with Roland Kelts

Author Roland Kelts is a Tokyo-based Japanese-American writer, editor and scholar. His first book "Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US" is considered the ultimate guide to Japan’s pop culture juggernaut — required reading for many Hollywood producers, artists, academics and fans worldwide. He contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Nikkei, The Times Literary Supplement and other publications in the US, Europe and Japan, and is a primary source on Japanese culture for CNN, the BBC, the CBC and NHK. He is also a columnist for The Japan Times and a professor at Waseda University in Tokyo. He has interviewed Hayao Miyazaki, Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ono among others, and has given speeches on Japan for think tanks, embassies, universities, pop culture conventions and private events throughout the US, Europe and Asia, including TED Talks and The World Economic Forum. Kelts has taught at The University of Tokyo, New York University, Columbia University, Sophia University, and Harvard University. He has won several awards and fellowships, including a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard.


Letter from Tokyo, August 2021: Cicada cry

I caught cicadas in my grandparents’ garden when I was five years old. This was in Morioka City in August, the first full month I lived...