Japanese leather goods are trending this season. Be sure to support local brands that not only produce beautiful high-quality bags, accessories and other leather items but also do so with strict sustainability…

With her exquisite face, curvy body, famous body hair and notoriously large padded posterior, drag queen Labianna draws crowds expecting a sex goddess. But when she pulls out an enema bulb and…

“Who needs me?” asks Alex Kerr.  His question hangs suspended in the crackling virtual air before he moves to break the silence. “Disneyland really doesn’t. Osaka doesn’t either,” he says. “But Iya…

On Monday, October 4, the committee review meeting to discuss the proposal for over-the-counter access to the emergency contraceptive pill (a.k.a. EC, or the morning-after pill) was held at the Japanese Ministry…

Siberia is on fire. Europe is under water or in flames, oil spills lie in greasy films across parts of our oceans and we are all experiencing a very palpable realization that…

[Warning: this article contains explicit content] French-born porn star Axel Abysse typically blends in when in Japan. He keeps his undercut shaved and his beard trimmed. He wears sports tank tops and…

Tokyo’s concept restaurant, café and bar scene is fiercely competitive as shops look for unique, distinguishing themes to help them stand out. It can be something simple like making the establishment look…

British comedian, writer and actor BJ Fox will be familiar to many in the international community for his work with the Stand-Up Tokyo comedy collective, but now Fox is teaming up with…

People and development manager, outdoors enthusiast, Minakami ambassador and survivor of a bear encounter. These are just some of the hats that Cory McGowan has worn during his 20-plus years of living in Japan.…

“Sometimes I’m Penelope. Sometimes Pedro!” But always she is Pepe: towering, red-headed, award-winning make-up artist, working freelance during the day and reigning over Shinjuku Ni-chome at night. Her portfolio ranges from high…

“Skeletons would tell their stories if only they had a pen, a piece of paper and a bit of curiosity,” Mariia Ermilova Terada believes. She is what we call a green thinker.…

“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…