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StarrWulf: Thoughts on Japan and the World 1 Week Later

Hey BT’ers! An insightful and honest observation on being in Japan during the earthquake and tsunami from Jason a.k.a. @starrwulf on Twitter. He says: “Ever since the Great Kanto-Tohoku Disaster took place, I have had some things I wanted to say–to explain where I was, what I felt, and how I feel now… It’s taken… Keep Reading

Tokyo’s First Lady Of Soul

Black Tokyo is pleased to present a new series of posts on Blacks in Japan’s entertainment industry. Our first story features singer, song writer and producer, Ms. Brenda Vaughn. According to information obtained from the CD insert of her latest single, “The Worst is Over,” Ms. Brenda Vaughn was born in Starkville, Mississippi, the eldest… Keep Reading


Black Scholars Who Make a Specialty of Asian Studies Revisited

[Originally posted in June 2008. Revisited for Black History Month] I received the following question from a new BT reader this afternoon. He asked: “Why do you find Japan so fascinating?” My quick reply to the question: “I find Japanese history and culture fascinating, the Japanese interesting (from a sociological point-of-view) and life in Japan,… Keep Reading

First Fridays & Black History Month Launch Party

Hello BT’ers! Here is the first of seven events planned by the Tokyo Black Professionals to celebrate Black History Month. The seven-event series kicks off with First Fridays! BTW, I will post various articles relating to Black History Month and of course being Black in Asia during the month of February. Have something to contribute?… Keep Reading

A photograph of Jackie Penn, an African American with family ties to Amami Oshima, shares his story about his time on the Island during the severe rain storm.

Weathering the Storm on Amami Oshima Island

An African American with family ties in Amami Oshima shares his experience. I left for Amami Oshima the following day and was greeted with sweltering heat and humidity. However, on the 18th of October the rains began to move in, starting with scattered sprinkles and slight showers.  On the 19th the frequency increased, but still offering me opportunities to get some outside work done.  However, the 20th of October was very uncooperative.  After getting back to the road we were originally on we were soon met by a one lane detour (passage) because of a land slide from the hill along the side of the road. Keep Reading

May First Friday’s at the Apple Store Ginza

Hey BT’ers!  Check out  May’s First Friday’s at the  Apple Store Ginza. Event Description: Note:  Due to Golden Week Holidays next month’s First Friday’s will be held on the 2nd Friday. However, the Black Professionals in Tokyo have a special event for this belated get-together: The Apple Store Ginza has invited the Black Professionals in Tokyo to… Keep Reading

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