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is the author of several acclaimed works on Japan and Japanese culture. He was befriended by "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka in the late 1970s and maintained a close relationship with him until his death in 1989. Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, Schodt frequently served as Tezuka's interpreter and is the translator of several of Tezuka's manga, including the 23-volume Astro Boy series. He won the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award in 2000 for helping to popularize manga overseas. In 2009, Fred was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Japanese Government for his work in helping to promote Japan's popular culture overseas. He lives in San Francisco.

Abigail Friedman

A retired diplomat and accomplished, award-winning haiku poet, began composing haiku in a haiku group that met at the foot of Mt. Fuji, led by Japanese haiku master Momoko Kuroda.

Albert Wolfe

Having struggled to learn Chinese outside of a classroom setting, understands how difficult and daunting learning a new language can be. He explores practical tips and tricks for becoming fluent in his book Chinese 24/7.

Amy Chavez

Lived in Japan for 25 years and writes about cultural differences between Japan and the West for the Japan Times, Huffpo, and RocketNews24.

Andrew Osmond

A freelance journalist who has written about anime for fifteen years. His articles and reviews have appeared in Animerica, Total Anime, Neo, Manga Max, SFX, Sight and Sound, Empire, and other outlets.

Basil Hall Chamberlin

A professor of Japanese at Tokyo Imperial University and one of the foremost British. Japanologistsactive in Japan during the late 19th century.

Brian Szepkouski

President of Szepko International Inc., a consulting firm whose mission is developing individual and organizational effectiveness.


Daiki Kusuya

Born in Tokyo, a translator of scientific documents and author of Katakana Tangology.


Donna George Storey

Has published over a hundred literary and erotic stories and essays in Prairie Schooner, Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, Wine Spectator, Best American Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, and Best Women’s Erotica

Eve Kushner

A writer in Berkeley, California. In addition to placing 315 articles in 35 markets, she has published two books. Both are in their second printings.

Frank MacHovec

A retired psychologist, has been a student of Eastern philosophies for decades and has previously published translations of several sacred works. He lives in eastern Virginia.

Frederik H. Green

Author of numerous articles and book chapters on the literature and culture of the Qing dynasty and the Republican Period, Sino-Japanese cultural relations, post-socialist Chinese cinema, and contemporary Chinese art.

Gil Asakawa

The author of Being Japanese American (Stone Bridge Press, 2004) and co-author of The Toy Book (Knopf, 1991).

Gregg Krech

The author of the award winning book Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self Reflection (Stone Bridge Press).

H. E. Davey

Director of the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts. He has decades of training in Japanese yoga, healing arts, martial arts, and fine arts.

Heidi Varian

Began a taiko career in the 1980s, performing in feature film soundtracks, recordings and live events worldwide with San Francisco Taiko Dojo.


Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama

Immigrated to the United States in 1904 where he wrote The Four Immigrants Manga,  an early example of autobiographical comics.

Hisao Inagaki

Recipient of the 43rd Bukkyo Dendo Distinguished Service Award. The honour is presented to personalities who have made important contributions to the promotion of Buddhism.


Homare Endo

The author of Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun. She was born in China in 1941, lived through the Chinese Revolutionary War, and returned to Japan in 1953.

Isabella L. Bird

A pioneering woman adventurer who wrote many books about faraway places.

Janet Pocorobba

Involved with Japan includes two decades of performing Japanese arts on two continents. She plays shamisen, the three drums of the kabuki orchestra (kotsuzumi, otsuzumi, and shimedaiko), and Japanese dance.

Akiko Shimojima

A comic artist from Japan whose comics have been published by several companies in Japan as well as worldwide.

Alexander Jacoby

A lecturer in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK where he teaches contemporary Japanese cinema, has had a number of articles published on world cinema, with a particular emphasis on Japanese film.


Andrew Horvat

Visiting professor at Tokyo Keizai University and lecturer at Showa Women's University, teaches courses on cross-cultural communication, language policy, and Northeast Asian regional issues.

Arturo Silva

Arturo Silva spent 18 years in Tokyo and now lives in Vienna, Austria, where he teaches and writes about film.

Brian Camp

Program Manager at CUNY-TV in New York, was a regular contributor to Animerica: Anime & Manga Monthly, and has taught a course on anime at New York's School of Visual Arts.


Christian Tschumi

Has written numerous articles on Japanese gardens and won awards, including the Ikea Award 1996 for landscape design and the Monbusho Grant 2000 from the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Donald Richie

Well known for his instrumental role in introducing Japanese film to the West and for his travel memoir The Inland Sea, which was adapted into a popular PBS documentary. 

Ernest F. Fenollosa

An educator who helped introduce Westerners to traditional Japanese art forms. An important educator during the modernization of Japan during the Meiji Era, Fenollosa was an enthusiastic Orientalist who did much to preserve traditional Japanese art.

Florence Temko

Was the most prolific author on origami in the English language and a pioneer in spreading the art in the United States. She was the creator of more than 250 original origami designs and traveled in 31 countries where she met with many local artists and artisans.


Fred Patten

Discovered manga and anime in the 1970s and was a co-founder of the first American anime fan club in 1977. He has been writing about anime since the early 1980s for popular culture magazines like Starlog and for specialty magazines like Manga Max

Frederik L. Schodt

Fluent in spoken and written Japanese, is an author and translator of impressive breadth. He has written extensively on Japanese manga, as well as on pop culture, technology, and history. 

Gilles Poitras

A writer on anime, manga and Japanese culture. He has taken his popular anime website and created a print version in the form of The Anime Companion.

Gregory Shepherd

Studied Zen Buddhism since the early 1970s and is currently Associate Professor of music at Kauai Community College.


Hanako Wakiyama

Developed a love of art early on, and her first illustration project, Wendy Tokuda's Humphrey, the Lost Whale: A True Story, was published shortly after she completed college.

Helen McCarthy

The former editor of Anime UK and Manga Mania magazines and the author of several books. A winner of the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture, McCarthy regularly curates films at the Barbican in London.

Hiroaki Sato

A prolific, award-winning translator of classical and modern Japanese poetry into English. American poet Gary Snyder has called Sato "perhaps the finest translator of contemporary Japanese poetry into American English."

Holly Thompson

Writes for children through adults and is the author of the novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press), the young adult verse novel Orchards (Delacorte/Random House), and the picture book The Wakame Gatherers (Shen's Books). 

Hosai Ozaki

An alcoholic, Ozaki witnessed the birth of the modern free verse haiku movement. His verses are permeated with loneliness, most likely a result of the isolation, poverty and poor health of his final years.

Jan van Rij

A long-time opera buff, served as an E.U. diplomat in Japan, highly regarded for his intimate understanding of Japanese-European relations.

Jarrell D. Sieff

Has lived in every kind of Japanese residence and community and travels regularly to Japan for his San Francisco-based import/export business.

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