What does “MARU” mean? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.16

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Kelly Sun Mail to:   Yokohama The second largest city in Japan by population, after Tokyo. Yokohama developed rapidly as Japan’s prominent port city following the end of Japan’s relative isolation in the mid-19th century, and is today one of its major ports. *Yokohama. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved November 6, 2017, from   Yamashita Park A public park which was opened in 1930. It’s famous for its waterfront views of the Port of Yokohama. *Yamashita Park. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved November 6, 2017, from   Students from Taiwan We are sisters


Why do some Japanese people wear masks? – Tell me, Japanese people! Vol.9

Produced by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Daniel Penso Mail to:   Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden A large park and garden in Shinjuku and Shibuya. It was originally a residence of one of the most powerful and wealthy Japanese families (Naito Family) in the Edo period. Afterwards, it became a garden under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. It is now a national park under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Environment. *Shinjuku Gyoen. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 28, 2017, from 日本語   Family from France We came to Tokyo from a small town


Ceremony of the 9th International MANGA Award

Reported by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to: Do you know the “Nobel Prize for Manga”? The International MANGA Award was set up in 2007 with a desire of Mr. Taro Aso, then Foreign Minister. Mr. Aso thought, “We want to give the ‘Nobel Prize for Manga’ as people from its birthplace to the young standard-bearers of Manga abroad” In 2016, they marked the 9th anniversary of the award. 259 works were submitted from 46 countries. The ceremony, which was held at Iikura Guest House on February 26, honored 14 best works, 3 nominees awarded the Silver Award and 1 nominee


Rakugo is the dreamland in my life.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to:   Chi-Fen Wu (Taiwan) Rakugo Performer   We’ve covered some people who are engaged in a Japanese traditional verbal entertainment called “Rakugo“, which is performed by a lone storyteller. Even though you have to know about Japanese culture, language and customs deeper in order to enjoy rakugo, it’s getting popular among foreigners. There are some non-Japanese rakugo performers who we’ve interviewed from the US, Turkey, UK and Sweden. Now let us introduce you to another performer from Taiwan named Chi-Fen Wu, a.k.a. “Giran-tei Shoronpo (宜蘭亭小籠包)”. We met her for the first


I feel like my students are my daughters when I see them enjoying dishes that I cooked.

Interviewed & written by Isao Tokuhashi Mail to:   Sohon Se (Taiwan) Taiwanese-Chinese cuisine instructor (She’s been in Japan since ’97) My Eyes Tokyo brings you interviews with teachers from “Niki’s Kitchen“. It’s a cooking school in which foreigners teach their homeland dishes to Japanese people. The 2nd interviewee is Sohon Se from Taiwan. She holds cooking classes three or four times a month at her home in a quiet residential area. As soon as the info about her class is uploaded onto Niki’s homepage, it’s booked up. She analyzes the reason for it; “Our food culture is close to