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People in the World | Kumi Isayama

Where do you live now and how long have you been living there?

I was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan and I moved  to Los Angeles at the age of 11. I returned to Tokyo before finishing high school and have been living here since.


What are you currently working as?

I’m currently an English/Japanese translator specializing in Japanese subtitles for English TV and films.


What languages are you able to speak?

I’m fluent in Japanese, English and a tiny bit of French.


What is  your native language?

It’s Japanese.


Describe your personality.

I am calm, discreet and sober.


What music are you currently listening to?

Black and White America by Lenny Kravitz


Which do you spend more time on; TV series, movies or books? Name three to five of your favourite titles.

Watching English TV series is part of my job! Right now my favourites are The Good Wife and Grey’s Anatomy. In my free time I try to watch films as much as possible both in theatres and on DVD. I’m currently reading  “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer .


Where would you recommend us to stay on a visit to Tokyo?

ARIETTA Hotel in Gotanda seems quite neat and cozy.  I’ve never stayed there myself but I’m a frequent visitor of their Trattoria, Pizzeria and Panetteria on the ground floor.


Are there any restaurants you would recommend us to visit in Tokyo?
I would recomming giving Chillin’  for some Japanese soba and AW kitchen for pasta.


How about cool cafes?

Nemo Bakery and Cafe 6Chome .


Share with us some awesome stores in Tokyo.

The basement floor of any high-class department stores known as “Depachika”  is awesome with a huge food emporium serving the latest food trends.


What is Tokyo’s best kept secret?

Kappa-bashi, a block between Ueno and  Asakusa, there’s a so-called Kitchen Town  where you find anything and everything your kitchen needs and more (even plastic food samples!).  Local drug store chains are full of cosmetics, home supplies and snacks at very reasonable prices.


We should visit your city because …

Why not???


What were the last three cities you visited?

Nagano, Kyoto, and  Hokkaido – I have been a local traveller lately.


Which city do you plan to visit next?

I recently just returned from a weekend trip from Singapore and already, I want to go back!


What do you do in your free time?

I walk instead of getting on a train, and go to a large book store.


Describe your personal style.

Clean, chic and age-appropriate


What inspires you – do you have a motto in life?

Never say never.


Which would you choose; Android, Blackberry or Iphone?

Shame! None of the above.


– Paul Khor



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