Susan Chikuba - Writer in Tokyo

Susan Chikuba

I'm a writer in Tokyo, Japan

I speak English and Japanese

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About me

Here’s the thing about pitches:

We don’t need them.

We are each of us a constantly evolving state of now.

Like the Big Bang that got us here in the first place.

Our projects are that way, too.

What to create? Let's talk.

My Creations

  1. This story on Hagiso, a real haven for creators in Tokyo, was published over two years ago when the place was just launching, and they are still going strong. Check them out at and pay a visit in person. It's a freewheeling space where artists, dancers, musicians, performers, aspiring... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  2. Paper City, a documentary film by Adrian Francis about the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo, is in production and slated for completion this year. Told from the perspective of three elderly survivors, it promises to be an achingly beautiful portrayal of hard-hitting truths we’re at no liberty to forget, especially as... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  3. The assignment was to deliver a straightforward who/what/where/when review of a photography exhibition. But my heart needed to go deeper. So I used metaphor to usher the moody sub-story safely across my editor's desk. Gallery bauhaus is a sweet venue for fine-art photography in Ochanomizu, and Jun Morinaga, now 79... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  4. Attention photographers—if you've got winter or winter-ish shots taken anywhere in Aichi prefecture in your archives, there's an opportunity to earn ¥5,000 to ¥10,000 per photo. The images could be of scenery or people or a hot steamy dish or a townscape or even art—anything around which a feel-good sketch... continue reading (0, 1 image)