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Ally Hongo

Tokyo Weekender's Chief Digital Content Manager. From Bulgarian native to practically a Tokyoite, Ally has spent the better part of 20 years living in Japan. Taking full advantage of her perfect charm, Ally has a knack for instantly putting people at ease and talking for hours like life-long friends, and in turn, is entrusted with telling their stories to the rest of us through her writing. One could describe Ally as passionate, adventurous and irritatingly positive. She lives with her husband, son, and two very fat cats — which (in their defence) may very well be attributed to the fact that Ally considers cucumbers with cream “a salad.”

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“I don’t expect our society to change because of the show, but if viewers start questioning a thing or two after watching; if they begin feeling uneasy (with the status quo), I…

For most international families living in Japan, the question of whether they should send their children through the Japanese schooling system or an international — or an alternative (does that exist?) —…

It has been a little over a year since the first Covid-19 news reports were broadcasted in Japan. I remember quite vividly when reporters and specialists at the time spoke about a…

“For some reason, the models hired for Suntory’s commercials are almost all Korean-Japanese. And that’s why they’re mocked online as ‘Chontory.’ [On the contrary], “From the celebrities we use [for promotions] to…

In September 2019, just months before assuming her role as the new director of Mori Art Museum (MAM), Mami Kataoka sat with 4,000 professionals at the International Council of Museums annual conference…

She packs her 20-something kilograms of equipment as she takes off to yet another photoshoot: It’s another day, another face, another prefecture somewhere in Japan. But as she heads to meet her…

On September 21, Japan celebrated Respect for the Aged Day, a holiday dedicated to the ever-growing senior population in the country and the wisdom, experience, patience and creativity that come with every…

“When will it ever be enough?” Professional tennis player Naomi Osaka voiced the thoughts of millions of people across the globe as we are yet again shaken up at the news reports of…