Item: Vending machine with hot drinks on a cold winter day Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Rilakkuma Favorite […]

AUGUST 2019 (VOL.144)
Story of
Parker Andrus

Parker Andrus August 2019 (vol.144) Currently lives in: Irvine Occupation: International Sales Manager at Tele-net America Corporation Loves Japan Since: 1987 Have You Been To Japan?: Yes, nearly 30 times and have lived there for 4 years Favorite Japanese Food: Miso Katsu (from Yabaton) or Sukiyaki Favorite Japanese Item: Japanese […]

JULY 2019 (VOL.143)
Story of
Lois Ann Caldwell

Lois Ann Caldwell July 2019 (vol.143) Currently lives in: Highland Occupation: Retired for a long time 🙂 Loves Japan Since: Childhood Have You Been To Japan?: Yes, 3 times! Favorite Japanese Food: Tonkatsu, Shabu-Shabu, noodles. Favorite Japanese Item: I love fine workman-ship and designs of potteries, china, crafts and more. […]

MAY 2019 (VOL.141)
Story of
Luis Alamilla

Luis Alamilla May 2019 (vol.141) Currently lives in: Northridge Occupation: Video Game Journalist / YouTuber Loves Japan Since: 1996 Have You Been To Japan?: Yes Favorite Japanese Food: Katsu Curry Favorite Japanese Item: A “君の名は – Your Name” artbook signed by Makoto Shinkai Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Saturo Iwata, […]

April 2019 (VOL. 140)
Story of
Gary Bonart

Gary Bonart April 2019 (vol.140) Currently lives in: Santa Monica Occupation: Actor Loves Japan Since: 1970 Have You Been To Japan?: No, but soon. Favorite Japanese Food: Katsudon Favorite Japanese Item: Writing ting pens Favorite Japanese Characters or People: Kanako Sakno (NHK) Favorite Japanese Word: KATCHI KOCHI A Japanese Name […]

I Live in Japan

Interview Series of Foreigners Who Live in Japan

AUGUST 2020 (VOL.154)
Story of
Andrew Beckett

August 2020 (VOL.154) Andrew Beckett From Vancouver, Canada Occupation: Preschool Teacher Duration living in Japan: 3 years Why do you live in Japan?: Cheap food, cheap drinks, and hot springs What do you do in Japan? I teach at a Montessori style preschool as an English teacher, as well as […]

JULY 2020 (VOL.153)
Story of
Vivian Wong

July 2020 (VOL.153) Vivian Wong From Stockholm, Sweden Occupation: Student Duration living in Japan: 1.5 Years Why do you live in Japan?: Because I wanted to experience the Japanese culture while learning the language. Why do you like Japan? Japanese people are so polite and well mannered, the culture is […]

MAY 2020 (VOL.152)
Story of
Yann Meunier

MAY 2020 (VOL.152) Yann Meunier From Paris, France Occupation: Photographer educator / Tour guide Duration living in Japan: 9 Years Why do you live in Japan?: I fell in love with Japan during my first trip in 2008. What do you do in Japan? In 2012, I joined David Michaud, […]

MARCH 2020 (VOL.151)
Story of
Laura Shinozuka

MARCH 2020 (VOL.151) Laura Shinozuka From Riga, Latvia Occupation: Housewife / Former Model Duration living in Japan: 3 Years Why do you live in Japan?: Husband working contact in Japan. Were you hesitant to relocate to Japan? I never hesitated to move to Japan because it was a new amazing […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL.150)
Story of
Jérôme Lastapis

February 2020 (vol.150) Jérôme Lastapis From Paris, France Occupation: Outdoor guide Duration living in Japan: 6 Years Why do you live in Japan?: Professional and family interests. Were you hesitant to relocate to Japan? Sure, I already had family there, but it was still a big responsibility. What do you […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL.149)
Story of
Heather Terada

January 2020 (vol.149) Heather Terada From McMinnville, Oregon Occupation: IT Project Manager Duration living in Japan: 6.5 Years Why do you live in Japan?: I relate to the culture and customs. Did you climb Mt.Fuji? How was it? It was my first mountain to climb, so I didn’t know what […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL.148)
Story of
Winnie Lam

