What we do
what we are good at
Working in fashion, art, culture and IT
Planning, editing and writing for online and offline publications
Translation / transcreation from English into Japanese and vice versa
Editor & Translator
Currently based in Tokyo, Hidetaka Furuya is a freelance editor and translator. After graduating from SOAS (the University of London) with a degree in Politics, he went on to study Fashion Promotion Media at London College of Fashion. After returning to Tokyo, he started his own project, Northern Projects.
Hidetaka has worked with a wide range of clients, including Hogarth Worldwide, Burberry, Shiseido, Nanjo and Associates, Towada Art Center, Time Out Tokyo, CR Fashion Book, WWD Japan, Cibone and LN-CC, among many others. He was previously Editor-in-Chief at the Fashion Post, an online English/Japanese fashion and lifestyle journal. In 2010, he translated for Aichi Triennale. In 2011, he also translated the websites for the Creative Tokyo Project organized by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
When Hidetaka is not working, he likes to take a refreshing walk around the park in front of his flat. He also enjoys visiting vintage furniture stores and greening his work space with a selection of beautiful succulent plants.
Annabella Massey is a PhD student at the University of Oxford, currently working on a thesis which examines cosmopolitanism and the new East Asian city in modern Chinese literature, film, and visual art. She holds an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick.
Studying works of Japanese literature during her undergraduate degree ignited her interest in contemporary East Asian aesthetics, prompting her into applying for the JET Programme. She was subsequently lucky enough to spend two years (2011 – 2013) living in Japan, based in beautiful Yamanashi prefecture. Annabella began feeding her enthusiasm for fashion, art, and new media – not to mention excellent cafes and impeccable grammar – by working for Northern Projects almost immediately upon her arrival. She has been involved ever since.
Annabella is the 2015 recipient of Oxford University’s Ko Prize for Modern Chinese Studies, and is also a current Clarendon Scholar. She loves literature, cinema, art, and travel. She also writes creatively; some of her work can be found in The Salt Book of Younger Poets. She currently resides in Oxford, England.