Kittredge Cherry

Author Kittredge Cherry studied in Japan on a Rotary International Journalism scholarship at Kobe College and International Christian University in Tokyo. She blogs about Japan at

She has written about Japan for such publications as Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her popular “Cool Words” column was a regular feature at the Asahi Weekly from 2006 to 2009. The New York Times Book Review praised her “very graceful, erudite” writing style and her poetry has won several awards.

Ms. Cherry’s talent for analyzing language trends led to her first book, Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women, originally published by Kodansha International in 1987. She went on to write six more books, including Art That Dares, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 2007.

Her specialties include writing about women’s issues, language, culture, religion, LGBTQ issues, and communication. Ms. Cherry’s books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, German, and Polish.

A native of Iowa, she has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and art history from the University of Iowa, and a master’s degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Ms. Cherry and her spouse, Audrey Lockwood, live in Los Angeles.


  • “A very graceful, erudite job… Insights that will enlighten those readers who know nothing about Japanese women and those who do know something, those who do not speak Japanese and those who do. Many of the expressions Ms. Cherry presents are extraordinarily revealing.”
    —The New York Times, Feb 7, 1988