December 2019 (vol.148) Winnie Lam From San Francisco, CA Occupation: Advertiser Duration living in Japan: 10 Years Why do you live in Japan?: For Work When was your first visit to Japan? I came to Japan through a study abroad program in my junior year at UC Davis. Spending almost […]

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL.147)
Story of
Ekaterina Chekmarev

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL.147) Ekaterina Chekmarev From Moscow, Russia Occupation: Housewife Duration living in Japan: 10 Months My husband works for a big Japanese company. Why did you choose to live in Japan, not other countries? Frankly speaking, we have never planned to live in Japan, because we lived far from […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL.146)
Story of
Vibhas Sukhwani

October 2019 (vol.146) Vibhas Sukhwani From Mandia, Madhya Pradesh, India Occupation: Ph.D. Student Duration living in Japan: 1 year Why do you live in Japan? Pursuing a doctoral degree at Keio University. What do you study in Japan? My research is based on urban-rural linkages and the development planning in […]

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL.145)
Story of
Aranega Jonathan

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL.145) Aranega Jonathan From France / Aquitaine / Arcachon Occupation:Cameraman and video editor Duration living in Japan:8 months Why do you live in Japan?:To see my wife’s family, feed my website “Mon Petit Voyage à Kyoto”, and according to the work that is proposed to me on video […]

AUGUST 2019 (VOL.144)
Story of
Kelly Elizabeth

AUGUST 2019 (VOL.144) Kelly Elizabeth From American girl from Michigan living in Japan Occupation: YouTuber/influencer/content creator/English teacher Duration living in Japan: 6 years Why do you live in Japan?: Japan is the most different from my culture. Every day is beautiful and exciting here! What is the distinctive difference between […]

JULY 2019 (VOL.143)
Story of
Rob Williams

July 2019 (VOL.143) Rob Williams From Bournemouth, UK Occupation: Financial Advisor & Philanthropist Duration living in Japan: 20 years Why do you live in Japan?: Work and family Can you talk about your activities in Japan? Aside from my day job, I founded and run a group called the ‘Knights […]

JUNE 2019 (VOL.142)
Story of
Tiffany Rossdale

JUNE 2019 (VOL.142) Tiffany Rossdale From Manila, Philippines Occupation: Entrepreneur Duration living in Japan: More than 20yrs Why do you live in Japan?: Half of my family lives here in Japan What do you do in Japan? Can you talk about your job in Japan? I have a few jobs that […]

MAY 2019 (VOL.141)
Story of
Zilola Kozimova

MAY 2019 (VOL.141) Zilola Kozimova From Uzbekistan, Samarkand Occupation: Student Duration living in Japan: About 2 years Why do you live in Japan?: To study and I love food, people and nature of Japan What do you study in Japan? I am a Master’s student at Keio University.  I study […]

April 2019 (VOL.140)
Story of
Osako Tatiana

April 2019 (VOL.140) Osako Tatiana From Khabarovsk, Russia Occupation: Fashion photographer Duration living in Japan: About 13 years Why do you live in Japan?: For work Which places in Japan do you recommend that for foreigners? I recommend for the bravest people to go to Fujikyu Highlands.  It is an […]

Samurai Legends

Introducing famous Japanese historical figures

MAY 2020 (VOL. 152)
Story of
SANADA Yukimura (真田幸村)

SANADA Yukimura MAY 2020 (Vol. 152) The Bravest Samurai to Protect the Toyotomi Family Sanada Yukimura (1567-1615) was born as the second son of Sanada Masayuki (1547-1611), the lord of Ueda-jo castle in the Nagano prefecture.  His actual name was Sanada Nobushige.  But during the battles of the period, the […]

MARCH 2020 (VOL. 151)
Story of
MINAMOTO no Yoshitsune (源義経)

MINAMOTO no Yoshitsune July 2019 (Vol. 143) The Genius Military Commander Yoshitsune Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189) was a military commander of the Minamoto clan who fought against the Taira clan in the latter years of the Heian period and the early years of the Kamakura period.  He appeared in some […]

FEBRUARY 2020 (VOL. 150)
Story of
AKECHI Mitsuhide (明智光秀)

