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Lisa Wallin
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.”

Articles by Alexandra

Earlier this year, at an Upper House meeting, Finance Minister Taro Aso stated that his country’s relatively-low Covid-19 mortality rate and overall management of the pandemic is due to “the superiority of…

The long-rumored divorce of one of Japan’s most high-profile couples was announced this Saturday, but it wasn’t the divorce itself that had people furiously tweeting and debating online: It was the way…

On the day we are scheduled to meet, I arrive early, impatient and restless. It has been nearly a decade since I first envisioned this moment – sitting face-to-face with the second…

As a full-time working mother of a son who just turned one, it breaks my heart every time I have to tell him to wait — as if he could understand me — while…

In the aftermath of the brutal death of George Floyd, on the other side of the Pacific ocean, Terry Wright, a Japan-based dancer and Naomi Kawahara, a Japanese web creative, instantly knew…

If Shimane were a fantasy character, she would be the quiet one pretending to be just an ordinary person while, in fact, she’d be the one leading the story in a genuinely…

Japanese television has an uncomfortable tendency to produce embarrassing (read, racist) videos and programs when discussing topics related to non-Japanese people or affairs. In 2018, Japanese comedian Masatoshi Hamada appeared on a New Year’s Eve…

“Every day, at around 4 pm, my 5-year-old asks what today’s number of infections was in Tokyo. It must be the news,” the man says as he looks out of the window overseeing…