While living in Tokyo in the 1980s and early 90s, many of my friends were designers, or in design-related businesses. So publishing a newsletter about the professional world of Japanese design seemed like a reasonable thing to do. Since I had previously published a magazine with fairly high production values (WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing), an eight-page black-and-white newsletter was, by contrast, elementary. All I had to do was keep my eyes and ears open for anything that might be of interest to my subscribers, mainly design practices, big and small, in the U.S. and Europe. . . .