Manami Okazaki

Manami Okazaki is a freelance journalist and author. She has written 10 books on Japanese fashion, crafts and culture, and covers Asian popular culture for publications globally. She also profiles photographers and writes about photography culture.

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How songs became powerful weapons for protesters around the world

From Glory to Hong Kong to Blowin’ in the Wind, songs taken up by civil movements have brought people together through a shared sense of purpose.

From Glory to Hong Kong to Blowin’ in the Wind, songs taken up by civil movements have brought people together through a shared sense of purpose.

29 Dec 2019 - 6:09AM
Hong Kong has the highest life expectancy in the world – what is the secret behind it?

The dense, compact environment – with easy access to medical facilities – combined with the traditional Chinese culture of caring for the elderly have contributed to its population living to a ripe old age. But can it retain the title of highest life expectancy in the world?

The dense, compact environment – with easy access to medical facilities – combined with the traditional Chinese culture of caring for the elderly have contributed to its population living to a ripe old age. But can it retain the title of highest life expectancy in the world?

26 Oct 2019 - 9:07AM
Why Hong Kong artists and activists are turning to zines in the digital age

The independently published ‘pocket-sized works of art’ are undergoing something of a resurgence worldwide. In Hong Kong, with its rich printing history, youngsters have discovered a whole other avenue of expression

The independently published ‘pocket-sized works of art’ are undergoing something of a resurgence worldwide. In Hong Kong, with its rich printing history, youngsters have discovered a whole other avenue of expression

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
The Holga story: a cheap plastic camera made in Hong Kong and how it became a cult classic

The 1980s plastic camera that takes far from perfect pictures soared in popularity in the 2000s – thanks to photojournalists such as David Burnett and Teru Kuwayama; now attempts are being made to resurrect it

The 1980s plastic camera that takes far from perfect pictures soared in popularity in the 2000s – thanks to photojournalists such as David Burnett and Teru Kuwayama; now attempts are being made to resurrect it

10 Mar 2021 - 2:56PM
Kawaii Hong Kong: how city’s Lolitas live the cute dream

One of Japan’s most recognisable exports, the fashion for all things ‘cute’ is being embraced by Hong Kong enthusiasts and an open-minded public

One of Japan’s most recognisable exports, the fashion for all things ‘cute’ is being embraced by Hong Kong enthusiasts and an open-minded public

23 Nov 2016 - 5:52PM