I began learning Japanese for a trivial reason, yet it paved the path to my dreams. Now, I aim to elevate this dream to a grander scale worldwide.

日本語 Interview by Isao Tokuhashi   Vinod Vijayasankaran (India) Cinematographer/Filmmaker/Video Director We would like to introduce a longtime friend of ours. A filmmaker from India: the land of cinema. We met him through LinkedIn about 7 years ago. After reading one of our articles, he became interested in our activities. At that point, he was already working on several films and approached us to collaborate. Although we met him several times, we lost touch with him for a while. Last summer, after several years, we approached him for a project, reigniting our connection and leading to this interview. In the


Why do you want to learn English? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.21

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to:   Haneda Airport Located 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) south of Tokyo Station, it was the third-busiest airport in Asia and the fourth-busiest in the world in 2017, after Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport (Asia’s busiest), and Dubai International Airport. Haneda and Narita combined make Tokyo the third-busiest city airport system in the world, following London and New York City. *Haneda Airport. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 6, 2018, from 日本語   Man from Indonesia I’m a medical doctor back home. This is our first trip

Happy Birthday to the countries!

Happy Birthday to India!

Uttar Pradeshi thali, a Northern Indian cuisine. Thali is the Indian name for a round platter used to serve food. *Photo from Wikipedia August 15 is Independence Day, celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947. The Indian subcontinent was home to the urban Indus Valley Civilisation of the 3rd millennium BCE. In the following millennium, the oldest scriptures associated with Hinduism began to be composed. Social stratification, based on caste, emerged in the first millennium BCE, and Buddhism and Jainism arose. Early political consolidations took place under the Maurya and Gupta empires; the later peninsular Middle


Why are anime so important for you? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol. 12

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to:   Odaiba A large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s into a major commercial, residential and leisure area. *Odaiba. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 25, 2017, from 日本語   Couple from Dubai This is my 2nd trip to Japan and she came here for the first time. We’ve been here for three days and will be in Japan for twelve days in


Why is everyone in such a hurry? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.10

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to:   Tokyo Imperial Palace The primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, which is right in the middle of Tokyo. It was built on the site of the old Edo Castle. *Tokyo Imperial Palace. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 13, 2017, from 日本語   Girls from the US We’re from Denver, Colorado. We came here yesterday. I will stay here two more days and she will leave here for China tomorrow to attend my friend’s wedding ceremony. This is our 1st trip to Japan. It’s very developed. We


How can you guys be so polite and helpful? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.2

Produced by Isao TokuhashiEdited by Daniel PensoMail to:   Haneda Airport, Tokyo Haneda Airport (羽田空港) is one of the two primary airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area. It handled almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo from 1978 to 2010, while Narita International Airport handled the vast majority of international flights. In 2010, a dedicated international terminal was opened at Haneda. The Japanese government is currently encouraging the use of Haneda for premium business routes and the use of Narita for leisure routes and by low-cost carriers. *Haneda Airport. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 23, 2015, from


Each person, each part of India is different. So I wanted people to see that.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi & Tomomi Tada Mail to:   Karen Pereira Gomez Indian cuisine instructor (She’s been in Japan since 2009) The 8th interviewee of “MET × Niki’s Kitchen” is Karen Pereira Gomez, an Indian woman from Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay). Her character is a passionate and lively one that lets her enjoy exploring new things in the world. And in her class, we can see she is keen on teaching real India, especially her community which is very diverse and something new as well.Why is she like that? The key might be found in


Indian cuisine possesses much potential. So I cannot understand why some people don’t want to teach how to cook it.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to:   Savari Muthu (India) Indian cuisine chef/instructor (He’s been in Japan since ’94) My Eyes Tokyo brings you interviews with teachers of “Niki’s Kitchen“. It’s a cooking school in which foreigners teach their homeland dishes to Japanese people. The 1st interviewee is Savari Muthu, a managing chef of an Indian restaurant chain called “Muthu“. He owns three restaurants in Tokyo and Chiba. He says on Niki’s homepage; “You may associate India with Hinduism, but I’m a Christian. Therefore I can cook anything including beef, pork and chicken.” We got interested in a Christian


Finding similarities makes you comfortable.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to:   Jagmohan Chandrani (India) President of a trading company (He’s been in Japan since ’78) His long, long beard catches your eyes. Jagmohan Chandrani is a very, very gentle person. He talks slowly and gently and always brings smiles with his face. He has been running his business in relation to his home, India, for a long time. Such as Indian cuisine restaurants, a tea shop and organizing the Indian community of Edogawa region, east-end of Tokyo. His activities became well-known among Japanese through TV, newspapers and magazines. *Interview at Japan Business


Spice Magic Calcutta

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to:   Indian restaurant (Nishi-kasai)   (Left) Kita guchi/Home Store (Right) Minami guchi/Branch Store There are many Indian restaurants in Tokyo. Indian cuisine is very popular here in Japan. We think curry and rice has been loved by many Japanese for almost 100 years… That’s the reason, we guess. But the restaurant chain called “Spice Magic Calcutta” serves “real” Indian dishes because restaurants are in “Little India” of Tokyo. Nishi-kasai, a town where many people from India live. The restaurants are loved by those who miss their food culture.   Holiday Special