Manami Okazaki is an author and journalist. She has produced 11 books (coffee-table tomes/ visual culture collectibles) on Japanese culture, art, crafts and fashion, which have been widely acclaimed by international media. She specializes in traditional Japanese culture, popular culture, travel, style, fashion, and subcultures. She is one of the best-connected English speaking journalists for Japanese subculture material. Her long-term projects are represented in her books.
Many of her projects represent her work with over 250 craftspeople across Japan, ranging from ceramics makers to exclusive kimono ateliers. She gives talks at cultural institutions internationally on Japanese culture and curates accessible and popular exhibitions with Japanese artisans that appeal to a contemporary audience.
She holds a master's degree from Columbia University in Journalism.
Her journalism commissions have taken her to explore anarchists in Greece, Lucha Libre in Mexico City, surf culture in Puerto Escondido, Paris fashion week, Muay Thai in Bangkok, HIV Buddhist temples in Lopburi, architecture in Berlin and so on. An avid traveler, she has been to over 50 countries and has written countless travel stories both internationally and within Japan.
On her time off, she likes the quiet life, tropical island living, Tie Guan Yin tea, dim sum breakfasts with her BF, hanging at the beach with her 2 rescue dogs, hot springs, anime, snowboarding, temple hopping, and boating around the vast ocean to look at cute and weird underwater wildilfe.
Manami Okazaki has been interviewed for/ her work has been positively covered in media such as: Wall Street Journal, WSJ Live, the Independent Newspaper, LA Times (summer recommended fashion reading), Chicago Tribune (5 Great Fashion Forward Summer Readings Books list), Vogue (it and de), the Japan Times, South China Morning Post, MTV UK, Marie Claire (Aus), tank Magazine, Creative Boom, Smithsonian APA, AFP, Destinasian, Fodor's Essential Japan (selected in their "read this" list) Mac Design directory, FHM, Asian Geographic (best of), Kyoto Journal, Number One Shinbun (FCCJ publication), FCCJ Dateline (for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website), BranD magazine, lomography, time out, Amateur photography magazine, Front, Proper Mag, newsweek, First we Feast, Bustle, La Tercera, Sneaker Freaker, Jet star inflight magazine, Redbull Radio, ELLE JP (selected as "one of three books to move the soul") , Cebu Inflight magazine, address, Kaltblut, shutterbug, (tanoyaku)Toyoko Inn in room magazine, GUP, boing boing, SHIFT, Huffington Post, Skin Deep, Total Tattoo, Flint, the Debrief, O Globo newspaper, Canadian Globe and Mail, i-D, france2 france TV (Leçon de style de Caroline ), Swiss Note, schanufesnter die presse, Get lost, senses lost, Esthetica, Luxury LIfestyle, Herzfelder Zeitung, Japan Lifestyle, Suitcase, Schon!, Kaltblut, destinasian, TWELV, Japan Trends, Art and Sole, Maxim, Max, Media Corp’s Culture Shock documentary “On Beauty”, Radio FM Kronos Sound of Life show. Scroll down for books! All the content in the books were produced, and conceptualized by Manami Okazaki, including the photoshoots (with very few exceptions).