Who runs the show: Kunihiro Nagasaka, Editor
Name of the game: National Geographic Japan
When it all started: April 1995
Where it all happens: Tokyo, Japan
Who makes it happen: Five production staff and three layout designers
What goes out: More than 124,000 issues a month
Upcoming GeoHappenings: Afghan Refugee Girl: Photographer Steve McCurry exhibits his Afghanistan work and speaks to subscribers about finding the subject of his most famous photograph on December 3.
6th Annual Subscribers' Photo Contest: Steve McCurry and others will judge photo entries from subscribers on December 4.
Business as usual: "While producing an issue, each of us drink about 10 or 15 cups of Japanese tea, coffee, or mineral water a day. During that time I may drink a lot more tea than average; I prefer its smell and astringent taste."
Best stress relievers: "One of our staff members swims in the morning. Another one plays basketball a couple of times a week. On my way to the office, I take photos of temples, shrines, and rice fields with my new Leica M7."
Best office perk: "All male staff wear a suit and tie to work, but I always wear casual clothes. An editor-in-chief needs to relax to come up with good ideas. A formal style prevents me from doing that."
What's great about the Japanese: "We're known for our diligence and graceful manner. Japanese people put much importance on harmony with nature, a quality that's reflected in the way we preserve the natural form in our gardens."
What's great about Japan: "The landscape, with traditional villages set among mountains and streams, is the essence of Japan. It becomes a beautiful white world in winter. In spring, everything is in bloom. In summer, we relax under broad tree branches. And in autumn, my favorite season, the forests transform into the rich reds, yellows, and browns of a painting in the nishiki-e style."