Animator Keiichiro Kimura has passed away. Kimura worked as a character designer and director on iconic shows like Cyborg 009 and Tiger Mask. He was 80 years old. In 2015, there was a Kickstarter for Go! Samurai, a hand-drawn sketch animation by Kimura. May he rest in peace.


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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.