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Welcome to Tokyo Calling
Tokyo Calling is a newsletter about culture, travel, urban exploration, the joys of slow life, and all things Japanese, of course.
Here you will find interviews, original articles and essays by me, Gianni Simone.
I am a Japan-based writer from Italy who regularly contributes to many English, Italian and French publications including The Japan Times, Zoom Japon, Vogue Italia and Playboy Italia.
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From politics to sports, travels and culture in all its forms, I regularly cover every aspect of Japanese society. I also blog about otaku culture at Otaku Tokyo.
So far, Tokyo Calling has featured, among other things, stories and interviews about Japanese music
immigration and refugees
interesting Tokyo neighborhoods
the sex industry
and even my close encounter with COVID-19
All these articles are free.
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The following are the projects that I’m going to share with my paid subscribers:
Greetings, dispatches from my home and surroundings in the deep Yokohama suburbs, with plenty of photos, diary entries, quotes, excerpts, and social commentary. Here’s a unique chance to learn about Japan not from academic essays but “frontline” posts that show you what it’s like to live here.
The Great Indoors, inspired by Xavier de Maistre’s Voyage around My Room and the COVID-19 pandemic, is a travelogue of sorts where instead of travelling to exotic countries or engaging in urban exploration, I explore my house. This project is part domestic travelogue, part memoir (I look back at my life and the path I’ve walked so far) and part pop sociology (I discuss what in my opinion is good and bad about life in Japan).
Faraway, So Close, on the other hand, is a classic travelogue where I chronicle my “circumnavigation” of Japan. This is an ongoing project as every year I’m taking about 7-10 days to explore a different region. I started in 2019 and will hopefully finish my travels in 2023, after which I’m going to share my findings with you.
You can also download subscriber-only PDFs:
Tokyo Geek’s Guide (by Gianni Simone)
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