We want Americans to know more about Japan.
Japan has so much to offer.
There is a certain something that connects the beauty of Japan’s ancient arts to today’s entertainment and pop culture.
It’s that “certain something” that we’ll focus on as we explore authentic Japanese art, culture and thought.
There’s a quality bordering on obsession in Japan known as kodawari. We’ll bring you articles and artwork driven by our own kodawari.

Once Americans know the real Japan, they should experience it.
Japan offers those experiences.
We want to become a bridge between the two.
That’s our goal.

Viva cultural diversity!



Komori Ryosuke

Ryosuke Komori was born and raised in Kyoto. The city's deep cultural heritage and centuries-old traditions helped shape him as a young man and still influence him today. As a college student, he and friends started an email magazine business called MaguMagu! The success of that business made Ryosuke realize he needed to tell more stories about Japan in new ways. That's how QAZJapan and Origami magazine were born. With QAZJapan, Ryosuke is taking his media skills to a whole new level! He hopes you dive into the site and enjoy.

Editor in Chief

Bruce Rutledge

Bruce Rutledge loves books, baseball, and Pacific Northwest beer, He also loves Japan and has dedicated his career to telling more stories about the country through books, magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, and now, on QAZJapan. He works in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Come visit him in his store in the Down Under.

Executive Writer

Yasushi Kurita

Yasushi Kurita was born in Tokyo. He has spent the last 30 years as a writer for print publications and TV. When he was in college, he spent two years in New York. His favorite band is the Atlanta Rhythm Section, making him one of about 15 Japanese people who actually like that band.


Makiko Pierce

Makiko "Queen of Deadlines" Pierce is an Osaka native who has lived in the greater Seattle area since 2000. During her occasional trips to Japan, Makiko makes a point of finding the most interesting cafes in Japan to introduce to Origami readers. She is also a better proofreader (in English, her second language) than our US-born editor in chief.

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