Lucy Birmingham


Lucy Birmingham has worked as a journalist, writer, author, editor, TV co-host, and photojournalist for many years in Tokyo, Japan. She is now based in Los Angeles and establishing a video production business. 

For her video production work, please view her YouTube channel

As a journalist and writer, her articles have appeared in many publications such as TIME magazine,, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Bloomberg News and Architectural Digest. As an arts and culture writer her articles have appeared in publications including,, ARTnews, Artscape Japan. 

As an editor and TV co-host for NHK (Japan’s public broadcaster) since 2000, she has worked in both television and radio for news, business, fashion, art, documentary and interview programs.

Among her published books she has co-authored, Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Her photography has been featured in books including the travel classic Old Kyoto: A Guide to Shops, Inns and Restaurants; Living Traditions of Old Kyoto; Tokyo: A Financial Center; and A Day in the Life of Japan. She wrote and photographed the children’s book Hirofumi and Masayo: Brother and Sister in Japan, that was translated into six languages. 

As a photojournalist and former Gamma Presse stringer, her work has appeared in publications including Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, and U.S. News and World Report.

Her corporate copywriting work includes promotional and advertising copy for Kanebo Cosmetics; Tokyo shopping guides for Visa Japan; condensed reports for the McKinsey & Company website, Consumer & Shopper Insights Asia.

She was president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan from 2013~2015, on the board of directors from 2010-2015, and a member since the 1980s.

Strong In The Rain

Temple Univ. Japan Campus – Strong in the Rain Book Talk (Jan. 25, 2013)


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