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The Notebook on Cities and Culture Guide to Japan

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This page indexes all of Notebook on Cities and Culture‘s Japan-recorded and Japan-related interviews. Stay tuned for much more and about the Land of the Rising Sun.





  • Pico Iyer, author of Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, The Global Soul, and most recently The Man Within My Head
  • Christopher Olson, artist, critic, and teacher


  • Tim Olive, guitarist, improviser, and sound artist

Los Angeles:

  • Todd Shimoda, author of “philosophical mystery” novels with science, engineering, Japanese and Japanese-American themes (this interview covers Subduction)
  • Roland Kelts, visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of Tokyo, contributing editor to literary journals A Public Space and Japan’s Monkey Business International, and author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S
  • Leslie Helm, former Tokyo correspondent for Business Week and the Los Angeles Times and author of Yokohama Yankee: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan
  • Dan Kuramoto, founding member of the band Hiroshima
  • Eric Nakamura, founder of Asian-American aesthetic culture and lifestyle brand Giant Robot

Marketplace of Ideas interviews:

  • John Nathan, translator of Yukio Mishima and Kenzaburō Ōe, filmmaker, and author of the memoir Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere [MP3] [MP3]
  • Ian Buruma, writer, documentarian, Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College, and author of The China Lover, a historical novel examining on life and career of Manchurian-born Japanese actress Yoshiko Yamaguchi [MP3]
  • Kim Richardson, executive producer at The Criterion Collection and producer of box set Pigs, Pimps and Prostitutes: Three Films by Shohei Imamura [MP3]
  • Nick Currie, a.k.a. Momus, musician, writer, artist, “avant-gardist,” and Osaka resident [MP3]
  • Todd Shimoda, author of “philosophical mystery” novels like 365 Views of Mt. Fuji, The Fourth Treasure and now Oh!: A Mystery of Mono No Aware [MP3]