Metropolis Winter Issue 2021

Metropolis Winter Issue 2021

The creators inspiring global communities and shaping Japan’s creative landscape


Our Metropolis Winter Issue 2021 is out now! This issue, we highlight the astounding diversity and talent of Japan’s creators. From YouTubers to pro-gamers, artists, musicians, chefs and activists, we take a look at how these influencers are shaping Japan’s creative landscape and inspiring their global communities. Plus, we round up some of the top volunteer groups to get involved with this festive season, new Japan-based music and much, much more. Find a copy around Tokyo (locations below) or read it online.

If all that’s still not enough for you, follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for the very latest updates on our articles and Tokyo news. If you’re looking to dive into the music scene here, check out our Spotify, and if you’d ever like to get in touch with us, whether you’ve a story to share or just have a question, drop us a message at or DM us on Instagram. We always love hearing from you! 


Some highlights:

Pop Culture Calculated in Cardboard |Blurring the lines between fan art and fine art with Monami Ohno


Beyond the View Counter |  YouTuber Akidearest on mental health and cancel culture


Based in Japan Series | The Trash Taste Podcast | Turning memes, arguments and garbage opinions into success


SHAKA | For the Love of Money Gaming


xiangyu | Finding Her Rhythm | Tokyo rapper on constant reinvention


Ryoya Takashima’s Peaceful Cuisine | The wisdom of saying no  


Love Piece Club | Strengthening Sisterhood with Femtech 

Food for the Soul | Local restaurants that will warm your body & heart in no time


About Town | Giving something back to the local community


Where to find a copy of Metropolis: 

Here’s our full list (they go fast, so hurry!)
Or read it online

Some of our favorite spots are:

Book 1st Shinjuku

Books Kinokuniya Tokyo

Junkudo Bookstore Ikebukuro

Kinokuniya Main Store Shinjuku 

Maruzen Bookstore Marunouchi

National Azabu Supermarket Minamiazabu

Nissin World Delicatessen Higashi Azabu

Tower Records Shibuya

Tower Records Shinjuku

HMV Shinjuku EAST

Soul Food House Azabu

Full list


Have a wonderful winter season! Stay tuned for our Spring Issue in 2022. 

In the meantime, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Spotify for all our latest articles and Tokyo news.