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Zoria Petkoska

Tokyo Weekender commissioning editor and a polyglot, polymath, published poet. Or simply, a curious cat. Can be overly opinionated about coffee. Zoria is a neo-Tokyoite telling stories about the city in many forms. She loves all the things you would expect – travel, coffee, cyberpunk, concrete walls, power lines. The rattle of trains in the distance.

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Articles by Zoria

“Looking at Shigaraki’s tanuki, I get nostalgic about collecting them as a child.” This is the gist of an impromptu poem by Emperor Showa who launched Shigaraki’s raccoon dog (tanuki) statue into…

Stained glass with camellia motifs and pictures of sunlit churches greet visitors at Fukue Airport, on the biggest of the five Goto Islands which are located in Nagasaki Prefecture. I’m immediately given…

The people of Tokyo make this metropolis pulsate with energy. TW checks in with four of the many Tokyo voices that make the cacophony a symphony. Jordan A.Y. Smith, Poet, Professor, Translator…

Just like the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the Dubai 2020 World Expo was postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the global pandemic. Now officially underway from October 1, 2021, to…

Bonsai artisan and horticulturist Yoshinobu Tabata says that his work has no end. In writing, it may sound like a complaint, but to hear Tabata say it you’ll hear the joy behind…

Around 400 horse-riding flag-bearing samurai warriors in armor sprinting across the fields is a sight that warps all sense of reality. But it opens a convincing portal to the past for three…

The humans of Tokyo make this metropolis pulse with energy. TW checks in with four of the many Tokyo voices that make the cacophony a symphony. Stephanie Crohin, Sento Ambassador & Interior…

On the day we meet with Kengo Kuma, his Tokyo office is bathed in light and we can hear the muffled rustle from Baiso-in Temple’s bamboo trees below. This glass-walled meeting room…