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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.”



Article by Ally Hongo

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Mazekoze Island Tour: An invitation to face, celebrate and question Japan’s diversity

10 Questions With Melodie Cook and Louise George Kittaka, Editors of “Intercultural Families and Schooling in Japan: Experiences, Issues, and Challenges”

I Had Covid and This is What I Want to Say: #KansenShitakaraTsutaetai on Twitter Shares True Stories of Covid Patients in Japan

Social Media Furious After CEO of Cosmetic Company DHC Uses Racial Slur Online

A Quiet Challenge: New Mori Art Museum Director Mami Kataoka On Taking Charge of One of Tokyo's Leading Institutions Amid a Pandemic

Photographer Hideka Tonomura’s Silent Demonstration Against Cancer Stigma in Japan

Meet Japan's Top 'Granfluencers,' The Stylish and Hilarious Seniors Who Are Stealing Your Thunder on Instagram

“When Will it Ever Be Enough?”: Naomi Osaka Boycotts Semifinal Match in NY Over US Police Brutality Against Black People

In Rule-Abiding Japan, Anti-Mask Protestors Are Organizing Covid-19 ‘Cluster Festivals’

Japanese Media's “Couldn't Forgive One-Time Infidelity” Report on Anne Watanabe Divorcing Higashide Sparks Fury On Twitter

"In Space We're All Equal": Former JAXA Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Talks Equality, Global Challenges We Must Overcome Together

To The Man Who Said "If You’re A Mother, Cook This Yourself” To A Woman Buying Ready Potato Salad At A Japanese Supermarket