As I cap off 2022 – making travel arrangements, to meet with President Takami Ohbari after he offered a personal invitation to visit New Japan Pro-Wrestling in Tokyo – it felt appropriate to reflect on MP’s amazing growth these past two issues. We have now established relationships with every major PR company in Tokyo who promote puroresu and joshi events!
I want to thank everyone who follow us on social media or gave our magazine a chance that may also stumble upon this post. My team is comprised of professional journalists, University grads, artists, web developers and community managers who are each as passionate about their craft as they are Japanese professional wrestling. Without our readers it would not have been possible to visit with Maki Itoh and Miyu Yamashita backstage, or sit down on Zoom with the incomparable Chris Jericho.

For live event coverage of independent promotions, I’ve personally traveled the world in 2022 covering shows featuring Japanese talents:
  • Los Angeles, Pomona, and Long Beach, California
  • Manchester, Britain and Nottingham, Britan
  • New York City

My sports photography becomes sharper with every outing, giving us more creative assets for the magazine.

With the legendary Fumi Saito continuing to act as our Editorial Advisor, we look to publish a very special Issue #11 – although it won’t be until Spring. The challenge from here, and I admit to being a better creative director, editor and multimedia journalist than any sort of businessman …is finding retail partners, and a publishing partner. With a multitude of website and UX improvements behind us this year along with four fantastic print issues, my hope is that 2023 will bring Monthly Puroresu the opportunity to reach more hands with better distribution.

Until then, I’ll be continuing to grow along with the team and hope to have an even bigger update from Tokyo, Japan for my next post.