AKECHI Mitsuhide MARCH 2020 (Vol. 151) Mitsuhide: The Fallen Rebel Akechi Mitsuhide, who is famous for being the leader at the ‘Honnouji Rebellion’ has been told that he was born near Mino (Gifu prefecture) in 1528 (there are possibilities that he was born in 1516 or 1540).  When Mitsuhide got […]

JANUARY 2020 (VOL. 149)
Story of
KATSU Kaishu (勝海舟)

KATSU Kaishu JANUARY 2020 (Vol. 149) The Shadow Samurai Leader for Meiji Restoration Born in Edo, as a Son of Hatamoto, a Direct Retainer of the Shogun Katsu Kaishu was born in 1823, at Ryogoku, Tokyo.  Shokichi, his father was in charge of Hatamoto, one of the important positions that […]

DECEMBER 2019 (VOL. 148)
Story of
MINAMOTONO Yoritomo (源頼朝)

MINAMOTONO Yoritomo DECEMBER 2019 (Vol. 148) The Very First “Samurai Administration” in Japan This time we will talk about Yoritomo’s life, who established the very first “Samurai Administration” in Japan during the Kamakura era.  Let’s focus on his personality and life, much more than just the ‘Kamakura Shogunate’. Born as […]

NOVEMBER 2019 (VOL. 147)
Story of
DATE Masamune (伊達政宗)

DATE Masamune NOVEMBER 2019 (Vol. 147) Masamune The One-Eyed Dragon The popular warlord from Azuchi-Momoyama (last part of the Sengoku period) through early Edo period, Date Masamune was made all the more iconic for his missing eye, called “One-Eyed Dragon (独眼竜, Dokuganryu)”.  Masamune has significantly influenced the History of Japan, […]

OCTOBER 2019 (VOL. 146)
Story of
MIYAMOTO Musashi (宮本武蔵)

MIYAMOTO Musashi OCTOBER 2019 (Vol. 146) The Legend of Dual Wielding Sword Divinity What samurai does the question, “who is the best known and the most famous swordsman in Japanese history?” remind you of? – The answer may be Miyamoto Musashi.  He might have had more than 60 fights, but […]

SEPTEMBER 2019 (VOL. 145)
Story of
UESUGI Kenshin (上杉謙信 )

UESUGI Kenshin September 2019 (Vol. 145) Kenshin: “The Dragon of Echigo” Uesugi Kenshin (上杉謙信) was a powerful warlord, a brilliant strategist, and a wise administrator.  He was born on February 18, 1530 at Kasugayama in Echigo province as the fourth son of the noted warrior Nagao Tamekage (長尾為景), who was […]

JULY 2019 (VOL. 144)
Story of
TAKEDA Shingen (武田信玄)

Takeda Shingen July 2019 (Vol. 144) Shingen: “The Tiger of Kai” Following the three greatest Samurai – Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Oda Nobunaga, and Tokugawa Ieyasu – Takeda Shingen is one of the most popular warlords as is his rival, Uesugi Kenshin.  Shingen was called “the Tiger of Kai”, and Kenshin “the […]

JULY 2019 (VOL. 143)
Story of
TOKUGAWA Ieyasu (徳川家康)

TOKUGAWA Ieyasu July 2019 (Vol. 143) IEYASU: The 3rd of 3 Great Unifiers of Japan Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) is the third of the three great unifiers of Japan who completed the unification of Japan begun by Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.  He became shogun in 1603 after the victory at […]

JUNE 2019 (VOL. 142)
Story of
TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi (豊臣秀吉)

TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi June 2019 (Vol. 142) HIDEYOSHI: Successor of Oda Nobunaga Rise Up From a Farmer to Samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) is one of the most remarkable commanders of samurai army in Japanese history, the ruler of Japan who ended Japan’s most violent period of political and social upheaval, the […]

MAY 2019 (VOL. 141)
Story of
ODA Nobunaga (織田信長)

ODA Nobunaga May 2019 (Vol. 141) NOBUNAGA: The Unifier “BIG FOOL” from Owari Increasing interest in historical persons Who is your most favorite samurai?  Who do you know at all?  Recently, Japanese historical topics such as samurai, the history itself and/or swords have been drawing increasing attention both nationwide and […]

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