Kamigata Rakugo: Comic Storytelling in Japan’s Cultural Heartland (reviewed and under revision).

BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS (selected work available for download at

“Mishima Yukio (1925-1970)” in Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History. Edited by Howard Chiang (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2019).

Rakugos Negotiation of Militarism during the World War II Years” in Defamiliarizing Japan’s Asia-Pacific War. Edited by W. Puck Brecher and Michael Myers (forthcoming, University of Hawai‘i Press).

“Spotlight – Popular Arts: Rakugo and Misemono” in A History of Japanese Theatre. Edited by Jonah Salz (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

“Laughter After Wars: Rakugo Under the American Occupation” in Rising from the Flames: The Rebirth of Theatre in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952. Edited by Samuel L. Leiter (Lexington Books, 2009).


“The (Un)Coded Language of Rakugo and Why It’s Still King, and Queen.” Journal of East Asian Pragmatics, special issue on “Humour in East Asian Cultures: Context and Interpretation,” edited by Jessica Milner Davis and Daniel Kadar (in progress).

Using Yoshikono and War to Save Rakugo in Osaka.” Japan Forum, vol. 30, no. 3: 394-420 (2018).

Jippensha Ikku, Hizakurige, and Comic Storytelling. Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 20: 46-75 (2012).

Travel and Tabibanashi in the Early Modern Period: Forming Japanese Geographic Identity. Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 25, no. 1: 101-121 (spring 2008).


Review of Ashton Michael Lazarus’ “Performing Culture: Representations of Commoner Performance in Early Medieval Japan.” Ph.D. Dissertation, Yale University 2014. 317 pp. Dissertation Reviews (March 2016).

Review of Ian McArthur’s Henry Black: On Stage in Meiji Japan. Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2013. 274 pp. Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 32, no. 2: 675-680 (fall 2015).

Review of Melek Ortabasi’s The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation, and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2014. 329 pp. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. 78, no. 3: 662-664 (October 2015).

Review of Damian Flanagan’s Yukio Mishima. London: Reaktion Books, 2014. 256 pp. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. 78, no. 2: 426-427 (June 2015).

Review of Keller Kimbrough and Satoko Shimazaki’s (eds.) Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan. Boulder, Colorado: Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, 2011. 247 pp. Japanese Language and Literature, vol. 46, no. 1: 67-73 (spring 2012).

Review of Lorie Brau’s Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008. 257 pp. Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 26, no. 1: 191-194 (spring 2009).


Rakugo wa kaigai ni dō miseru beki ka” (Eng. How Should Rakugo Be Presented Overseas?). Rakugo and Media (Waseda University Theatre Museum Exhibition Catalogue, autumn 2016).

English supertitles for Nagashima Hiroaki,“Misreading Famous Verses from the Edo Period” (Jpn. Edo jidai no meiku no godoku), a lecture given at the East Asian Seminar Series, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge, 25 January 2016. Full text (5412 words, reproduction with permission only).

Enpaku de no ichinen o furikaette” (Eng. Looking Back on a Year at the Theatre Museum). Engeki hakubutsukan: enpaku book, vol. 111 (March 2015).

Research article “Long Before Asics and Mizuno: Hikyaku, Japan’s First Running Elite” submitted to Running Times. Acknowledged in “Running Messengers: The Great Tradition” by Roger Robinson, December 2010, issue 382, p. 78. Full text (2130 words, reproduction with permission only).

Co-curator for “Poets and Printmakers: Literary Themes in Japanese Prints” at the Robert F. Lange Foundation Gallery, Honolulu Academy of Art. January 28 – March 28, 2010. Curated section featuring Jippensha Ikku’s Tōkaidōchū hizakurige in ukiyo-e.

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