Nov 16

Culture Spreaders is a new feature intended to shine a spotlight on JET alums involved in spreading and sharing Japanese culture in their home countries.  If you know of a good JET alum for a future post, just e-mail jetwit [at] tell us why you think that alum is a Culture Spreader.  (Self-nominations welcome too.)

Seattle-based Bruce Rutledge (MEF Program Chiba-ken, 1985-87) is the Editor-in-Chief of Ibuki, the “Japanese Inspired Food and Lifestyle Magazine” for the Seattle/Bellevue/Portland area.  (

I was in Seattle this past weekend and (thanks to JETAA Pacific Northwest President Sandra Sakai) was able to pick up a copy of the “I Love Kawaii” issue, which featured “6%Dokidoki Brings Happy Anarchy,” “Your Slice of Japan on the Eastside,” a recipe for green tea sweets, a travel article titled “Kanpai in Tokyo” and a sake article titled “Food pairing hints.”  The magazine also includes an extensive Japan-related business directory for the area, including restaurants, galleries, grocery stores, etc.

In addition to his work with Ibuki, Bruce is also the founder of Chin Music Press, which has put out a number of Japan-related books and takes pride in book design.

For all his work with Ibuki and Chin Music Press, Bruce is undoubtedly a major JET alum “Culture Spreader.”

3 comments so far...

  • - Culture Spreader: John Gauntner – The Sake Guy Said on November 22nd, 2010 at 1:02 am:

    […] In the “JET’s a small world” department, it turns out that both John Gauntner and last week’s “Culture Spreader” Bruce Rutledge are both originally from Cleveland and previously have met at SakeNomi in Seattle, […]

  • Bruce Rutledge Said on November 26th, 2010 at 1:46 am:

    Wow. This was a pleasant surprise. Thanks for the accolades! I encourage anyone interested in writing about Japan to get in touch. We’re looking for contributors to Ibuki (stories should have a Pacific Northwest hook) and book ideas for Chin Music. You can reach us at speak at-mark chinmusic press dot com. Former JETs Jessica Sattell and Joshua Powell are on our staff.

  • - Write for Ibuki Magazine? Book ideas for Chin Music Press? Said on November 28th, 2010 at 10:20 pm:

    […] running a “Culture Spreaders” post on MEF Bruce Rutledge a couple weeks ago, Bruce sent the following response: “Wow. This was a […]

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