Happy Birthday to the countries!

Happy Russia Day!

Luzhniki Stadium, the largest football stadium in Russia. It will host 7 games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, including the opening and the final matches. *Photo from Wikipedia June 12 is Russia Day, the national holiday of the Russian Federation. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) on June 12, 1990. Following the Russian Revolution, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic became the largest and leading constituent of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the world’s first constitutionally socialist state. The Soviet Union played a decisive role in


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

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to: info@myeyestokyo.com   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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odaiba 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


I’ve learned Japanese culture while I taught Russian culture.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to: itokuhashi@myeyestokyo.com   Averiyanova Lyudmila (Russia) Trading farm staff/Russian Cafe organizer (First visit to Japan in 1998, Returned to Japan in 2006) One day we were invited to a Russian language salon by our friend. It’s called “Russian Cafe”, which is held near JR Urawa Station in Saitama Prefecture on the first Sunday of each month. It was amazing! 90% of the participants are Japanese, but they were talking to each other in Russian really fluently. And our friend introduced us to Averiyanova Lyudmila, one of the participants in the salon. We’ve met


I believe Japanese songs must reach Russians.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to: itokuhashi@myeyestokyo.com   Ekaterina (Russia) Singer/Pianist (She’s been in Japan since ’95) Ekaterina, a wonderful diva from Russia! She sings Russian folk songs, Japanese songs in 80s and J-POP (Japanese popular songs after 90s). She lives for promoting exchange between Japan and Russia through singing. Her songs were aired on TV and she has sung the Russian anthem at international soccer matches. But she is always friendly, not haughty and spontaneous. She is very flexible, enough so to perform at both big halls and small live houses. Her smile is really friendly. Such


New York people welcome so many cultures and they treat you like others.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to: itokuhashi@myeyestokyo.com   Arina Kuznetsova (Russia) Sales & Marketing Manager of a Japanese jewelry shop (She’s been in US since spring 2007. She’s been in Tokyo for 5 yrs) We interviewed Arina Kuznetsova after she finished her work that night. Now she is working at Kyoto-based Jewelry company in SoHo, Manhattan (*It has newly opened on 5th Avenue, Manhattan in November 2007). Before coming to New York, she worked for the company in Tokyo and she joined their activities of supporting foreign women’s life in Japan. She’s from Russia and has lived in three


Be open to people in Japan and their culture. Don’t think everybody is against you.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to: itokuhashi@myeyestokyo.com   Anastasia Korobtsova (Russia) University student & international center staff (She’s been in Japan since 2004) Spring has come! We met a Russian woman who brought a warm and calm spring wind. Anastasia Korobtsova is studying very hard at a university in Tokyo. And she works at the international center almost everyday to help foreign people in Tokyo. Her smile bloomed nicely during this interview and cherry blossoms also have begun to bloom now in Tokyo. *Interview at the international center in Tokyo *Edited by Daniel Penso 校正協力:ダニエル・ペンソ   Coming to