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Ashley Tsuruoka

Ashley is a writer, poet and artist from New York City living in Tokyo. Her projects and performances have been presented at media and arts festivals in Japan and the US. She has a master's in music from New York University and organizes group poetry workshops for children.

Articles

Culture

10 Artsy and Creative Chocolates in Japan

A visual taste of ten creative chocolates made by artists and chocolatiers in Japan.

By 4 min read

Culture

Taiko Drum History and Culture in Japan

What are those big powerful drums you see at festivals in Japan?

By 3 min read

Events

Christmas Concerts and Performances in Tokyo for 2023

Experience world-class performances of classics like The Nutcracker and the Mouse King—a truly exquisite way to celebrate the holidays in Tokyo.

By 4 min read

Live

Why Autumn is My Favorite Season in Japan

From seasonal treats to vibrant colors, fall is the perfect time of year.

By 4 min read 1

Explore

15 Spots in Tokyo Every Photographer Should Know

Whether you're a professional photographer or simply a shutterbug, here are some top photo spots you shouldn't miss.

By 4 min read

Culture

10 Japanese Books To Read This Halloween

In the spirit of spooky season, it’s time to delve into the mysterious, the unsettling and the downright terrifying.

By 5 min read

Live

How to Practice Music in Japanese Apartments or Find Studio Spaces

The best solutions for playing guitar, piano or other instruments with small, albeit cozy, sound-leaking apartments.

By 3 min read

Events

What is The Nara Deer Antler-Cutting Ceremony?

Beneath the sprawling canopies of ancient trees in Nara, Japan, an ancient ceremony unfolds with the arrival of autumn.

By 4 min read 2

Culture

Cautionary Kappa Folktales and Modern Japan

Discover the mischievous water-dweller believed to inhabit Japan's swamps, lakes and rivers. 

By 5 min read