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Cole Lubchenko

Cole Lubchenko left his home in Saskatoon, Canada to chase the mysterious and romantic metropolis he read about in Murakami novels. Instead of talking to cats or mysterious women, Cole finds himself eating too many bowls of noodles, and drinking too many cans of craft beer. Cole also enjoys listening to and writing about music: particularly progressive metal, math-rock, and other painfully pretentious sounding genres. When he isn’t eating ramen or going to concerts, he travels around Japan taking photos and searching for new and exciting stories to tell. Portfolio website - www.colelubchenko.com

Articles by Cole

Japanese music fans, particularly those into post-rock, are sure to have heard of the band Mono (stylized as MONO). The Tokyo-based band led by guitarist and composer Takaakira “Taka” Goto formed in 1999. More…

As the leaves drop off the trees and fall turns into winter, venturing out gets a bit tougher and spending time in the parks and shopping streets isn’t as pleasant. Thankfully, there…

November is the first full month in a while without a state of emergency in Tokyo. While there still are some restrictions, Shimokitazawa is mostly open for business and back to normal.…

The ever-changing area along the former Odakyu line tracks has changed yet again with the addition of an innovative hotel as well as some new restaurants in Shimokita’s latest shopping complex, Shimokitazawa…

Kichijoji is almost always full of new and exciting places and experiences and this month is no exception. You can still find a bunch of new places to check out. Try some…

If they are lucky and the weather is clear, passengers aboard the Tokaido Shinkansen Line from Tokyo to Nagoya will be able to catch a panoramic view of Mount Fuji out the…

Shimokitazawa is its usual alive and exciting self this month. Of course, as always, keep in mind that Covid-19 restrictions are constantly changing and things can be canceled at short notice. But…

A new state of emergency means cancellations and postponements, so unfortunately many festivals and events are crossed off the calendar for the time being, but luckily Ueno’s wealth of museums is continuing…