Here’s a fun way to start off your Nippon-infused 2016: with everyone’s guilty pleasure—a list post—of our favorite Tokyo tweeters (or at least Japan related) broadcasting their opinions, anecdotes and banter unto the twitterverse.
I’ve assembled this higgledy-pickeldy list of who I find most interesting, insightful, on topic and funny. Some of the tweeps below have very deep and in-depth knowledge of Japan whilst others are newer, but for their anecdotes I click the heart button in equal measure. I’ve also bunged the lot into a list for ease of following/trolling.
So without further adieu, in no particular order:
Tokyo Cheapo Recommended People Tweeting About Tokyo/Japan
Salaryman. A biographer of cities, interested in history, art & architecture, Japanese film, cartography, urbanism and mass transit.
Best avatar eva. British scientist based in Kyushuu. Funny.
Occasional drunk tweeter, semi-regular tech tweeter and plenty of fun Tokyo/Japan anecdotes.
Our favorite tweeter of late: funny, interesting with a healthy dose of cynicism.
Self-proclaimed “tiny cog in the Hollywood machine” + fun anecdotes from Tokyo.
Dutch architect based in Tokyo.
One of our founders, and veteran Tokyo Cheapo.
A new mom who will hopefully get back to a normal sleeping pattern soon so she can return to her regular job of reporting on the smells on the Keio Line. Also a talented freelance writer who we are unfortunately too cheap to afford.
More fun Tokyo anecdotal tweeting.
Me! Sporadic pictures of dogs in coats, Engrish and pseudo-philosophical musings.
Bite-sized 140 character doses of rage from the streets of Tokyo. Also raging about tech and politics.
Our favorite British eccentric based in Tokyo. Watch out for the neon flashing head gear/full body apparatus.
Our sister site for the rest of Japan.
Language teacher tweeting a daily dose of topical Japanese vocab.
Long-term foreign resident in Japan who really likes Japanese history and taking photos.
A writer-for-hire living in Japan and interested in the 4 Ms: movies, music, money, and media.
Everyone’s favorite Japan expert/cynic/basher. Funny, very funny if you’ve been here a while.
UK born, Tokyo based. Tweeting politics, news and views from the APAC. Curator of @Japan_Notes.
Less on anecdote, but more on fact and analysis, below are our journey tweeps:
Vice President, Teneo Intelligence. Japan analyst.
Barron’s Asia executive editor, author of ‘Japanization’, pop culture junkie.
Tokyo writer focused on tech, biz, travel, occasional book reviews for @JapanTimes; author, Loving the Machine; ex-IDG, CNET, Lonely Planet.
Correspondent for the Guardian & Observer.
Veteran bilingual YouTuber and tweeter, a good all-round Japan expert and entertainer. Originally from NZ.
Asia Editor, The Times. Author of ‘People Who Eat Darkness’ and ‘In the Time of Madness’.
New York Times reporter, awesome journo. Now based in New York, but continues to drop gold nuggets of Japan wisdom and analysis.
A long-term Japaneer and academic with political insight, observation and comic flare for sarcasm.
Tokyo-based freelance journalist. BBC online, International NYTs, The Bookseller, and others.
Our favorite (read: cheapest) maid cafes in Akihabara. These types of cafes are one of Japan’s pop culture icons.