With America's ever-growing appetite for manga, anime, games, J-Pop and Asian cinema, there's more Japanese pop culture to enjoy in English than ever. But anyone who's been to Japan knows that it's just the tip of the iceberg. That's where Patrick Macias and Izumi Evers of jaPRESS come in to share even more fun from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Between the two of them, Macias and Evers have produced or been involved with several cross-cultural projects that have won the hearts of comics critics, manga fans and fashion aficionados, including:
- Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms - A critically acclaimed, bittersweet manga about two young women dealing with the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima.
- Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno - From Chronicle Books, this infectiously fun illustrated field guide to Tokyo fashion tribes is filled with fun facts about Gothic Lolitas, Ganguro gals and Harajuku girls.
- Maruione.jp - Marui Department Stores' recently launched site makes it easier than ever for English-speaking fashionistas and Japanophiles to get their fix of Tokyo's latest cutting-edge couture, anime collectibles and gifts.
- Otaku USA Magazine - A bi-monthly glossy mag about otaku culture by an all-star cast of anime, manga and video game experts, including Jason Thompson and Shaenon Garrity
Check out my interview with Patrick Macias and Izumi Evers, and hear the story behind the publication of 2007's most critically acclaimed manga, Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms. Also find out how Macias assembled the Otaku USA team and jaPRESS' recent adventures in Japanese fashion.
Image credit: © jaPRESS / © Fumiyo Kouno