No.68 [DESTINY] A good fairy called Asakawa

A great admirer of Tsuge Yoshiharu, Asakawa Mitsuhiro worked hard to ensure his work was finally published in its entirety in the West.   An expert on mangaka, Asakawa Mitsuhiro talks about his ties to Tsuge and his views on his work. Few people know Tsuge Yoshiharu’s work better than Asakawa[...]

No.68 [FOCUS] Tsuge Yoshiharu’s japan

Taken from “Ri-san ikka” (The Family of Mr Lee), which first appeared in issue no. 34 of Garo (June 1967, pp. 177-188).   For the first time in France, the entire work of this manga genius has been published in translation by Cornelius. The best works of art are those that stay with you for[...]

No.67 [MUSIC] Rock’n’roll attitude

Yoshiki considers himself to be the spokesperson of Turtle Island rather than its leader.   A good example of creativity used to help others, every year Turtle Island organises a unique kind of music festival. Few bands in Japan are as exciting as Turtle Island. Formed in 1999 in Toyota, near N[...]

No.67 [PUBLISHING] First impressions of Tokyo

Hajime is the first work to be published by the ToCo collective, in which artists recall their first impressions of the Japanese capital.   Unity is strength. By embracing this old adage, artists have joined together to produce high-quality zines. Koenji is a nice, quiet place in the Tokyo subu[...]

No.67 [TREND] A new vision of economic exchange

Benjamin Parks for Zoom Japan In West Tokyo, there’s a new kind of market where people come to donate things they no longer need. On a warm Sunday afternoon, I find myself outside Kunitachi Station, in Tokyo’s western suburbs. The streets are still wet, but luckily last night’s rain has been r[...]

No.66 [ENCOUNTER] The Mishima experience

Promoting zines is an important part of Cry in Public’s activities.   Outside the Japanese capital, there are numerous very active groups supporting entrepreneurial freedom. DIY culture can flourish anywhere, and Mishima is no exception. Located in Shizuoka Prefecture, some 90 km south of Tok[...]

No.67 [FOCUS] An alternative Japan

Situated in the Kamagasaki district of Osaka, Cocoroom was founded by the poet Ueda Kanayo.   After the madness of the financial bubble and the subsequent crisis, some people are rethinking the way society interacts. Once upon a time, Japan was in flames, literally. As we reported in our April [...]

No.66 [ORGANISATION] Converting the try

2019 RWc   According to the Organising Committee of the 2019 RWC, arrangements for the competition are well in hand. With less than a year to go before the much anticipated 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off, Zoom Japan checked how things are progressing with Nicholas van Santen, International Comm[...]

No.66 [REPORT] The oval ball as a cure

Benjamin Parks for Zoom Japan   A victim of the 2011 tsunami, Kamaishi turned to its tradition of rugby playing to help its recovery. Most people who come to Kamaishi by train do the last leg of their journey on the lovely Kamaishi Line, a 90 km railway which meanders through deep valleys thick[...]

No.66 [ENCOUNTER] A rapidly evolving game

Benjamin Parks for Zoom Japan   A keen observer of rugby, the editorin- chief of Rugby Magazine shares his analysis of the Japanese game. The Japanese rugby movement has a nominal base of about 120,000 players – not only lower than traditional world powers such as England, France and South Af[...]