Black Tokyo Website

Black Tokyo (BT) was created in 1999 to provide a voice and a network for Blacks living in Japan.

Black Tokyo Creative Director

Eric L. Robinson (Zurui / @blacktokyo) has resided in  Asia for about two decades. Spending almost 17-years in Japan, he writes on things Japan based on his experiences as a Marine in Okinawa, business owner in Osaka and Tokyo, actor and businessman. His Black Tokyo blog posts have been mentioned on CNN, CNN Political Blog, France 24, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Japan Times and others. Zurui earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York, diplomas from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Basic and Intermediate Korean language and is completing his thesis for a Master of Arts in Security Affairs – Far East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Zurui is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, former Interrogator – Translator, and  speaks English, Japanese and Korean. He is currently working on a fictional novel that deals with his life in Japan and other parts of Asia over the span of 31 years.

Black Tokyo Webmaster & Moderator

Brad Bell (@ogPegasus303) – Los Angeles, California: Update soon!

Black Tokyo Contributing Writer on Okinawa, Militarization and Race

Mitzi Uehara Carter (@gritsnsushi) Okinawa, Japan: Black/Okinawan tweeting/blogging about Okinawa, militarization, and race.   PhD candidate in the Anthropology Dept at Berkeley. Update soon!

Black Tokyo Contributing Writer & Reporter

Jason Gatewood (@starrwulfe) – Yokohama, Japan: Tech nerd, h@x0r, Japanophile, 一般な933K, @RikkyoUniv sensei. I’m on a never-ending quest to better myself through living my dreams without regret or shame. Update soon!


Black Tokyo Contributing Writer & Reporter on Sailing and All Things Zen

Fu Miyatani French  – You can learn more about Fu, a.k.a. Zen, here and here.

Black Tokyo Contributing Writer & Reporter

L. Taz Hicks (@Onmugen) – Yokohama, Japan: Music producer and Lyric writer living in Japan and loving it! Update soon!


Black Tokyo Disclaimer

All content is based on contributors personal and professional experience and research. The opinions of independent BT  writers DO NOT represent the views of any branch of the US Government, the Government of Japan, public or private companies, any political party or public/private organization.

BT receives no public funding. BT may periodically sell merchandise purchased with the personal funds of the site owner to fund BT-related events or to manufacture additional BT-themed items.

Black Tokyo and BT 9638010 are the registered trademark properties of the site owner. Additionally, content received from contributing writers or via links to other websites/blogs (see Common Creative for additional information) may not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Zurui or BT. However, in order to provide fair and balanced reporting and to present the other side of a story, there may be posts that run counter to personal or public opinion.

Please feel free to email your questions or comments to: blacktokyo1[at mark]

Thank you for reading Black Tokyo!

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